October 21st has been a very busy day in Asian boxing circles with a number of very big and very exciting fights falling on this day.
In 1979 South Korean Sung-Jun Kim successfully defended the WBC Light Flyweight title for the final time as he overcame Hector Melendez in a 15 round decision. For Kim this was the third and final defense before he lost the title, 3 months later, to Shigeo Nakajima in a 15 round decision in Japan. Kim is sadly one of the forgotten men of Korean boxing and his sad suicide in 1989, aged just 35, is one of Korean boxing's saddest tales.
In 1993 Shiro Yahiro came up short as he attempted to claim the WBA Light Flyweight title. Yahiro, battling against Venezuelan legend Leo Gamez, was stopped in 9 rounds in what was Yahuro's first defeat as a professional. Sadly for Yahiro he would later lose in two WBC title fights and fail to win a world title despite being given 3 opportunities.
Just 2 years, in 1995, South Korean Yong Soo Choi claimed the WBA Super Featherweight title with 10th round TKO against Victor Hugo Paz. Choi, fighting in Argentina, managed to ignore the local fans who were supporting Paz as he claimed victory in one of his career defining victories and he would hold the title in 1998 when he lost in his 8th defense against Takanori Hatakeyama.
(Image, of Choi, courtesy of boxrec.com)