December 6th 1997-South Cotabato Stadium, Koronadal City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines
Luisito Espinosa (41-7, 21) vs Carlos Alberto Ramon Rios (39-0-1, 30)
In the mid 1990's fans saw heavy handed Filipino Luisito Espinosa claim the WBC Featherweight title, which he several time. One of his defenses saw him take on the then unbeaten Carlos Alberto Ramon Rios.
Note- This video features build up, the fight starts about 19 minutes in.
November 28th 1992-Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Luisito Espinosa (29-6, 14) vs Evgeny Burchak (8-1-1, 4)
Between his two reigns as a world champion Filipino Luisito Espinosa stayed busy with several bouts, one of which saw him take on Evgeny Burchak.
November 29th 1999-Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
Luisito Espinosa (25-5, 13) vs Thanomsak Sithbaobay (31-1, 16)
Filipino fighter Luisito Espinosa was one of the few international fighters to manage to make a name for himself in Thailand, where he won three times. The most famous of those wins was the peculiar knockout against Khaokor Galaxy, which saw him claim the WBA Bantamweight title, which he defended 13 months later against Thanomsak Sithbaobay [ถนอมศักดิ์ ศิษย์โบ๊เบ๊], in what was the Filipino's final bout in Thailand.
One of the most controversial and debated all-Asian bouts from the 1980's was the WBA Bantamweight title fight between the teak tough Khaokor Galaxy and Filipino fighter Luisito Espinosa.
We won't ruin the result though following the bout there was reports of gambling irregularities, a fix and of neurological issues, the one thing we will say is that the ending was very peculiar lending credibility to all sorts of weird theories. Whatever the truth to the ending we may never fully know but this bout is one that really does needing watching by every boxing fan.
(Video courtesy of Jerome Naldoza)
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