When we talk about historic days in Asian boxing few are historic as October 1st, the day in which Asia hosted one of the most fights of all time, if not the most famous bout ever.
The bout in question didn't feature an Asian fighter but it was so influential in boxing that all Heavyweight fights since have been compared to it. It is among the holy grail of boxing bouts, it is the "Thrilla in Manilla". Yes that's right the Thrilla in Manila celebrates it's birthday today and gives fight fans around the world a reason to watch the bout that saw Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier trade leather in their third and final meeting. The bout was vicious from the off and at the end of the 14th round Frazier was pulled from the fight by his legendary trainer Eddie Futch at the same time Ali was asking his trainer to cut his gloves off. It was a remarkable ending to an exceptional bout and a bout that will forever go down as one of boxing's most fantastic contests of all time. Fought back in 1970 this bout is still regarded as something very special.
Sadly other than the Thrilla there are very few bouts of note that are known to have taken place on this date. The most recent of which saw Toshiaki Nishioka successfully defending his WBC Super Bantamweight title against Rafael Marquez in the US. The bout was one of four that Nishioka fought in the USA but was his only title defense in the country and in many ways it was his only major win there. It also happened to be his final career victory before he returned stateside for a pension payment against Nonito Donaire. Nishioka's win was his 7th defense of the title and although many fans in the US may have forgotten the bout it was a genuinely well fought bout between two highly skilled veterans, both of whom were coming to the end of outstanding careers.
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