One again we're keeping with the same format we've used the last few days of "On this Day", with a main fight and video, along with some other events underneath.
February 1st has given us some pretty notable events over the year, including a huge upset in 2014 and the birthday of a currently highly regarded contender. Our pick for the day however takes us back to 1997 and takes us to the Songnam Gymnasium in Seoul.
It was on February 1st 1997 that we saw Yong Soo Choi (then 21-2, 13), making his 4th defense of the WBA Super Featherweight title, and taking on Mongolian challenger Lakva Sim (then 5-0, 4). Choi had been the champion since travelling to Argentina and stopping Victor Hugo Paz in October 1995. As a champion he had twice scraped past the insanely tough Yamato Mitani, and stopped Orlando Soto. He may well have been expecting an easy win here against the inexperienced Sim. Instead the Mongolia would give him absolute hell.
Although we might be wrong, we believe this was the first time a Mongolian fighter had fought for a world title, and what a fight it was! If you've never seen this one before we can't recommend this brutally damaging war enough!
2014-Rey Loreto Vs Nkosinathi Joyi - A huge upset win for Loreto!
2014-Gennady Golovkin Vs Osumanu Adama
(These were on the same card)
2002-Artur Grigorian vs Rocky Martinez
1988-Kenichi Ogawa's birthday