In 1971 we saw Japan's Kazuyoshi Kanazawa attempt to claim the unified WBA and WBC Bantamweight titles. Sadly for the Japanese fighter, he ran into the sensational Ruben Olivares and, despite a gallant effort, was stopped in the 14th round with Olivares scored a trio of knockdowns in the fight's penultimate round. For Kanazawa this was his sole world title bout, and his second clash with Olivares, it also turned out to be the start of the end of his career and he retired after just 1 more fight.
In 1990 we saw one of the sports all time greats travel to Japan and beat down one of Japan's very own greats. This fight saw Ricardo Lopez, the Mexican legend, demolish Japan's very own Hideyuki Ohashi to claim the WBC Minimumweight title. Ohashi was attempting to record the second defense of the title but was dominated by the Mexican great who stopped him in round 6 of a 1-sided contest that had seen Ohashi being dropped 3 times prior to the stoppage.
Exactly a year after Ohashi's loss to Lopez That fans saw Muangchai Kittikasem successfully defend the WBC Flyweight title with a majority decision win over Alberto Jimenez. This was Kittikasem's second title defense after he had claimed the title from Sot Chitalada earlier in the year. The bout was a very tough one for the Thai and one that he only won by majority decision
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