September 29th is, thankfully, a day etched in Asian boxing history for a number of days
On this day in 1979 fans saw the very talented, though sadly long forgotten, Venice Borkhorsor beat down the exceptional Betulio Gonzalez to claim the WBC Flyweight title. Borkhorsor managed to literally beat the submission out of Gonzalez who had spent several rounds doing little more than take a pound in a career defining win for the Thai man who would hold the title for little over a year. Although not a legend of the ring Borkhorsor was there or there abouts at the top of the Flyweight division for a long period of time.
In 1990 we saw another Thai in a world title action as the legendary Khaosai Galaxy defeated Yong-Kang Kim in 6 rounds to record his 15th defense of the WBA Super Flyweight title! Galaxy, one of the great Thai boxers of all time, showed off his power and skills to take out Kim though it did appear he was slowing a little around this time and his last fight came around 15 months laser, although he did add 4 more defenses of his belt between this bout and his final one. Blessed with destructive power Galaxy made his name as one of the hardest hitting Super Flyweights of all time and recorded a sensational 47-1 (41) record. A truly amazing puncher.
A third world title fight came in 2001 when yet another Thai, Fahlan Sakkreerin, lost in a WBO Light Flyweight title bout to Puerto Rican champion Nelson Dieppa. Dieppa was defending the title for the first time and took a clear win over the Thai, who had previously held the IBF Minimumweight title.
In a non-world title bout, yet still notable contest, it was on this day back in 1989 that Japanese legend Joichiro Tatsuyoshi made his professional debut. Tatsuyoshi defeated South Korean Sang Myon Choi in 2 rounds before beginning progress on one of the most legendary careers of any Japanese fighter in history. We know his record isn't great but "Joe" really was a fighter who reinvigorated Japanese boxing and the effects of his career are still being felt now leading some to consider him as one of the most significant post-war fighters anywhere on the planet.
(Image, of Khaosai Galaxy, courtexy of boxrec.com)