There are two things we have learned in recent years. Firstly if a Thai fighter is called "Porpramook" they tend to be involved in slug fests, wars and truly memorable battles. Win or lose we've always loved watching Kompayak Porpramook and stablemate Pornsawan Porpramook. The second thing we've learned is that Akira Yaegashi is borderline insane when he gets in the ring.
When you have an insane fighter and a Porpramook fighting each other you're guaranteed action and excitement, as seen when Koki Eto went toe-to-toe with Kompayak Porpramook last year. The same all action excitement also shone through when Pornsawan travelled to Japan as the WBA Minimumweight champion and took on Yaegashi.
The plaudits this fight got rally did do it justice with several rounds being linked to Round of the Year awards and the fight being one of the FOTY contenders for 2011. As with most FOTY contenders we'd advise you just sit back and enjoy the action.
The recent announcement regarding the fight between Akira Yaegashi and the very talented Roman Gonzalez saw us going through the vault to find some of Yaegashi's most interesting fights from the past few years, one of those fights was his battle with the Japanese Thai Eagle Den Junlaphan.
This bout, from way back in 2007, was Yaegashi's 7th professional contest and saw him in his first world title bout taking on the very talented Eagle Den, a fighter who at the time was making the 4th defence of his second reign as he WBC Minimumweight champion. Unfortunately it was too much too soon for Yaegashi who fought much of the bout with a jaw injury, relying on his toughness and heart to see out the distance.
Although this was Yaegashi's first loss it didn't stop him from rising through the ranks and later becoming a 2-weight world champion and one of the leading figures in Japanese boxing. It was, considering the situation, a brave and gutsy performance and one that would signify the toughness of Yaegashi, the same toughness that he will need to over-come Gonzalez when the two men meet on September 5th.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.