With live boxing still off on the horizon, we thought we'd have a bit of fun looking at some of the most eye catching knockouts in Asian Boxing history. This really isn't going to make up for the complete lack of action we've got right now, but will hopefully be a chance to share some perhaps over-looked finishes from Asia.
Naoya Inoue (1-0, 1) Vs Ngaoprajan Chuwatana (9-10, 9)
We get to begin this series with a KO that was compared, at the time, to Sugar Ray Robinson's sensational knockout of Gene Fullmer by Joe Koizumi. Whilst the fight didn't have the same meaning as that one, the shot it's self is similar and had Japanese scribe fans in serious excitement about the sensational youngster they had seen in just his second professional bout.
The fighter in question was the then 19 year old Naoya Inoue, who had made his debut just 3 months earlier, stopping Crison Omayao, and was returning to take on the usually durable Ngaoprajan Chuwatana from Thailand. Chuwatana was no world beater, but from his 19 fights coming in to this he had faced a real mini-who's who, including 3 men who, at some point, won world titles, and a further 3 world title challengers. He had also gone the distance in an OPBF title bout, in a very competitive bout against Toshikazu Waga.
Like the Robinson shot it was a counter left hook, whilst going backwards, that landed like a peach.
Some how the Thai got to his feet, being counted out standing, but that's not to take away from how brilliant the finish shot was. For a fighter to do this only his second bout, whilst still a teenager, against a fighter who had gone much longer with the likes of Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, Katsunari Takayama, Ryo Miyazaki and Jonathan Taconing.
Given Inoue has scored more impressive wins since this one it's easy to over look how impressive this was at the time, but it deserves a rewatch. The timing, the placement, and the speed were all sublime and thanks to TBS we got replays from multiple angles. For a man in just his second bout to do this is genuine sensationally, though of course as we all know now Inoue is no normal fighter.
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).