September 1st might be the start of a new month but historically it has been one of the most significant and interesting days in Asian boxing history.
The first bout of note was 1973 when Heavyweight world champion George Foreman defended his WBA and WBC titles at the Nihon Budokan and wiped out Jose Roman in 2 minutes to make the first defence of his world titles. The fight was thoroughly one sided and saw Foreman becoming the first Heavyweight world champion to defend the crown in the Orient. Interestingly it came a year after Muhammad Ali defeated Mac Foster in a non title bout.
In 2001 we had two notable world titles fights. One of those saw Celes Kobayashi retain his WBA Super Flyweight title with a very close split decision victory over Jesus Rojas. The defence was the only successful one for Kobayashi who lost his title 6 months later to Alexander Munoz and then retired from the sport.
On the same show as the Kobayashi/Rojas fight fans in Japan also saw the the second bout between Thai great Veeraphol Sahaprom and Japan's very own Toshiaki Nishioka. The bout, which resulted in a draw, saw Sahaprom retain his WBC Bantamweight title and continue one of the greatest runs by a Thai in recent memory. In terms of the rivalry between the two men this was the second of 4 meetings between the men in the space of 4 years with Sahaprom winning the series 2-0-2.
In 2007 Yutaka Niida defeated Eriberto Gejon to record the 6th defence of the WBA Minimumweight title. This defence came straight after Niida's hard fought win over Katsunari Takayama though just over a year later Niida was stopped in 4 rounds by Nicaraguan destroyer Roman Gonzalez, who claimed his first professional title.
Even more recently is September 1st 2012 which gave us two notable bouts.
The first of those was in Japan as Thailand's Tepparith Kokietgym defended his WBC Super Flyweight title against former world champion Nobuo Nashiro. The bout saw Tepparith only just taking the decision over Nashiro in a bout that could have gone either way and although the Thai looked good at the time his reign didn't last much longer,losing the belt less than 4 months later to Kohei Kono.
The bigger bout on the same day however took place in the US as the now US mainstay Gennady Golovkin made his US debut stopping Poland's Gregorz Proksa. The bout was the first time Golovkin has been on HBO and from then on he has become one of their star fighters and a man that the channel seem to have as one of the jewels of their boxing programming
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