We thought that to end this series for the year we'd picked a KO that happened at the very of a year. With that in mind we had a look over the recent New Year's Eve shows and picked a KO that took place back in 2011. Although perhaps not the most iconic KO of all time, it's one that saw one man live up to his nickname, and sent another fighter into retirement. It did so in lightning quick and eye catching fashion.
Before we get on to the actual KO whilst this is the last "Reliving the Finish" for 2021 we do have a lot more of these planned for 2022 and we'll be back with the next one in a couple of weeks.
Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14) vs Jorge Solis (41-3-2-1, 30)
Dubbed "KO Dynamite" Takashi Uchiyama was one of those nasty fighters with incredible heavy hands. Technically he was a solid boxer-puncher, who liked to control range, lined up his thunderous right hand and take people out. Although never the quickest fighter or the most mobile he had a good boxing brain, brutal power and an under-rated chin. Sadly he would end his career with a pair of losses in 2016, though by then he was past his best at 36 and had been battling injuries for years.
Today we go back to his 4th defense of the WBA Super Featherweight title, which took place on December 31st 2011 at the Bunka Gym in Yokohama. Prior to this Uchiyama had defended the title against against the underwhelming pair of Angel Granados and Roy Mukhlis, as well as future world champion Takashi Miura. Despite those wins this bout was seen as a big step up, and the first time he would be defending the title against a known opponent.
His challenger on this occasion was Mexican veteran Jorge Solis. The 32 year old Solis was a 47 fight veteran who had been a well regarded fighter in his homeland and in the US. Although he lacked an elite level win he did hold notable victories over the likes of Cristobal Cruz, Orlando Soto, Miguel Roman, Monty Meza Clay, Likar Ramos and was a former WBA "interim" champion. He had also mixed in elite company, losing to Manny Pacquiao and Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Strangely the loss for Solis to Gamboa had seen him lose the WBA interim title, though he would go on to face Uchiyama just 9 months later, leaving us to just wonder how good a bout between Uchiyama and Gamboa could have been. The contrasting styles of that match up would certainly have made for a compelling contest.
For the first 10 rounds we saw a rather solid and controlled performance from Uchiyama, who was winning the bout based mostly on his smart movement and criminally under-rated jab. He seemed like he wanted to out box Solis and had a lot of respect for the Mexican. It was solid but certainly not thrilling or action packed as a fight.
Despite the controlled effort from Uchiyama he had pretty much done what he wanted and was in a very clear lead on the scorecards. He could have cruiser though in round 10 he showed a willingness to go for a finish after hurting Solis midway through the round. Solis survived, but had began to have the fight beaten out of him.
Then we get into round 11.
The round had a delayed start due to something in Solis' corner, but it did little to help the Mexican who was quickly backed up and caught by a gorgeous, swift and brutal left hook. The shot instantly dropped Solis who was flat on his back.
In real time the shot barely looked like it had connected. It had however connected perfectly, sending Solis crashing to the canvas in what would be the final moments of his professional career.
The Mexican would never fight again after this.
As for Uchiyama the Japanese champion defended the bout a further 7 times, being upgraded to "Super" champion in 2015, before losing two bouts to Jezreel Corrales and retiring to open his own gyms.
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).