On this day...
1998- Faisol Akbar (10-3-2, 2) Vs Zolani Petelo (11-2-2, 6)
We sadly don't see many Indonesian world champions, in fact even the decent world title challengers from the country are few and far between. One of those who came incredibly close to winning a title was Faisol Akbar, Akbar challenged South African fighter Zolani Petelo for the IBF Minimumweight title in Gauteng, South Africa. Although a clear under-dog the Indonesian put up a great effort, and ran Petelo close before losing a split decision to the local favourite. Sadly Akbar would never get a second world title shot.
1988-Mike Tyson (33-0, 29) vs Tony Tubbs (24-1, 15)
We don't get many Heavyweight world title bouts in Asia but in 1988 we did see Heavyweight king Mike Tyson take on Tony Tubbs, in what was the second Heavyweight world title bout to take place on Japanese soil The bout, held at the Tokyo Dome, saw more than 50,000 people attend the fight with Tyson taking out Tubbs in the second round. Tyson would, of course, return to a Japanese in 1990 though on the occasion he would famously lose to Buster Douglas, ending his world title reign and his unbeaten streak.
1968- Shozo Saijo (14-5-2, 3) vs Jose Luis Pimentel (9-0-1, 6) II
It's fair to say that 1968 was a massive year for Shozo Saijo, who went 5-1 (2) for the year and won the WBA Featherweight title. A lot of his success for the year came from an upset win over Jose Luis Pimentel, in what was their second bout. Pimental had won the first meeting, with a razor thin decision, but in the rematch it was Saijo who took the win, less than 3 months later he would upset world champion Raul Rojas in a non-title bout before beating Rojas again to become a world champion. Were it not for this win over Pimental his career almost certainly wouldn't have gone the way it did.