Last time in our "Reliving the Finish" article we looked at In Joo Cho's brilliant KO win over Pone Saengmorakot and mentioned, in passing, his KO loss to Masamori Tokuyama. Now was we move on to that Tokuyama win, which was another absolute beauty.
Masamori Tokuyama (23-2-1, 5) Vs In Joo Cho (18-1, 7) II
So to set the scene, these two had clashed in August 2000, when Tokuyama took a clear decision over Cho to take the WBC Super Flyweight title, becoming the first "North Korean" to win a world title. Around 9 months later Tokuyama travelled to Seoul to give Cho a chance to reclaim the WBC title in a much anticipated rematch. For Tokuyama the bout was his second defense, whilst Cho was getting a shot to avenge his sole loss.
Through 4 rounds the bout had been fairly competitive, but Tokuyama, had been doing just a bit more and had got his nose in the lead on 2 of the scorecards.
With just 12 KO's between the men, in a combined 45 bouts, few would have expected this one to finish early. Not only did neither man posses much of a punch, but neither had been stopped.
Less than a minute into round 5 hour the unthinkable happened.
Tokuyama landed the best punch of his career, a perfect right hand, that had followed a jab that had just missed. Cho pulled straight back, making Tokuyama miss the jab, but the right hand that followed were enough to send him on to his backside.
As we did last time we have included the live KO and the replays, and boy is this a beauty of an over-looked KO.
Thinking Out East
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