It's not often we get to do one of these based around just one day, it's even rare when the day was exactly one year ago but it's hard to forget just how great November 30th 2013 really was. The day had a host of world title bouts spread across the world and was a genuinely memorable day.
The first of the bouts came in China where China's first male world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong made the second, and final, successful defense of the WBC Minimumweight title as he dominated Thailand's Lookrak Kiatmungmee. Lookrak got the fight on very late notice after the Chinese government apparently had issues with Omari Kimweri and the challenger really did look completely out of his depth before eventually being stopped in the 5th round of the bout. For Zhong the win was an impressive looking one but Lookrak was an awful opponent who lacked everything a challenger needed to even make a fight interesting.
Although the Chinese bout was a mismatch there was some competitive action in the Philippines where the then WBO Minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo was very lucky to retain his title against talented Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago in a bout that ended in a draw. The bout was one of the late runners for the 2013 FOTY year though sadly began a career free fall for Sabillo who has lost his two subsequent bouts, one of which was a painful beat down to Francisco Rodriguez Jr whilst the other was a massive shock loss to Faris Nenggo.
On the same Filipino card the locals did have something to celebrate as Donnie Nietes made extremely light work of Sammy Gutierrez in what amounted to a stay busy world title defence for "Ahas" who was already looking toward a rematch with Moises Fuentes, a rematch that took place this year with Nietes looking at his best to stop Fuentes.
Later the same day we saw Russia Sergey Kovalev dominate Ismayl Sillah before knocking the Ukrainian out in the second round to retain the WBO Light Heavyweight title. We were all hoping this would lead to a bout between Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson, who was also on this show, though that bout never materialised with Stevenson doing all he could to avoid Kovalev and deprieve fans of what would have been a very highly anticipated bout between two truly heavy handed fighters.