We've not found a lot of interesting events for October 27th but we have got a few, including the birthday of a very highly regarded active fighter ready to challenge for his world title in just a few days time.
That birthday man is Thailand's unbeaten Minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin who was born on October 27th 1985 and has turned 30 just a few days before he gets a long awaited world title fight fight with WBC title Oswaldo Novoa in what is really a make or break fight for both men. Although not one of the hardest hitting fighters in the division Wanheng has been a very impressive fighter and is one of the most talented pressure fighters in the lower weights and we suspect his bout with Novoa could be a very special and hard fought encounter that may even become a FOTY contender.
Whilst Wanheng is just about ready to fight his first world title fight it's worth noting that another Thai had a very short lived comeback on this day in 1996, when Wanheng was celebrating his 19th birthday. That was former IBF Flyweight champion Pichit Sithbanprachan who had retired almost 2 years earlier but came back for a 1-off fight with Sammy Sordilla, a fight that Pichit won in 8 rounds to record his first stoppage win in 3 years! Pichit, one of the few world champions to retire undefeated, made another short lived comeback in 2000 when he fought 2 subsequent bouts before finally walking away from the sport with an excellent record of 24-0 (18). Although only a world champion for almost 2 years he did look like a sensational fighter on his break out win, a 3rd round KO of Rodolfo Blanco, it seems however that his style and hard battles took it's toll and when he first retired in 1994 he was looking like a shadow of the fighter he had once been.
Most recently we saw Japanese fighter Takahiro Ao losing his second world title, the WBC Super Featherweight title, on this date in 2012. Ao was out pointed by Mexican fighter Gamaliel Diaz in what was a notable upset at the time. The loss for Ao saw him leaving Super Featherweight behind, suggesting he struggled to make the weight, and he is now focusing on Lightweight with the intention of becoming a 3 weight world champion. Diaz would notably lose the title in his first defense to Takashi Miura who was on the same card defeating domestic rival Ryuji Migaki in just 97 seconds!
(Image, of birthday boy Wanheng, courtesy of boxrec.com)