Another month is over and we again get to look at the Best of Boxing Raise. Which has actually been a disappointing month in some ways, with only 2 "new" shows, but has also been an interesting one with some intriguing old content being made available on the service.
Whilst there has been a lack of great fights, there's been a mix of stuff that we would advise checking out if you have the service available to you.
As with our previous "Best of Boxing Raise" article all the fights featured here can be accessed by subscribers by logging into Boxing Raise and adding the "movie/####" to "https://boxingraise.com/".
Japanese Taison in action - Taison Morishita (1-0) Vs Yuma Omine (0-1) [movie/7282/]
This bout sort of caught our attention before it took place, as we'd been told Taison Morishita was one to watch, and here he proved that he was an exciting and aggressive fighter. Sadly his dance partner, Yuma Omine, seemed to be an unwilling participant at times though we're including this fight regardless as we suggest people begin to take note of Morishita. He might not be a future world champion in the making but he is certainly going to be someone very fun to follow, as far he goes.
The first KO Dynamite Final - Marvin Esquierdo (15-2-1, 9) Vs Ribo Takahata (16-8-1, 6) [/movie/7286/]
It's great to see an unheralded fighter really impress when given an opportunity, and that's exactly what Filipino Marvin Esquierdo did in the KO Dynamite tournament. In his first round he blitzed Koichi Ito before facing Ribo Takahata in the final. This final was an entertaining one, a nice clash of styles and a a good test of what Esquierdo was able to do with an awkward, tall, experienced veteran like Takahata. Not a war by any stretch, but one of the more entertaining bouts from the month.
The second KO Dynamite Final - Tuguldur Byambatsogt (1-0) Vs Vladimir Baez (26-5-2, 24) [/movie/7288/]
The other KO Dynamite final was even more interesting than the first, without being as exciting of a fighter. This, on paper, was a disgusting mismatch, a novice professional with just 5 rounds of experience against a 33 fight veteran with more first round knockouts, 6, than his opponents total rounds. Despite the gulf in experience Mongolian fighter Tuguldur Byambatsogt was looking to prove that skills could over-come the experience and power of Japanese based Dominican Vladimir Baez. This was genuinely compelling without being action packed. A very cerebral fighter against a very aggressive one.
Youth title fight - Kaiki Yuba (6-0-2, 4) vs Kanta Takenaka (7-4-1, 2) [/movie/7325/]
We didn't have too many truly impressive performances on Boxing Raise this month, but we were impressed by the second generation fighter Kaiki Yuba, who faced off with Kanta Takenaka in a Japanese Youth Lightweight title fight. This wasn't a particularly competitive bout, but it was a controlled and calm performance from a rising 21 year old who is certainly one to watch.
Female World Title fight! - Etsuko Tada (19-3-2, 6) vs Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) [/movie/7326/]
On paper the most significant bout on the service this month was the WBO female Minimumweight bout between Etusko Tada, a former 3-time world champion, and Ayaka Miyao, a former champion at Atomweight. This was compelling from the early stages, with Tada's power and more physical style going against Miyao's speed and combinations. This was hard to score, high level action and a genuinely brilliant contest where both fighters had their strengths, and flaws, shown.
Controversial God's Left Tournament Final - Kazuki Nakajima (8-0, 7) vs Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [/movie/7327/]
The most controversial bout on Boxing Raise this month was also the one we had the highest hopes for, with it being the God's Left Bantamweight tournament final. The bout pitted Ohashi gym fighter Kazuki Nakajima against Kadoebi fight and on paper this looked very explosive. Surprisingly this ended up being a lot more of a compelling boxing contest, than a shoot out, with Tsutsumi coming up with a smart gameplan that really didn't allow Nakajima to use his size advantages. This ended in controversial fashion, started slowly and warmed up brilliantly. A real stand out for the month.
A classic war - Takuya Kogawa (23-4, 13) vs Hiroki Saito (9-4, 5) [/movie/7345/]
Although this bout didn't take place this month it was one of the classic bouts added to the Boxing Raise archive, and is a genuine must watch. This bout takes us all the way back to July 2015 and saw Takuya Kogawa take on Hiroki Saito for the then vacant Japanese Flyweight title. We always knew Kogawa could put on a show but boy did Saito play his part in delivering an instant under-ground classic. This was amazing, and it's great that Boxing Raise have added it to their library this month.
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).