The first of the bouts we came across was from 1967 when Japanese fans enjoyed an all Japanese clash for the then unified Super Featherweight crown. The fight saw Yoshiaki Numata entered the bout as the WBA and WBC champion at 130lbs, with both titles having been taken from the great Flash Elorde some 6 months earlier, though they left with Hiroshi Kobayashi who dropped Numata several times to force a 12th round stoppage. Numata, for all his bravery was behind on the scorecards entering round 12 and would have needed a sweep to retain his belts.
A year later Filipino fans had reason to celebrate as Pedro Adigue Jr took a decision over Adolph Pruitt to claim the WBC Light Welterweight title. It was the first time the WBC and WBA titles in the division has been held by different men with the WBA belt then being in the possession of the great Niccolino Locche, who had beaten Takeshi Fuji just 2 days earlier.
It was almost 20 years later, 1986, that we had out third bout of note as legends collided in the Sum-In Gymnasian in Incheon. The bout saw the sensation Jung Koo Chang retain his WBC Light Flyweight title with a 5th round TKO of Japan's Hideyuki Ohashi in what was their first meeting. The two would fight again in 1988 and although Ohashi lasted longer in that contest he was still stopped by the “Korean Hawk” who actually retired after the second bout. Ohashi would later become a 2-time Minimumweight world champion and then set up the Ohashi gym, one of the best in Japan right now. Chang on the other hand would later be inducted into the IBHOF.
Most recently, 2013, we saw Kazakhstan fighter Beibut Shumenov make light work of the horribly over-matched Tamas Kovacs. Shumenov won in 3 rounds dropping Kovacs in every round of what was essentially a show case to help build up a contest between Shumenov and Bernard Hopkins the following year.