Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Yaegashi vs Porpramook: New FOTY Leader on Youtube

by Cliff Rold

Prior to their rematch on Saturday night, this scribe referred to April 2011’s Hernan “Tyson” Marquez-Luis Concepcion thriller as the legitimate leader for Fight of the Year. 

Those words were written in ignorance. 

Flying below the radar was a fight from October 24th.  Seeing is believing and, once seen, the leader for 2011 Fight of the Year will become clear.  On the 24th, Japan’s Akira Yaegashi (15-2, 8 KO) won the WBA 105 lb. title from Thailand’s Pornsawan Porpramook (23-4-1, 16 KO) with a tenth round stoppage.  

Intrigued by a Tweet from Maxboxing’s Steve Kim referring to the bout as a Fight of the Year candidate, this fight that was so overlooked as to be missed in the weekly ratings update jumped to the top of the YouTube queue. 

The first two rounds are good, solid action.  Round three is where the switch goes off and the road to a genuine fistic classic kicks in.  With at least three round of the year candidates, it is the eighth round meriting leader status for round of the year. 

Badly swelling around the eyes, Porpramook took a bad beating in the first minute or so, backed into the ropes more than once and looking like his lights were about to be put out.  A counter right off the ropes staggered Yaegashi and changed the momentum of the round.  Leaving every bit of himself out there to save his belt, Porpramook came forward with loaded bombs, Yaegashi fighting to keep his feet and his challenge alive.  In the closing moments, Yaegashi was back into the action, both men seen winging arm shots through the fog of sheer exhaustion.

There were still two rounds to go.  In the tenth, Yaegashi would finally land the closing blow he needed and the war was over. 

The rest of the world needs to catch up what the fans at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan were blessed to witness.  It’s not too much to say real fight fans owe it to these two little warriors to honor their effort with eyeballs.

The full fight can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uv6PgYTM_I 

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by crold1 on 11-02-2011

[QUOTE=Team Vitaminas;11360806]That was my opinion but however, "to be accurate" lol Im sure others would share my opinion.Show me where the knock down was buddy.[/QUOTE] You're right; there was not technically a knockdown. The standing stop was brutal and I…

Comment by SCtrojansbaby on 11-02-2011

Great fight although I still like like Wolak vs Rodriguez and Morales vs Maidana a little better

Comment by Team Vitaminas on 11-02-2011

[QUOTE=crold1;11359183]Wasn't aware knockdowns were a prerequisite. However, to be accurate, there was a knockdown in the final round. It's role in the decisive finish is yet another vote in this fight's favor. This has been the FOTY with room to…

Comment by Cloud on 11-02-2011

[QUOTE=microMXL;11357760]whoa japanese commentators makes everything way better[/QUOTE] LOL i agree. Ive often heard them shout themselves hoarse during commentary with sports. For me, Tyson Marquez vs. Luis C is still fight of they year...although, this a fantastic fight and very…

Comment by crold1 on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=Team Vitaminas;11358106]Great fight , but no fight of the year with no knockdowns.sorry[/QUOTE] Wasn't aware knockdowns were a prerequisite. However, to be accurate, there was a knockdown in the final round. It's role in the decisive finish is yet another…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines Mikey Garcia: If Gamboa Can Get a Title, I Would Fight Him Miguel Cotto Ring Return Being Positioned For June 24 Jermell Charlo: Hatley Hasn't Fought Near My Level of Competition Kudryashov-Durodola Rematch - WBC Final Eliminator, May 20 Juan Manuel Marquez Files Lawsuit Over Fraud, 2.3 Million Stolen Luis Ortiz: After My April Fight - I Want Wilder, Joshua or Parker! Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Receives Hero's Welcome at Home Arum Tired of Waiting, Gives Pacquiao Deadline To Decide on Horn Sullivan Barrera: Parker Fight is Another Step To a World Title Luis Ortiz vs. Derric Rossy Possible For Berto-Porter Card Froch: We May See The 'Best and Last' of Klitschko With Joshua Photos: Alberto Machado, Juan Jose Martinez - Go Face To Face Mayweather Gets Partial Win Over Ms. Jackson in Court Ruling Fonfara: Training With Virgil Hunter Will Make Me a Better Fighter Francisco Vargas Might Not Return to Ring Until Sometime in 2018 Samuel Clarkson: I'm Ready To Go To War With Dmitry Bivol! Josh Kelly will face Jay Byrne in Pro Debut on Burns-Indongo Luis Ortiz Inks Pact With Al Haymon Frank Warren Hits Golovkin With Deadline To Ink Saunders Deal Canelo vs. Chavez - Movie Theater Information Photos: Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis - Face To Face at Final Presser Joe Cordina To Make Pro Debut on Murray-Rosado Card, April 22 Roach Hopes Cotto Still Gets in Two Fights Before Retirement Mikey Garcia: If I Go Up To 140, I'd Be Interested in Crawford Fight Roach: 'I Would Love' to Have Pacquiao Fight Keith Thurman Roach: I've Changed My Mind, Golovkin CAN'T Beat Andre Ward! Anthony Joshua Reflects on His Roots, Connection To Nigeria Juanma Continues To Motivate as Clash With Entrenadorcito Nears Liam Smith Vows To Use Williams To Make Statement To Critics Video: Freddie Roach on Pacquiao, Cotto, Golovkin, More Amir Khan Not Ruling Out Conor McGregor Fight in UFC or Boxing Kennedy Katende Ready To Do Damage in Sundsvall, Sweden Abel Sanchez: Ward Will Beat Kovalev, It Won't Be Controversial Errol Spence: 30,000 Fans Rooting For Kell Brook Won't Faze Me Video: Robert Garcia on Mikey, Golovkin-Jacobs, More Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis: Torch Songs Video: Abner Mares Discusses His Career, Future Options Golovkin's Coach Reacts To De La Hoya's Position on June Fight Video: Richard Schaefer on Future of Ringstar Prospects, More Leduan Barthelemy Drops, Stops Reynaldo Blanco in Nine
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement