In recent years the 4 world title bodies have all be open to massive amounts of criticism for they do things. The willingness of the WBA and WBC to create new titles, the IBF's strict following of their own rules and the WBO's links to Bob Arum and Frank Warren. Way back in the early days of the IBF, when they were struggling to get recognition they put together some awful bouts, that left a lot to the imagination. One of the clearest examples of how bad the IBF's early champions were came at Super Flyweight, where the first champion, and most of his early challenger, were very poor.
Despite the limited ability of some of the fighters in those early title bouts we did manage to get a number of big KO's and today we look at one of those in the latest "Reliving the Finish"
Ju Do Chun (15-1-3, 6) vs Diego De Villa (15-12-6, 3)
So, for those unaware, the first ever IBF Super Flyweight champion was Korean fighter Ju Do Chun, who had won the title in Japan in 1983 when he stopped Ken Kasaugai. After making a good defense against under-rated Thai Prayurasak Muangsurin, in what was a legitimately solid match up, Chun then took on Filipino foe Diego De Villa in the third ever bout for the title.
Chun had made his debut in 1981, scoring a win, but had then struggled to make an impact, and after 4 bouts he was 1-1-2. Following that he had gone 14-0-1 claimed the Korean title and then the IBF title. Given that there were other very Super Flyweights around at the time, such as Rafael Orono, Payao Poontarat and Jiro Watanabe, Chun wasn't really regarded that highly and his title win wasn't against a notable opponent.
Whilst Chun was a champion looking for respect his second challenger, Diego De Villa, was a real unknown challenger from the Philippines. He had won the Philippines national title, but that was about the best you could say or him. His record may not be fully complete but what we do know is he had double digit losses, and had been stopped a number of times before clashing with Chun for the IBF title. There really was nothing on his record to suggest he deserved a shot, or that he had any chance.
In fairness to De Villa no one seemed to tell him he had no chance of winning, or of becoming a world champion. Or if they had he didn't care. He came out fighting from the opening seconds, and pressed the action from the off. He seemed to think that his big chance was jumping on Chun and pressing the action. For around 2 minutes that aggression and come forward fighting worked well for De Viilla. But he then slowed and around 150 seconds in we got the finish.
Almost out of nowhere Chun landed a perfect right hand, landing flush on De Villa as he he came forward. The Filipino hit the canvas face first. He was down and out, lying almost motionless as the referee raised Chun's arm.
This is certainly an obscure KO, a rather under-seen one, but a brutal, vicious one that deserves to be seen over, and over. This was genuine out of the blue, it was a thunder bolt of a shot, a single punch KO and one of those ones where the recipient was completely gone.
After this De La Villa fought twice, losing both bouts.
Chun would go on to make 3 more defenses, all by stoppage against very poor challengers, before he was dethroned in 1985 by Ellyas Pical, in what was another brutal KO. After that loss Chun would never be the same, going 1-2 before ending his career with a 20-4-3 (11) record. He may have been the first IBF Super Flyweight champion but he is certainly not a well remembered one. Thankfully for him he did score this truly brutal KO!
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).