It's amazing to think that we have genuinely struggled to find much in terms of stuff that has had happened on February 6th. We have however come up with 2 things of note.
The most notable of those happened in 2001 when Kazakh fighter Vassiliy Jirov stopped Alex Gonzales to make his third defense of the IBF Cruiserweight title. The bout lasted just 95 seconds, with Gonzalez being counted out whilst rising to his feet, following a brutal uppercut from the Kazakh. Sadly whilst this fight is available the quality of footage is poor
Whilst Jirov Vs Gonzales isn't a highly remembered bout it is notable, and was Jirov's first, and only, professional bout in Kazakhstan. We also believe this was the first ever world title fight in Almaty, Kazakhtan.
Gonzales was 18-2 (8) after this bout, but never really recovered and would finish his career 20-9 (10). Jirov on the other hand was 27-0 (25) following this win, and would go on to retire with a career record of 38-3-1 (32) fighting for the final time in 2009.
The only other thing we could find was that Ryo Akaho made his debut on this day in 2005.
November 24th 2012 is one of the most important dates in Chinese boxing history. That was the day they crowned their first ever male world champion, Xiong Zhao Zhong, who claimed the WBC Minimumweight title. He would make 2 defenses beting Denver Cuello and Lookrak Kiatmungmee, both in 2013, before coming up against Mexican challenger Oswaldo Novoa on this day in 2014.
Coming in to bout Zhong was the WBC Minimumweight champion, with a record of 22-4-1 (12) and he was riding a 4 fight winning run, following a 2012 loss to Shin Ono. Novoa on the other hand was 12-4-1 (7), although riding a 5 fight winning run he was 6-4 in his previous 10 bouts and had certainly done any massive to earn a world title fight, though at the time there was a lack of notable fighters at 105lbs.
Sadly for Zhong it was not to be his day, as Novoa would dominate him, then stop him in the 5th round, to give us the first ever loss of a world title by a Chinese fighter.
Interestingly Novoa would only defend the title once before losing to Wanheng Menayothin in 2014. What's really interesting is, at the time of writing, Novoa has gone 0-4-3 in his 7 bouts since losing to Wanheng. Zhong on the other has had mixed success since losing to Novoa, going 5-3 (2).
Also on this day
2011-Nobuo Nashiro Vs Tomas Rojas
2002-Willie Jorrin v Osamu Sato
2000-Sompoch Harnvichachai v SangIk Yang
1996-Yuri Arbachakov v Raul Juarez
1988-Marlon Starling v Fujio Ozaki
During the 1980's Korean fighters really were among the most entertaining and the most notable, with a host of top fighters coming from the country. One who wasn't elite was Seung Soon Lee who managed to get his biggest fight on this day in 1989, and was unfortunately taken out in one of the shortest Welterweight title fights in history.
The then 27 year old Lee travelled to the US, for his second bout in the country, to fight in the legendary Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. At the time Lee was 31-2 (23) and on paper had a respectable record with a notable win over former world title challenger Jun-Suk Hwang and had been the Korean and OPBF champion. Unfortunately for Lee he was being matched with Mark Breland, who was then 22-1-1 (15). Breland had been one of the greatest amateurs of all time, was a former world champion and was looking to become a 2-time champion.
Breland was a man looking to prove a point and it showed. Within seconds Breland was finding Lee with power shots and although Lee was firing back Breland wasn't letting off. Lee was down incredibly early on and despite getting back to his feet a follow up from Breland forced the referee to half the contest.
Sadly for Lee he would fight just once more after this bout, losing to losing in a rematch to Jun-Suk Hwang, before retiring with a record of 31-4 (23). Breland on the other hand would defend the belt 4 times before losing to Aaron Davis in 1990. He would fight through until losing to Jorge Vaca in 1991 before retiring. He would then go on to have a 5 fight comeback in 1996-1997, before hanging up the gloves with a record of 35-3-1 (25)
Also on this day:
2016-Knockout CP Freshmart Vs Carlos Buitrago II
2012-Nonito Donaire Vs Wilfredo Vazquez Jr
1995-Hi Yong Choi Vs Leo Gamez
1963-Jug Koo Chang's birthday
We've had a lot of world title fights, featuring Asian fighters, fall on February 3rd, so it was hard to pick one as a standout to feature as our main fight, however we settled on the 1991 war between Japan's Kiyoshi Hatanaka (then 21-1-1, 14), and Argentina's Pedro Ruben Decima (then 26-2, 18). The bout took place at the Rainbow Hall in Nagoya and saw both men being dropped in a brilliant war!
