September the 15th may have been one of the days with the fewest bouts of note in Asian boxing history. In fact there is so little action that many of the bouts taking place on the same show.
The show in question came on September 15th 2008 when Japanese fans were treat to a world title triple header to remember.
At Super Bantamweight fans got to see Toshiaki Nishioka claim the WBC interim Super Bantamweight with a win over Thailand's Napapol Sor Rungvisai. Just a few months later Nishioka saw his title upgraded to the full version of the belt and he would later become one of the real faced of the division scoring notable wins over the likes of Jhonny Gonzalez, Rendall Munroe and Rafael Marquez.
In an all Japanese bout Nobuo Nashiro took a hard fought split decision win over Kohei Kono to claim the previously vacant WBA World Super Flyweight title. The bout could have gone either way and was a genuinely great bout, it's just a shame we never got a rematch between the two Japanese tough guys. Nashiro's reign was his second as a world champion and it was short lived as he lost the title just 8 months later. As for Kono he is now the current holder of this very same title.
It was also on this show that we saw Nicaraguan sensation Roman Gonzalez claim his first world title as he defeated Yutaka Niida to claim the WBA World Minimumweight title. The performance wasn't the best from Gonzalez though announced himself on the world stage in a big way. Niida would retire after this fight whilst Gonzalez has since gone on to claim world titles at Light Flyweight and Flyweight.
Going back a little bit further to 1990 we saw South Korean Jung-Koo Chang score his 38th and final career victory as he stopped Ric Sidora. The popular Korean fighter would lose his two subsequent bouts coming up short against Thai pair Sot Chitalada and Muangchai Kittikasem and then retire in 1991 realising he was no longer the fighter he was in his wonderful prime.
(Image of Nishioka courtesy of boxrec.com)