On this day...
2017- Rex Tso (20-0, 12) Vs Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3)
In 2017 we had one of the bouts of the year, as unbeaten Hong Kong fighter Rex Tso beat down gutsy Japanese foe Hirofumi Mukai in an amazing 7 round war. Tso was his usual self, bringing the pressure with an amazing intensity whilst Mukai fought off the back foot and tried to fight back, giving his something very special and very exciting. Sadly Tso only fought once more as a professional after this bout, controversially beating Kohei Kono with a technical decision, before announcing plans to compete at the 2020 Olympics. Mukai on the other hand has gone 3-1 (3) since this bout, losing in another thriller to Akira Yaegashi.
2001-Celes Kobayashi (22-4-3, 13) vs Leo Gamez (33-7-1, 25)
In August 2000 Celes Kobayashi had his first world title fight, and was held to a draw, in a close bout with Malacolm Tunacao. On this day he would step up in weight for his second world title bout, a contest with Leo Gamez for the WBA Super Flyweight title. Games, a 4 weight world champion, put up a good effort but was stopped in the 10th round as Kobayashi took his career defining win. Sadly he would record just a single defense losing the title in 2002.
2000-Veeraphol Sahaprom (25-1, 19) vs Adan Vargas (33-1-1, 22)
Thailand's Veeraphol Sahaprom made his 3rd defense of the WBC Bantamweight title when he took on Mexican challenger Adan Vargas. The challenger proved to be incredibly tough, going 12 rounds with the Thai challenger, though lost a clear decision to Sahaprom who would score more than 10 defenses before losing a the title in 2005 to Hozumi Hasegawa.