On this day...
1952-Yoshio Shirai v Kyoichi Muto
The 1952 clash between Yoshio Shirai and Kyoichi Muto isn't a bout we suspect many will be aware of. In all honesty it's place in history isn't significant, though it is a peculiar fight. It was Shirai's final before before landing a world title bout with Dado Marino, just a few weeks later. Shirai would go on to beat Marino to become the Flyweight title, and so this bout serves a minor footnote as the final tune up bout before Shirai became the first Japanese world champion on May 19th 1952.
1974-Vassiliy Jirov's birthday
Kazakh southpaw Vassiliy Jirov is one of the true legends of boxing for his homeland and someone who laid down the track for the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Beibut Shumenov and Zhanat Zhakiyanov. Jirov's career might not have hit the heights of Golovkin's but as an Olmypic gold medal winner and a multi-year reign as the IBF Crusierweight champion it's hard to over-state just how significant Jirov's career was. Also lets not forget had damn brutal his bout with James Toney in 2003 was. That's a must watch for all fight fans!
2012-Tepparith Kokietgym vs Tomonobu Shimizu
In 2012 we had a really odd match up caused by the ever confusing WBA which could have left us with "co-champions" had their been no winner. The bout saw WBA Super Flyweights champions Tepparith Kokietgym, the "regular" champion, take on Tomomobu Shimizu, the "champion in recess". Whilst we fully understand the logic behind a "Champion in Recess" Shimizu had been out of action for just 4 months by the time that Tepparith won the title, beating Daiki Kameda. Thankfully the WBA's blushes were saved, at least partially, but Tepparith stopping Shimizu and sending him into retirement. Sadly however lessons weren't learnt and the WBA have continually had multiple champions and watered down their own belts to the point where they have become little more than a joke.