December 10th has been a busy day through history with a host of notable fights coming on this day. Of course we can't go through all of them but we will take a look at a number of them.
The first two we'd like to make a note of came on the same show in 1983 as we saw the first ever IBF world title fights to be fought in Japan.
One of those bouts saw South Korean fighter Ju-Do Chun claim the inaugural IBF Super Flyweight title with a 5th round TKO against Ken Kasugai. Chun would hold this title until May 1985 when he lost to fellow puncher Elly Pical, the first Indonesian to win a world title. Kasugai never fought again afterwards.
The other bout saw Dodie Boy Penalosa claim the inaugural IBF Light Flyweight with a 13th round TKO against Satoshi Shingaki. Penalosa would defend this title until 1986 when he chose to vacate and make the move to Flyweight where he also won the IBF title. As for Shingaki he went on to become the first ever Japanese fighter to win IBF world title, though he did do it as a renegade of the JBC.
We also had two bouts in 1986 with both of these coming in Thailand.
At Flyweight fans saw the highly regarded Sot Chitalada retain his WBC Flyweight title with his 4th defence. Chitlada over-came Mexican nemesis Gabriel Bernal with a clear decision in what was their 3rd and final contest together and by far the most 1-sided of their bouts. The other one was at Super Bantamweight where former Muay Thai great Samart Payakaroon defended the WBC belt with a very memorable victory over Juan Meza. The ending was one of the most amazing in boxing history as Samart dropped his hands, weaved through a Meza attack and then took out the Mexican with a single shot to claim his first world title.
Staying in the 1980's we go to 1989. That was when Fujio Ozaki fought in his second world title bout, battling against WBA Welterweight champion Mark Breland. Unfortunately for Ozaki he was beaten by the former amateur great who stopped him in the 4th round due to a very nasty cut over his right eye. Ozaki would never fight again after this loss.
More recently fans saw Orzubek Nazarov retain the WBA Lightweight title with an excellent win over Joey Gamache. This was Nazarov's 2nd defense of the title and the Kyrgyzstan fighter really did look great great, cutting Gamache in the opening round before stopping him in round 2.