On this day...
1960-Fighting Harada (0-0) Vs Isami Masui (0-0)
Japanese legend Fighting Harada debuted back on this day in 1960, beating fellow debutant Isami Masui in 4 rounds. For Masui this is the sole recorded bout of his, for Harada however this is was the first step of a legendary career that saw him going 55-7 (22), winning world titles at Flyweight and Bantamweight, and score wins over fellow legends like Pone Kingpetch, Eder Jofre, Hiroyuki Ebihara and Bernardo Caraballo.
1964-Satoshi Shingaki's birthday
Japan's Satoshi Shingaki will never go down as one of the nation's legends, but was a very notable fighter in the 1980's due to his connection with the renegade IBF Japan, leaving the JBC to work with the upstart organisation. He would be the first IBF champion, winning the IBF Bantamweight title in 1984, well before the JBC even recognised the IBF. Shingaki's career, which ended in 1990 saw him going 11-3-1 (8) but he played a notable, yet often forgot, part in the rarely remembered IBF Japan movement.