Decima entered the bout as the WBC Super Bantamweight champion, having ripped the title away from Paul Banke 3 months earlier. Hatanaka had previously come up short in a WBC Super Flyweight title bout, but had moved up in weight following his loss and certainly seemed to be better suited to a higher weight.
Sadly Hatanaka would fight only once more after this before retiring. He is now a promoter in Japan, who promotes Kosei Tanaka and his own son, Kento Hatanaka.
As mentioned we have had other world title fights on this day
2018-Jerwin Ancajas v Israel Gonzalez
2001-Andy Tabanas v Fahlan Sakkreerin II
1981-Shoji Oguma v Chan-Hee Park III
February 2nd isn't a date that really stands out for boxing, at least not in recent years, but it did give us an excellent IBF Super Flyweight eliminator back in 2008. The bout should have been a launchpad for a Filipino hopeful, though sadly the Filipino fighter in question would be forced to retire less than 2 years later.
The eliminator in question saw 25 year old Filipino Z Gorres, (then 27-2-1, 15) taking on former world champion Vic Darchinyan (then 29-1, 23), at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino. Interestingly both men had suffered a notable loss just 2 fights earlier, with Gorres coming up short against Fernando Montiel and Darchinyan losing in spectacular fashion to Nonito Donaire. Both men were looking to get back into the title picture, and a win here would set them up with an IBF title fight.
The fight was brilliantly matched, though was marred badly by referee Lance Revill, who seemed to lose control very early and had the crowd on his case from the opening round, with fans throwing things into ring from round 1.
Sadly Gorres' career came to end in 2009 following a win over Luis Melendez. The Filipino would suffer a brain injury. Thankfully he has recovered pretty well since then.
Other events on this day include:
2014-Reymart Gaballo's debut
2002-Shin Ono's debut
1993-Shohei Omori's birthday
One again we're keeping with the same format we've used the last few days of "On this Day", with a main fight and video, along with some other events underneath.
February 1st has given us some pretty notable events over the year, including a huge upset in 2014 and the birthday of a currently highly regarded contender. Our pick for the day however takes us back to 1997 and takes us to the Songnam Gymnasium in Seoul.
It was on February 1st 1997 that we saw Yong Soo Choi (then 21-2, 13), making his 4th defense of the WBA Super Featherweight title, and taking on Mongolian challenger Lakva Sim (then 5-0, 4). Choi had been the champion since travelling to Argentina and stopping Victor Hugo Paz in October 1995. As a champion he had twice scraped past the insanely tough Yamato Mitani, and stopped Orlando Soto. He may well have been expecting an easy win here against the inexperienced Sim. Instead the Mongolia would give him absolute hell.
Although we might be wrong, we believe this was the first time a Mongolian fighter had fought for a world title, and what a fight it was! If you've never seen this one before we can't recommend this brutally damaging war enough!
2014-Rey Loreto Vs Nkosinathi Joyi - A huge upset win for Loreto!
2014-Gennady Golovkin Vs Osumanu Adama
(These were on the same card)
2002-Artur Grigorian vs Rocky Martinez
1988-Kenichi Ogawa's birthday
For our "On this Day" article we're again going to go with looking into one fight with a bit of detail, and include a video, as well as adding a a few extra interesting things from the same date.
We've picked a really obvious one for January 31st, and that's January 31st 2011 when Japanese fight fans got a double header Ariake Colosseum, in Tokyo. The show featured 2 All Japanese world title fights, but we're only going to look at the WBA Super Featherweight title bout here, as Takashi Uchiyama (who had a record of 16-0, 13), the then WBA world champion, took on fellow Japanese puncher Takashi Miura (then 20-1-2, 16).
