We spoke recently about KO's where a fighter goes down face first, and how graphic they look. We've also mentioned how a fighter can get to their feet and not really have any idea where they are. They are two types of KO and today we look at another type, a body shot KO. A shot where the victim is essentially rendered in so much agony from a shot to the body that they can't beat the count, and sometimes can't even attempt to get to their feet. Today we're going to look at a rather obscure body shot KO, but a brutal one all the same.
Yuji Gomez (9-0, 8) vs Siengthip Sitsyasei (3-6, 1)
Although not too well known in the west Eugenio Gomez, better known as Yuji Gomez, was a Japanese based American born fighter who made a reputation a destructive fighter on the Japanese Featherweight scene. In his first 9 bouts only one had gone beyond a round, and that was his 4 round decision win over Hirotaka Aiuchi in 1999. Gomez was ripping through fighters for fun and was destroying both domestic fighters and visitors. In 2000 he had scored 3 opening round wins before taking on Thai foe Siengthip Sitsyasei.
It's fair to say that few will know anything about Siengthip Sitsyasei. He had fought for the Thai Super Bantamweight title in 1991 and then seemingly vanished from boxing for 8 years before returning in 1999 and losing to In Jin Chi, Yuji Watanabe and Eiichi Suguma, all by stoppage. Coming in to his first with Gomez his record was, reportedly, 3-6 with his last win coming more than 9 years earlier against Nungthai Sitamporn.
For all intents and purposes this was a mismatch. The rampaging Gomez was taking on a limited fighter who was without a win in years and was picking up stoppage losses. That however didn't mean Gomez was going to take it lightly on the Thai. Instead Gomez wanted his 7th straight opening round stoppage.
From the off Gomez was aggressive and about a minute into the fight he has Siengthip on the ropes. From there he let his shots go, landing one left to the body, a right uppercut slipped through the guard, as the Thai bent over a left glanced his head then another left to the body. Down went the Thai and nobody needed to count. Siengthip wasn't getting up. Instead he was left writhing in agony at damn near being split in half from the two devastating left hooks to the mid-section.
Whilst this isn't the biggest KO, or the best it's one of those finishes that leaves you wincing knowing that Siengthip will be urinating blood the following day and will not be on solid food for a while. His insides will have felt this one for a few days afterwards.
Thinking Out East
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