November 24th 2012 is one of the most important dates in Chinese boxing history. That was the day they crowned their first ever male world champion, Xiong Zhao Zhong, who claimed the WBC Minimumweight title. He would make 2 defenses beting Denver Cuello and Lookrak Kiatmungmee, both in 2013, before coming up against Mexican challenger Oswaldo Novoa on this day in 2014.
Coming in to bout Zhong was the WBC Minimumweight champion, with a record of 22-4-1 (12) and he was riding a 4 fight winning run, following a 2012 loss to Shin Ono. Novoa on the other hand was 12-4-1 (7), although riding a 5 fight winning run he was 6-4 in his previous 10 bouts and had certainly done any massive to earn a world title fight, though at the time there was a lack of notable fighters at 105lbs.
Sadly for Zhong it was not to be his day, as Novoa would dominate him, then stop him in the 5th round, to give us the first ever loss of a world title by a Chinese fighter.
Interestingly Novoa would only defend the title once before losing to Wanheng Menayothin in 2014. What's really interesting is, at the time of writing, Novoa has gone 0-4-3 in his 7 bouts since losing to Wanheng. Zhong on the other has had mixed success since losing to Novoa, going 5-3 (2).
Also on this day
2011-Nobuo Nashiro Vs Tomas Rojas
2002-Willie Jorrin v Osamu Sato
2000-Sompoch Harnvichachai v SangIk Yang
1996-Yuri Arbachakov v Raul Juarez
1988-Marlon Starling v Fujio Ozaki