For this edition of Remarkable Rounds we're looking at one of the most one sided rounds ever, but it was a round that set the stage for what would later become one of the most astonishing comebacks we've ever seen. This is a round from 1977, and came in front of a super hot crowd in Panama as a Korean warrior faced a rising teenage star for the newly created WBA Super Bantamweight.
Soo Hwan Hong (39-4-3, 13) vs Hector Carrasquilla (11-0, 11)
Korean fighter Soo Hwan Hong was a 27 year old who had made his debut way back in 1969, actually fighting to a draw in his debut. In the years that followed he managed to make a good name for himself, winning the South Korean, OPBF and WBA Bantamweight titles. His biggest career win, up to this point, had been a big win in South Africa against Arnold Taylor for the WBA Bantamweight title in 1974. Sadly his reign didn't last long, and he ran into the brilliant Alfonso Zamora in 1975 before losing a rematch to Zamora in 1976. The following year he moved up in weight won a world title eliminator in a 12 round bout with Futaro Tanaka in October the following month travelled to Panama for this bout.
Aged just 17 Hector Carrasquilla was seen as one of the rising stars of Panama. He had made his debut in 1976 and had rapidly risen through the ranks. His first 9 bouts all finished in the first 2 rounds and he looked like a sensational prospect. In his 10th bout he was taken 7 rounds by Andres Torres but continued his destructive run and then he booked his place in a title fight by stopping Jesus Esparragoza in 3 rounds in August 1977.
On paper this was meant to be the coronation of Carrasquilla. He was fighting in front of huge support at the Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City and in round 2 that coronation looked like it was about to happen.
The first part of the round started with Carrasquilla boxing really well behind his jab before Hong managed to get inside. Being inside may have neutralised Carrasquilla's jab but not his power and about 70 seconds into the round Hong was dropped. The crowd went crazy anticipating another early win for the local star. Hong got up, but was down for a second time only 20 seconds later. Again Hong got up, ready to continue and he took the fight immediately to Carrasquilla, looking to smother the local, before being dropped a third time.
Once again, Hong would get up, then he would be dumped down for a fourth time. With more than 30 seconds left to survive it seemed we were set for Panama to crown it's new king and the two traded bombs to the bell.
This was sensational stuff from Carrasquilla, with his power, and Hong, with his heart and determination. This is a round that needs to be seen and is part of a great fight that amazingly saw Hong bounce back to win giving us one of the best, and most surprising, comebacks ever.
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