2012-Michael Dasmarinas debut
On this day in 2012 Filipino fighter Michael Dasmarinas, now a leading Bantamweight contender, made his professional debut. The bout saw Dasmarinas beating Wilmar Pragata in Lipa City with a close 4 round decision in a bout at Light Flyweight. Since then Dasmarinas has matured into a strong and powerful Bantamweight, winning the IBO title in 2018. At the time of writing he is set for an IBF world title eliminator.
2011-Albert Pagara debut
Interestingly 1 year before Dasmarinas' debut another notable Filipino made his professional debut, this time Albert Pagara. A then 16 year old Pagara stopped Sandy Cajil in 2 rounds in Cebu City as he looked to build on his supposedly amazing amateur record. So far Pagara has shown glimpses of being a very special talent, but did sadly fall short in his big step up, losing to Cesar Juarez in 2016. At the time of writing he seems to be rebuilding well and in 2019 we're hoping to see Pagara take a big step up in class once again.
1977-Saensak Munagsurin retains against Monroe Brooks
Thai legend Saensak Muangsurin only had a short boxing career, with 20 career bouts. That career was however a remarkable one. In just his third bout Muangsurin claimed the WBC Light Welterweight title, and in his 7th bout he became a 2-time champion.
Muangsurin's 1st defense of his second reign came on this day in 1977, when he took on American challenger Monroe Brooks. The bout saw Muangsurin being dropped in round 3, before battling back to stop the American in the 15th round, with just over a minute of the bout remaining.
Sadly for Muangsurin his career would end in 1981, when he retired with a record of 14-6 (11). By the time of his retirement Muangsurin was suffering with various health issues that effected him though to the end of his life, in 2009.
1966-Pichit Sithbanprachan's birthday
We'd also like to wish former IBF Flyweight champion Pichit Sithbanprachan a happy birthday! The often forgotten Thai hld the IBF Flyweight title from 1992, when he stopped Rodolfo Blanco, through to 1994, when he announced his retirement with 5 defenses under his belt. He would later go on to make two comebacks before walking away from the sport for good with a record of 24-0 (18).
Born Supap Hanwichachai, Pichit was a very strong fighter who scored notable wins over Blanco, Dan Nietes, Kyung Yung Lee, Arthur Johnson and Jose Luis Zepeda. His style wasn't suited to a long career however and his prime was over before his 28 birthday, explaining why he originally retired so young.