On this day in 1971 Japan's tragic Masao Oba managed to record the second defense of his WBA Flyweight title as he scored a clear 15 round decision over Fernando Cabanela. This fight came just over a year after Oba had won the title, via a 13th round KO against Berkrerk Chartvanchai, and although it was just hius second defense of his title it was his 5th fight following his itle win! Sadly Oba's career came to an end just 15 months later after he died in an automobile accident robbing the boxing world of a sensationally gifted young man, who was just 23 at the time of his death.
Exactly 6 years after Oba defended his title we then saw Thai great Saensak Muangsurin retain his WBC Light Welterweight title with a hard fought 15 round decision over Saoul Mamby. This was the 5th defense of Muangsurin's second reign and was amazing his 5th, of 6, defenses in the year, a number that seems unreal considering how little the top fighters fight today.
In 1983 we saw the 4th and final meeting between Katsuo Tokashiki and Lupe Madera. The men, fighting for the WBA Light Flyweight title, had entered this bout 1-1-1 in their memorable serious which had taken just over 18 months to complete and sadl saw Madera coming out on winning the final bout with a narrow unanimous decision. Sadly for Tokashiki this was really his last chance at winning back a world title with his only subsequent title shot coming against the sensational Jung Koo Chang, who ended Tokashiki's career in 1984 and was the only man to stop the tough Japanese fighter.
Also on October 23rd 1983 we saw the final bout of Korean fighter Chul Ho Kim who was beaten in 10 rounds by Prayurasak Muangsurin. Kim had previously been the WBC Super Flyweight champion between 1981 and 1982 making 5 defenses in 22 months. Sad for Kim this was his first fight in almost a year and ring rost and a hard career took it's toll on his own ability. Notably Kim later became the manager of fellow fighter Sung-Kil Moon, himself a man who would go on to claim 2 world titles.
(Image, of Oba, courtesy of boxrec.com)