This was to be Uchiyama's 3rd defense, and came a little over a year after he had won the belt, taking out Juan Carlos Salgado in the 12th round. He was just beginning what would become one of the most notable Japanese world title reigns. Miura was getting his first world title fight, though would later become a fixture on the WBC title scene, and be involved in some more sensational bouts.
2011-Ryol Li Lee Vs Akifumi Shimoda - We mentioned Miura Vs Uchiyama was part of a double header, the other part this WBA Super Bantamweight title bout.
1988-Hiroki Ioka Vs Kyung-Yung Lee
1988-Sot Chitlada Vs Hideaki Kamishiro
(These two also made for a double header!)
1970-Pedro Adigue Jr Vs Bruno Arcari
We're going to do things a little different for today's "On this Day" article, and rather than looking at a number of events in some detail we'll talk about just one, and include a video, with a few more events under the video.
On this day in 1990 fight fans at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok saw national star Sot Chitalada (then 19-2-1, 13) defending the WBC Flyweight title against Filipino challenger Ric Siodora (then 14-2-1, 2).
Chitalada was making his first defense of his second reign, having reclaimed the title from Korean nemesis Yong Kang Kim in their second meeting. Siodora on the other hand was getting his first world title bout, and fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time. He was the clear under-dog, but hadn't travelled to roll over to the hard hitting champion.
Here is the full fight:
2001-Yo Sam Choi Vs Saman Sorjaturong
2000-Jong-Kwon Baek Vs Kyu-Chul Choi
2000-Freddie Norwood vs Takashi Koshimoto
1997-Medgoen Singsurat 3-K Battery makes his debut
1976-Rodolfo Martinez vs Venice Borkhorsor
2017-Jerwin Ancajas retains IBF title
On this day in 2017 Filipino fighter Jerwin Ancajas made his first defense of the IBF Super Flyweight title, stopping limited Mexican challenger Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in the 7th round.
Ancajas had won the title the previous September, defeating McJoe Arroyo in what was a pretty notable upset at the time. His first defense was the typical easy first defense as he took on a limited opponent who was selected to make him look good. Rodriguez was too small, too slow, and too clumsy to be any sort of a test for Ancajas, who broke him down. Given that Rodriguez had been stopped in 6 rounds by Kazuto Ioka in 2012, and had done nothing since to deserve a world title show, this really was seen as a poor defense.
Following his Rodriguez would go on to los his following 3 bouts, and he now has a record of 32-8 (19). Ancajas has notched up 5 more defenses since this bout, but has started to look like he's going stale as a champion, and needs bigger tests. With a record of 30-1-2 (20) Ancajas is a fantastic fighter but hasn't shown what he can do recently, and that's a shame.
2005-Pongsaklek Wonjongkam defeats Noriyuki Komatsu
When we talk about modern Thai greats there are few that rival Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, who had a tremendous, though often under-played, career. Between his debut in 1994 and his bizarre 2018 comeback, the less said about that the better, he would fight in over 20 world title bouts, and essentially have a 1-man monopoly on the WBC Flyweight title for a decade!
Wonjongkam's 11th defense of the title came on this day, in 2005, when he stopped Japanese challenger Noriyuki Komatsu in 5 rounds. Komatsu had been a long reigning OPBF champion, holding the OPBF title from September 2002, when he beat JungOh Son, to this fight with Wonjongkam, scoring 6 defenses. Wonjongkam on the other hand had won the WBC title in March 2001 and showed the difference between world class and Oriental class, as he dropped the challenger in round 2, and finished the bout in round 5.
Following this bout Komatsu would reclaim the Oriental title and fight through until 2009, when he was stopped inside a round by Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, then he'd retire, with a record of 24-4-4 (10). As for Wonjongkam he would go on to have a legendary career, running up a 91-5-2 (47) record, making a strange comeback in 2018 to have a second bout with Koki Kameda, in what was only sanctioned as an exhibition. His career would be something amazing, and it could be a long time until we see someone else have such a long career and established career in one of the lower weights.
