August 12th seems to have become a somewhat popular day in recent times for boxing, but in the past the day has had limited notable action. In 1967 however it was the day in which Japan's Hiroyuki Ebihara came up short in his bout with the then WBA Flyweight champion Horacio Accavallo. Despite this set back Ebihara would win this very same belt 19 months later by out pointing Jose Severino to become a 2-time world champion.
Some 39 years after Ebihara's loss to Accavallo the boxing world welcomes the debut of two fighters. They were Toshiyuki Igarashi, who debuted with a victory over Yun-Woo Kim, and Filipino slugger Romeo Jakosalem, who lost a decision to Weng Haya. Igarashi would later go on to become a WBC Flyweight champion in 2012. As for Jakosalem he would later become an OPBF Light Welterweight champion before losing his belt to Min Wook Kim in a short but fun to watch contest in 2012.
More recently, in 2013, wad had several bouts of note in Japan. At the Korakuen Hall fans were treat to the historic achievement of Tadashi Yuba who became a 5-weight Japanese champion courtesy of a an opening round blow out of Yosuke Kirima which saw him claim the Japanese Light Middleweight title.
Whilst Yuba was claiming his 5th division title in in one part of Tokyo fans also had the chance to see both Shinsuke Yamanaka and Akira Yaegashi defending their WBC world titles in a different part of Tokyo. Yamanaka made very light work of the over-matched Jose Nieves in a bout that lasted just 160 seconds. In the other bout Yaegashi struggled to a decision over Oscar Blanquet in a messy contest.
(Image, of Ebihara and Accavallo, courtesy of boxrec.com)