Today we get to have another look at a great KO, this time from 2012 when we get one of the most under-rated KO's of the year. The bout, held at the Xebio Arena, was a WBC Bantamweight title fight that saw one of the faces of Japanese boxing taking on a tough and established Mexican challenger. It ended with the challenge face down on the canvas a brilliant, brutal, and exceptional combination from the champion.
Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11) Vs Tomas Rojas (39-13-1, 26)
In November 2011 Shinsuke Yamanaka won the WBC Bantamweight title, stopping Christian Esquivel. The following November he made his second defense, as he took on highly experienced Mexican veteran Tomas Rojas.
Although Rojas was no elite level fighter he had been a WBC Super Flyweight champion and had scored notable wins in Japan against the likes of Kohei Kono and Nobuo Nashiro. After losing the WBC Super Flyweight title in 2011, to Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, he had moved up in weight and was now getting a chance to become a 2-weight world champion.
At this point Yamanaka wasn't too well known internationally. His most notable win was a close decision over Vic Darchinyan, and other than that it was his wins over Esquivel and Ryosuke Iwasa that stood out. Here however he left us with a highlight reel KO that still gets attention to this day.
Through 6 rounds the bout had been fairly competitive. Yamanaka was winning but was needing to work for the win. Early in round 7 that all changed.
Yamanaka would land a long left hand, rocking Rojas. Before Rojas could recover Yamanaka fired in a right uppercut, further rocking Rojas who some how remained on his feet. A left from Yamanaka missed but a second uppercut landed, and then a piledriver of a left hand on to the chin sent Rojas crashing down to the canvas, flat on his front.
The combination was brutal and Rojas had no chance to get to his feet. This was beautifully violent and one of the very best KO's of 2012.
After the win Yamanaka would build a reputation as a destructive puncher, stopping his next 4 opponents as he went on his long world title reign. Rojas on the other hand fought earlier this year and is still going strong despite having over 70 bouts to his name now!
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