On this day...
1971-Jae Doo Yuh Vs Ansano Lee
It was on this day way back in 1971 that Korean great Jae Doo Yuh won his first professional title, stopping Ansano Lee in the opening round to become the Korean Middleweight champion. Yuh would later go on to have a record setting OPBF Middleweight title run and a short but notable run as the WBA Light Middleweight champion. As for Lee he would only fight once more, losing to Sang Cho Park in a bout for the title that Yuh had vacated.
1985-Akihiro Kondo's birthday
Former world title contender Akihiro Kondo will be blowing out his candles as he celebrates his latest birthday. The tough guy from Tokyo is best known for his 2017 battle with Sergey Lipinets, in which he gave Lipinets a real test. Sadly though that appears likely to be the only chance he gets at world level, and he was last seen struggling past Japanese domestic level foe Tatsuya Yanagi. Despite coming up short at world level he did manage to win Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific titles during his lengthy career.
2007-Samson Tor Buamas Vs Ayaka Miyao
We don't get to mention many female bouts in this feature, but today we get a rare one! And it's a good 'un! The Klong Prem Prison played host to a WBC female Light Flyweight title fight as Samson Tor Buamas took on Japan's Ayaka Miyao, for the then vacant title. This was Samson's second world title bout in a prison, and this time she won to become a world champion, and the first Thai prison inmate to win a world title. She would later be released. On paper this was a bit of an historical win, and it's one that grew in significance with Miyao going on to have a great career of her own, winning world the WBA Atomweight title later in her career.
2014-Shuhei Tsuchiya Vs Leonardo Zappavigna
Although not a world title we are now 6 years removed from the bloody, thrilling and brutal war between Shuhei Tscuhiya and Leonardo Zappavigna in Australia. This was a genuine bloody bath and a real brutal war that saw Zappavigna battle through significant facial damage to stop the Japanese puncher. A genuine modern day classic, that goes massively over-looked and is well worthy of a watch, or re-watch. Brutal really doesn't do justice to this instant classic.