November 7th has been a busy in recent years for Asian boxing with a number of fights in the last 20 years or so, in fact it's been so interesting recently that we didn't even need to go back to the 1970's to find more than enough interesting contests.
The furthest back that we went was to 1981 when when Japanese Light Middleweight Tadashi Mihara claimed the WBA Light Middleweight title with a narrow decision win over Rocky Fratto. The bout was for a vacant title and featured two unbeaten men in a genuinely competitive and well fought contest. Sadly for Mihara his reign came to an end up 3 months later as he returned to Japan and was stopped in 6 rounds by the talented but tragic Davey Moore. Despite the loss to Moore we did see Mihara going the rest of his career with out a loss before he retired in 1985 with an excellent record of 24-1 (15).
In 1995 Japan's Hideki Todaka made the first defense of the WBA Super Flyweight title as he over-came compatriot Akihiko Nago, who entered the bout unbeaten, with a hard fought 12 round decision. This was the first of two set backs for Nago in world title bouts with the promising Japanese fighter losing a WBC title fight just 13 months later against Masamori Tokuyama.
in 2006 we saw the brilliant Katsunari Takayama claim his second world title as he over-came Carlos Melo for the WBA interim Minimumweight crown. The bout was won by 9th round technical decision by Takayama who was in complete control prior to the stoppage exactly 90 seconds into round 9. Sadly for Takayama his reign was short lived and he lost in a WBA unification bout with Yutaka Niida just 5 months later. The loss to Niida was a close one with many feeling Takayama had done more than enough to deserve the win though Niida, fighting at home in Tokyo, took the the split decision to end Takayama's second run as a world title holder.
In 2011 Thai fans got proof that Paipharob Kokietgym was the real deal as the Thai out-pointed Jesus Silvestre to claim the WBA Minimumweight title, the very same title Takayama had won 5 years earlier. Paipharob's run as champion was a disappointing one and he failed to defend the title at all.
(Image, of Mihara, courtesy of boxrec.com)