2013– Thai fighter Stamp Kiatniwat made his professional debut at the prodigious age of 15 years old, defeating fellow Thai debutant Jaokhumphol Kaolanlek Gym. The youngster would rack in 5 fights by the end of the year as he began his climb through the rankings. He would later go on to claim the WBA “interim” Flyweight title, in 2015, and go on to fight Kazuto Ioka for the full version of that belt the following year.
1998- Exactly 20 years ago today fans in Korea saw Yong Soo Choi retain the WBA Super Featherweight title in what was to be his last defense of the belt. In the bout in question he stopped Gilberto Serrano in 9 rounds, with Serrano later claiming a world title the following year. The Korean would lose the belt just a few months later, suffering a narrow loss to Takanori Hatakeyama in their second bout.
1992- South Korean fighter In-Joo Cho was one of his country's last great fighters, and a man for ever linked to Masamori Tokuyama. He actually made his debut on this day in 1992, stopping Filipino foe Rodrigo Boy Louperez in 4 rounds. Cho would go on to claim the WBC Super Flyweight title in 1998, beating Gerry Penalosa, and would the belt until 2000 when he lost his first bout with Tokuyama. That bout with Tokuyama saw the new champion celebrate with the North Korean flag and a unified Korean flag in a rather controversial sporting moment.
1988-The highly popular Katsuya Onizuka made his debut exactly 30 years ago, defeating Shoji Akiyama inside a round. The popular “Spanky K” raced through the ranks and claimed the Japanese title in 1990 before winning the WBA world title in 1992. He would hold the WBA title from his title win in April 1992 to September 1994, with 6 successful defenses. His career was short, lasting less than 6 and a half years, but was a memorable one with a number of great fights, and a fair bit of controversy.
1978-Exactly 40 years ago fight fans saw Mexican legend Miguel Canto record his third victory over Shoji Oguma, to retain the WBC Flyweight title. Canto had beaten Oguma for the for the title in 1975 and had recorded his 11th defense against Oguma in January 1978 before his second rematch with the Japanese fighter 3 months later. Canto would continue to hold the title until March 1979, when he lost it to Chan Hee Park. Rather interesting Oguma would later take the title from Park, and go 3-0 against the Korean in 1980/1981.