1967-Vicente Saldivar vs Mitsunori Seki II
In August 1966 Japan's Mitsunori Seki challenged Featherweight great Vicente Saldivar. Although he lost Seki did run the Mexican close in a bout that was much more competitive than many would have anticipated, and actually saw Saldivar being dropped. On this day in 1967 they would have their rematch.
After putting in such a great effort in their first bout Seki would, unfortunately, lose in 7 rounds to Saldivar in their rematch. This wasn't the performance that Seki would want.
Saldivar, who really is an all time great at Featherweight, would hold the title until 1970, when he was upset by Kuniaki Shibata. He would fight only twice more after that before retiring in the early 1970's with a record of 37-3 (26). Seki on the other hand would fight for just over another year, winning 6 bouts before losing to Howard Winston in early 1968, and then retiring. He would have a record of 61-11-1 (35) when he hung them up.
2017-Takashi Miura Vs Miguel Roman
When certain fighters get into the ring you tend to expect something exciting, when two such fighters get in the ring together you know you're going to get some things. That was the case on this day in 2017 when former WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura took on Mexican tough guy Miguel Roman in a WBC world title eliminator.
The bout was an amazing war, that saw both men slug it out in a tough, gruelling, damaging contest that saw both take insane punishment. In the end however it was Miura's power that decided the contest, with Miura dropping Roman in rounds 10, 11 and 12, with Roman taking the 10 count in the final round. It was an incredible contest, and one that fans will not forget any time soon.
Sadly Miura would fight just once more, losing a wide decision to Miguel Berchelt in a world title fight. He would then retire with a record of 31-4-2 (24). Roman on the other hand bounced back with 4 stoppage wins, before being stopped himself by Berchelt in late 2018. Although not yet retired Roman has taken a lot of punishment in his hard career, and the 33 year, who boasts a record of 60-13 (47) is likely going to retire sooner rather than later.
1996-Veeraphol's first reign comes to an end
In September 1995 former Muay Thai champion Veeraphol Sahaprom won the WBA Bantamweight title, in just his 4th professional contest, as he took a split decision over Daorung Chuwatana. In his first defense Veeraphol took on Ghana's Nana Yaw Konadu, and sadly his reign was ended, in rather dramatic fashion.
The talented Thai got off to the perfect start, dropping Konadu with a sweeping left hook in the opening round. Despite the knockdown Konadu would recover his senses quickly, and stand up to some other heavy shots from Veeraphol during the rest of the opening round. Sadly for Veeraphol we saw Konadu come out for round 2 firing on all cylinders, using a busy jab to set up more offense. Mid way through the round a huge right from Konadu dropped Veeraphol who struggled to his feet, wobbled around the ring and left the referee in no position other than to stop the bout.
Konadu would interestingly lose the belt to Daorung Chuwatana in his first defense, before reclaiming it from Daorung Chuwatana.He would then lose it to Johnny Tapia in 1998. Konadu's career would come to an end in the early 00's with a record of 41-5-1 (32). Despite losing the WBA title in his 4th bout Veeraphol would go on to claim the WBC title in his 22nd bout, stopping Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in 1998. He would make an impressive 14 defenses of that title before losing it to Hozumi Hasegawa in 2005, then losing a rematch to Hasegawa the following year. He would continue to fight until 2010, running up an excellent record of 66-4-2 (46) before retiring from boxing.
1947-Shozo Saijo's birthday
"Cinderella Boy" Shozo Saijo was never tipped to be a star. He would begin his career 3-1-2 and later have a record of 9-3-2. He would however go on to become a notable name on the Japanese scene, turning is career around with a huge year in 1968, claiming the WBA Featherweight title, which he would take in an upset win over Raul Rojas. He would defend the belt until 1971, when he lost in 5 rounds to Antonio Gomez.
Born on this day in 1947 Saijo would go on to have a career that exceeded all expectations, turning his 3-1-2 start into a 29-7-2 (8) record with wins against the likes of Jose Luis Pimentel, twice, Raul Rojas, twice, Pedro Gomez, Godfrey Stevens and Frankie Crawford, twice. Sadly his career would end with 2 losses in his last 4, the aforementioned loss to Antonio Gomez, and a loss to fellow Japanese world champion Hiroshi Kobayashi.