In 1973 we saw a rematch between Filipino puncher Ben Villaflor and Japan's Kuniaki Shibata. In their first meeting, in March the same year, Shibata had defeated Villaflor by 15 round decision to claim the WBA Super Featherweight. The Japanese fighter's reign as champion was short lived however and after just one successful defense he ran into a bomb from Villaflor which left him flat on the back and allowed Villaflor to become a 2-time champion. Strangely Villaflor's reign came to an end almost 3 years later with Samuel Serrano out pointing him over 15 rounds, as for Shibata he would later claim the WBC version of the title. If you've not seen this bout we suggest you give it a look here.
In 1999 tragic South Korean fighter Yo Sam Choi claimed the WBC Light Flyweight world title. Choi won this title by over-coming Thailand's experienced Saman Sorjaturong with a 12 round decision victory in the first of two meetings between the two men. This was the start of the end from Saman who would go 5-5 over the next 6 years before retiring on a streak of 1 win in 6 bouts, including a stoppage loss to Choi in their second bout in 2001. For Choi this was the crowning win of his career that was sadly ended in 2007 after a victory over Heri Amol. Although Choi beat Amol he did suffer fatal injuries in the bout that sadly took his life in early 2008, aged just 35.
In 1982 Chan Hee Park, a former WBC Light Flyweight champion, scored his final career victory by out pointing Rocky Pineda. Park, who had held his world title for 14 months at the turn of the 1980's, is best known for his trio of defeats to Shoji Oguma though he had scored major wins over Miguel Canto and Guty Espadas in his prime. Unfortunate for Park 4 losses in his last 7 bouts really left his record looking a mess.
(Image, of Choi, courtesy of boxrec.com)