One of the first real stars of the Minimumweight division was Japan's Hideyuki Ohashi, who is now better known for his work as a promoter and manger than as an actual fighter. Back when he was a fighter, however he was regularly referred to as a genius and as super talent. On this day in 1990 he got his first shot at a Minimumweight title, having dropped to the weight following two losses to Jung Koo Chang in Light Flyweight world title bouts.
Ohashi's opponent for this bout was Korean Jum Hwan Choi, who had had a notable reign as the IBF Minimumweight champion before losing the belt in 1988. He would claim the WBC title in 1989 and travel to Japan to face Ohashi in his first defense, going to the legendary Korakuen Hall for the bout.
At the time of this bout the 26 year old Choi was 20-2 (8), the defending WBC champion whilst the 24 year old Ohashi was 12-3 (8), he had yet to win a world title but was very highly regarded due to his amateur career and his efforts against Chang. Finally things clicked for Ohashi and he would beat Choi into submission, stopping the Korean in the 9th round with some huge body shots.
Sadly this would be the end for Choi, who retired following his first stoppage loss, with a career tally of 20-3 (8). Sadly Ohashi's reign was a short one, losing the belt 8 months later to Ricardo Lopez. He would however go on to claim the WBA title in 1992, when he beat Hi Yong Choi. That reign was also a short one, losing the belt in 1993. He would retire with a record of 19-5 (12) and would later set up the Ohashi gym, which is now one of the most highly regarded gyms in Japan.
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