On this day...
2016-Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21) vs Lucas Browne (23-0, 20)
The WBA Heavyweight title scene has been a total mess since Ruslan Chagaev beat Fres Oquendo in July 2014, with Oquendo still owed a world title fight due to winning a legal following that bout. Yes we know how stupid that situation is. Things haven't really tidied themselves up, and in 2016, whilst Oquendo was still awaiting a shot, we saw Chagaev, from Uzbekistan, face off with Lucas Browne. Chagaev would have a comfortable lead as we entered the later stages, but would be dropped and later stopped in round 10 by Browne. The loss would end Chagaev's career, but Browne was unable on the win due to a controversial failed drugs test, that kept him out of the ring for over a year.
2015-Knockout CP Freshmart (9-0, 5) Vs v Muhammad Rachman (65-11-5, 35)
Unbeaten Thai would Knokcout CP Freshmart scored his first defense of the WBA "interim" Middleweight title, as he out pointed former 2-time world champion Muhammad Rachman. The bout wasn't a memorable one, though most Knockout bouts aren't, but was a clear win over a tough but faded former champion.
2011-Shinsuke Yamanaka (13-0-2, 9) vs Ryosuke Iwasa (8-0, 6)
We don't often talk about national titles fights in this section of the site, but we thought it worthy of making an exception for this Japanese Bantamweight fight between future world champions. The bout saw Shinsuke Yamanaka, the future WBC Bantamweight champion, making his first defense of the Japanese title against Ryosuke Iwasa, a future IBF Super Bantamweight champion. This bout would be a thriller, with both men being hard hitting southpaw, each hurting the other and it was amazingly close as we went to the final stages. A real classic one well worthy of a watch if you've never seen it. As you'll know, Yamanaka won, and would become the WBC champion 8 months later, but it's still worthy of a watch.