December 3rd 1970-Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroshi Kobayashi (59-8-4, 10) vs Shozo Saijo (27-5-2, 8)
A few years ago we saw a small surge in world title bouts being fought at a catchweight. Interestingly in December 1970 we saw a catchweight bout between two world champions, with both men fighting above their championship weight. That bout saw then then WBA Super Featherweight champion Hiroshi Kobayashi take on WBA Featherweight champion Shozo Saijo in a 10 round contest above the Super Featherweight limit. Notable both men would return to their championship weight the following year, and defend their respective titles in early part of the year!
September 7th 1969-Nakajima Sports Center, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Shozo Saijo (21-5-2, 5) vs Jose Luis Pimentel (14-2-2, 10)
In September 1968 Shozo Saijo travelled to LA and upset Raul Rojas to claim the WBA Featherweight title. In his second defense, almost a year later, he took on Jose Luis Pimentel in Sapporo.
February 8th 1970-Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
Shozo Saijo (23-5-2, 6) vs Godfrey Stevens (68-4-3, 21)
In 1968 Shozo Saijo [西城正三] created history, defeating Raul Rojas in Los Angeles to become the first Japanese champion to be crowned on foreign soil, winning the WBA Featherweight title. In his third defense of that title he took on the very experienced Godfrey Stevens.
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