or today's "Reliving the Finish" article we look at a KO that is sadly forgotten but was a brutal finish in a Minimumweight world title bout, a division that sadly lacks brutal KO's like the one we have for you today. This is from late May 2013 and was a really sensational finish that we have again got the live footage and the replay footage for.
Ryo Miyazaki (18-0-3, 10) vs Carlos Velarde (23-2-1, 13)
At the end of 2012 Ryo Miyazaki won the WBA Minimumweight title when he beat Pornsawan Porpramook in an often forgotten instant classic. In his very first defense he took on Mexican challenger Carlos Velarde, in May 2013. The bout looked great on paper and proved to be pretty interesting through 4 very competitive and entertaining rounds.
After 4 rounds the two men were level on all 3 cards and there was little to split the two fighters, who were giving us a solid bout. It wasn't quite as exciting as Miyazaki's title win, against Pornsawan, but it was certainly not a stinker and was really fun to watch.
Everything changed late in round 5 however when Miyazaki landed probably the best punch of his career, a crippling left hook, right on to the right on to the chin that sent Velarde down.
Just moments before the finishing hook Velarde had taken a solid right hand, taking it like a champ, but had no answer to the left hook, which Miyazaki got everything behind. A absolute beauty of a shot and one of the best recent KO's in the Minimumweight division.
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.
Exactly 2 weeks ago we looked at our first "Reliving the Finish", which was Naoya Inoue's excellent finish of Ngaoprajan Chuwatana, in what was Inoue's second bout. Today we return with an older finish by someone who was incredibly talented but certainly not a puncher. Despite neither men being a KO artist, this was certain a KO worthy of reliving.
In Joo Cho (14-0, 6) vs Pone Saengmorakot (18-0, 6)
In the summer of 1998 In Joo Cho took the WBC Super Flyweight title from Gerry Penalosa with a rather questionable decision. His first defense was another questionable win, as he narrowly over-came Joel Luna Zarate. Despite being talented Cho was struggling to get recognition at world level and was struggling to win any world level bouts without needing some questionable score-cards.
Cho's biggest problem was his last of power. He simply didn't hit hard enough to get the respect of world class opponents.
In his third defense the Korean clashed with fellow unbeaten fighter Pone Saengmorakot. Pone was making his international debut and was asking questions of Cho through the first 7 rounds. Cho was doing enough to remain in the lead, but he wasn't having things all his own way. That changed late in round 8 when we got this amazing knockout from the Korean.
We're going to include two different videos here. The first one will be in real time and the second is the replays, which are in slow motion with an alternative angle.
What we see is Cho catching his Thai foe with a left, then missing with another looping left before the two men land with right hands at the same time time. When they land Pone has his lights instantly turned out.
This would be the final KO win for Cho, and the first KO loss for Pone, who was later stopped on cuts against Gerry Penalosa. Sadly for Cho his reign didn't last much longer as he lost the belt 14 months later to Masanori Tokuyama, who then scored a brilliant KO of Cho in their 2001 rematch.
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).