On this day...
2012-Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (20-4-1, 7) Vs Yota Sato (23-2-1,12)
The "Sor Rungvisai" name is now very much the name we think of when talking about Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but he's not the only fighter to use that name. Before him was stablemate Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, who travelled to Japan in 2012 to face off with Yota Sato. The talented Thai was, surprisingly, dropped twice in round 3 as Sato surprised the Thai and scored a unanimous decision to claim the WBC Super Flyweight title. Interestingly Sato would lose the title to Srisaket the following year as Srisaket began his first reign.
2010-Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (74-3-1, 38) vs Koki Kameda (22-0, 14)
Thai great Pongsalek Wonjongkam had one of the most remarkable careers of any "little guy", holding the WBC Flyweight title twice, and fighting in more than 20 world level bouts. One of his most famous wins was his 2010 win over Koki Kameda to reclaim the title he had lost to Daisuke Naito in 2007. Although often over-looked Wonjongkam's resume is outstanding and this win is among the best. It's worth noting the two men would "rematch", in a way, in 2018 with Kameda stopping Wonjongkam during an exhibition on Abema TV.
1970-Hiroshi Kawashima's birthday
Former WBC Super Flyweight champion, and the chairman of the Kawashima gym, Hiroshi Kawashima was born on this day in 1970. His career which ran from 1988 to 1997, saw him have a solid resume, going 20-4-1 (14) and scoring wins over Jose Luis Bueno and Carlos Gabriel Salazar, among others. A defensively smart both, with surprising pop he earned the tag "Untouchable" due to his excellent skills.
1959-Chartchai Chionoi's birthday
Just 11 years before Kawashima's birth was that of Thai great Chartchai Chionoi, who went 61-18-3 (36) during his career and was a multi-time world champion. Chionoi fought from 1959 through to 1975 beating the likes of Walter McGowan, Susumu Hanagata, Berkrerk Chartvanchai and Efren Torres among others. Sadly he passed away in early 2018 at the age of 75.