One of the truly brilliant things about this sport is how many amazing moments are completely obscure and unknown by the wider boxing world. The little moments that we want to share, the little moments that deserve to be watched time and time again. The moments that are, for all intents, buried deep in the history of this amazing sport we all follow. We might all find the sport annoying and irritating at times, but the reason we watch are for those magical moments that fill you with a sense of satisfaction. Today we have one such moment that is buried deep within boxing history, but is something we feel will given every fight fan that feeling they get when they see something special happen in the sport.
And oh boy is this a lost moment from 1989.
Yuichi Kasai (1-0, 1) v Osamu Nagaishi (0-0)
We suspect hardcore fans may recognise Yuichi Kasai's name. The talented Japanese fighter would run up a 24-4-1 (15) record during his professional career that ran from 1989 to 1997. His career saw him fight in 3 world title bouts, lost to Wilfredo Vazquez in 1994 and Antonio Cermeno in 1996 and 1997, all in bouts for the WBA Super Bantamweight title. After finishing his in ring career he would go on to become a noted trainer in Japan and is still very highly regarded for his training work.
After making his debut, against Unchain Kaji, Kasai's second opponent was Osamu Nagaishi.
From what we understand Nagaishi was making his debut, though Japanese records on boxrec from this time are incomplete, and really little was known about him. Even now, more than 30 years on from this bout, we really don't know much about Nagaishi.
The first round of the bout had been relatively undramatic with both men looking happy to box at range and use their jabs. It was relatively drama-less, until the final 30 seconds, but Kasai did look the better boxer and was the one pressing for the most part. It wasn't an exciting round, but that wasn't a surprise given it was two men with just a combined single professional bout between at the time.
In round 2 Kasai moved through the gears, realising that Nagaishi had little to really threaten him with. The future world champion kept backing up his foe and was proving to be the much better fighter, with Nagaishi trying to fighting back and create space. Kasai managed to hurt his man mid way through the round and Nagaishi then took a solid combination. He backed up again, looking to recover but Kasai followed him and launched this monstrous right hand that sent Nagaishi's gumshield into the 10th row and flattened his man.
This as a clean a KO shot you're likely to see, and with gumshield flying it really does make for one of those magic moments.
This is a finish to relive and we get lucky as their was a slow motion replay as well showing the gumshield fly in brilliant fashion.
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