Katsunari Takayama Vs Ryuji Hara
September 27th 2015-EDION Arena Osaka Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Katsunari Takayama (29-7-0-1, 11) Vs Ryuji Hara (19-1, 11)
All-Japanese world title fights are relatively rare though Katsunari Takayama seems to have been in a lot recent ones. One of those saw "The Lightning Kid" take on Ryuji Hara in what looked like a fantastic match up on paper.
September 27th 2015-EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Kazuto Ioka (17-1, 10) Vs Roberto Domingo Sosa (26-2-1, 14)
Osaka star Kazuto Ioka made history earlier this year when he claimed a third division world title in just his 18th professional fight. In his first defense of that third title he took on Roberto Domingo Sosa of Argentina, a tough but technically limited fighter from Argentina.
(Video courtesy of wowmanzana)
October 1st 2010-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Ryoichi Taguchi (12-1, 4) Vs Toshimasa Ouchi (13-5-1, 3)
In recent years Ryoichi Taguchi has made a name for himself with a tough loss to Naoya Inoue and the fact he has risen to the top of the sport and claimed himself a world title, with a clear win over Alberto Rossel. Back 2010 however he was just another fresh faced young fighter rising through the ranks. Here we see him taking on Toshimasa Ouchi in what was a significant 8 round bout for the then 23 year Watanabe gym hopeful.
(Video courtesy of MrJAPANBOX)
Hiroyuki Yoshino Vs Tadafumi Miura
December 6th 1988-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroyuki Yoshino (10-3-1, 7) Vs Tadafumi Miura (8-7-4, 3)
Japanese fighters might not make much of an impression on the world stage at Welterweight but the division has given us some thrilling bouts domestically with the exciting Hiroyuki Yoshino in a number of such fights. Back when Yoshino was the Japanese Welterweight champion in the late 1980's he faced Tadafumi Miura in what looked, on paper, like a total mismatch. Although it wasn't a drag out 12 round thriller it was highly entertaining action between two men looking to score an eye catching KO and throwing bombs at each other.
May 30rd 1989-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroyuki Yoshino (12-3-1, 9) Vs Masumi Yamaguchi (4-3, 3)
On the world stage Japanese fighters are better known for what they do at the lower weights. Domestically however we often find some of the most explosive coming in the more middling range. One example of that is this short Japanese Welterweight title bout between Hiroyuki Yoshino and Masumi Yamaguchi, that saw every punch being thrown with bad intention. This is short but sweet.
Note-Boxrec list Yamaguchi as being 4-2-1 the TV list him as 4-3, we've this second figure
Note 2-The 3 knockdown rule was in effect here
In Chul Baek vs Christophe Tiozzo
March 30th 1990-Palais des Sports de Gerland, Lyon, Rhône, France
In Chul Baek (47-2, 43) Vs Christophe Tiozzo (25-0, 17)
In May 1989 In Chul Baek claimed the WBA Super Middleweight title, with an 11th round victory over Fulgencio Obelmejias. He quickly ran up two defences before traveling to France to take on the then unbeaten Christophe Tiozzo.
(Video courtesy of rayrobinson333)
Yuji Gomez Vs Hero Bando
November 6th 1999-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Yuji Gomez (4-0, 3) Vs Hero Bando (6-0-3, 2)
American born Japanese fighter Yuji Gomez has certainly had an intriguing post-boxing life though in the ring he was a destructive fight, as seen in this short fight with Hero Bando, who would later go the distance with Takashi Uchiyama in an OPBF title bout.
28th May 1989-Hongkuk Gymnasium, Yeosu, South Korea
In Chul Baek (44-2, 30) v Fulgencio Obelmejias (49-4, 39)
In 1988 fans saw Korean puncher In Chul Baek come up short against legendary puncher Julian Jackson in a title bout at Light Middleweight. Just 18 months after that bout Baek would face Venezuelan puncher Fulgencio Obelmejias, who was defending the WBA Super Middleweight title that he had won a year earlier stopping Baek countryman Chong-Pal Park.
(Video thanks to rayrobinson333)
Terdsak Kokietgym v Eddy Comaro
September 25th 2015-Singkorn Border Pass, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
Terdsak Kokietgym (57-5-1, 37) v Eddy Comaro (32-24-5, 13)
Thai veteran Terdsak Kokietgym fought in an hellacious war in September 2014 with Orlando Salido. In just over a year since that bout he has managed to slip in 5 more bouts with the most recent coming against Indonesian fighter Eddy Comaro.
(Video courtesy of tko.in.th)
In Chul Baek Vs Julian Jackson
November 21st 1987-Las Vegas Hilton, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
In Chul Baek (41-1, 36) Vs Julian Jackson (31-1, 29)
There has, and always will be, something exciting about watching punchers face off in what is, on paper, a shoot out. One such bout saw Korean fighter In Chul Baek battle the tremendous Julian Jackson and it was clear that this one was never going to go the distance. The two men, meeting for the WBA 154lb title, had just 6 decision wins between them, from an amazing 72 combined wins. Amazingly Baek went up 14lbs soon after this bout and ended up winning a Super Middleweight title whilst Jackson would later go on to become a 2-time Middleweight champion.
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