For 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.
Thinking Out East
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