Our "On this day" for October 3rd is bit of an old school one with none of our 3 selected bouts coming in the last 20 years and in fact none of the Asian fighters mentioned has fought in over a decade, in fact only 1 of the 6 men mentioned all together has fought since 2001.
The first bout of note took place way back in 1967 when South Korean great Ki Soo Kim had to pick himself off the canver to defeat Freddie Littles in a very controversial win to defend his WBA and WBC Light Middleweight titles. Littles, an American fighter who would later win the belts, was scored a clear winner by fellow American John Fitzpatrick though was over-ruled by two Korean judges who both felt Kim won the bout, albeit narrowly. For Kim, the first Korean world champion, this would be his final successful defense of the world titles and he'd lose them just 7 months later to Sandro Mazzinghi before retiring in 1969.
The second bout of note was in 1979 when another South Korean, Sang Hyun Kim successfully defended the WBC Light Welterweight title for the second time. Kim was well ahead of Japanese challenger Masahiro Yogai before scoring an 11th round stoppage in what was to be Kim's final successful defense of the title, and his sole defense outside of South Korea. For Yogai this was this was his penultimate bout as a professional and his sole world title shot.
In 1993 Thai legend Pichit Sithbanprachan recorded the 3rd defense of his IBF Flyweight title. The Thai would stop Miguel Martinez in the 9th round of a tough bout to retain the title though from then on he never looked the same fight and his subsequent defenses were both hard fought and close decision wins. Although the Thai isn't a highly remembered name in boxing circles he was one of the very few world champions to retire undefeated with a record of 24-0 (18).
(Image of Sithbanprachan courtesy of boxrec.com)