In 2013 we got one of the year's best fights on August 17th as WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura travelled to Mexico and had a 12 round war with heavy handed challenger Sergio Thompson. The bout was a real thriller with neither man know when, or how, to back down leaving us with little more than relentless violence as the boxing world sat up and took note of Miura who proved himself to be more than just "the other Takashi".
Exactly 3 years prior to the Miura/Thompson bout Thailand's Teerachai Kratingdaenggym won his the interim PABA Welterweight title. Teerachai has held the title, in various upgraded forms, ever since.
Staying on the theme of titles 1980 saw James Callaghan making the only defence of his Japanese Middleweight title. The bout, Callaghan's 6th as a professional, turned out to be his last before he retired 6-0.
According to the boxrec.com database Nepal had it's first ever professional boxing card on August 17th 1998. The show, which apparently only featured a single fight, is one of only 2 recorded to have taken place in the country. The bout was won, via 7th round TKO, by Surendra Guring who appears to hold the distinctive honour of being the only ever Nepalese boxer to have a won a fight in the country!
On a similar theme, the same date in 1975 gave us the second ever show in Macao. This show came some 5 months after the first card and although Macau isn't the same as it is now it's still an interesting observation given that it's now well over 30 years since the first set of Macau cards!
in 1960 Flash Elorde blew away Harold Gomes in just 80 seconds to record his first defence of the world Super Featherweight title. Elorde had beaten Gomes, in 7 rounds, to claim the title 5 months earlier and would hold the title as world champion until 1964 when he lost Carlos Ortiz. Whilst he was the world champion at 130lbs Elorde continued to defend the OPBF Lightweight title, which he lost and regained before losing his world title. Elorde is still widely considered as one of the 3 greatest Filipino fighters of all time and his record of 89-27-2 (33) saw him battling against the best in the world.
In terms of birthdays Thailand's Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai was born in 1974. Yodsanan, real name Theera Phongwan, was a PABA champion at 130lbs at the turn of the millennium before later going on to claim the WBA Super Featherweight title with a victory over Lakva Sim. He is however best remembered for his war with Vicente Mosquera in 2005, sadly however the Thai lost his title in that bout and never got another show at a world title.
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