September 4th has been a notable date and in 1988 we had two very notable bouts. One of those bouts was in Indonesia and the other in Japan.
The Indonesian bout saw the heavy handed Elly Pical successfully retain his IBF Super Flyweight title with a decision victory over Ki-Chang Kim. This bout was certainly not a thriller with both acting as counter punchers until late in the bout when Pical dropped Chang to help secure the win.
On the same day we unfortunately saw Kiyoshi Hatanaka lose his unbeaten record to the excellent Gilberto Roman. The bout saw Hatanaka challenging for the WBC Super Flyweight title and there was some strange events going on in the bout, though Roman did deserve the decision fairly. Soon after the bout Hatanaka moved up and eventually won a world title at Super Bantamweight confirming his talent was world class, despite this set back.
In 1993 we saw another world title fight, this time in South Korea as Young-Kyun Park made the 8th defence of the WBA Featherweight title with a 12 round victory over compatriot Tae-Shik Chun. Sadly for Park this would be his last defence and he would lose his title just 3 months later to the excellent Eloy Rojas.
Almost 20 years after the Park/Chun fight we then saw a Filipino in a notable bout. That Filipino was Marvin Sonsona who claimed the WBO Super Flyweight title with a 12 round victory over Jose Lopez. This bout, in 2009, put Sonsona on the international boxing map after having been much touted by Filipino fans for a while. Sadly since this bout Sonsona's career hasn't been great, a real shame.
(Image, of Young-Kyun Park, courtesy of boxrec.com)