On this day...
1981-Takuya Muguruma's debut
Although not too well remembered the exciting and aggressive Takuya Muguruma had a fun to watch career in the 1980's. He was briefly the WBA Bantamweight champion, stopping Azael Moran for the belt, but lost it in his first defense. Despite his short reign as a world he did remain a contender and would later fight to a draw with Wilfredo Vazquez, in an attempt to reclaim his title, and then move up in weight and lose to Juan Jose Estrada. Although not a sensational talent Muguruma was fantastic to watch and his bouts with Chan Young Park and Wilfredo Vazquez are well worth a watch.
2011-Nobuhiro Ishida vs James Kirkland
We got one of the biggest upsets in history as unheralded Japanese fighter Nobuhiro Ishida travelled to Las Vegas and shocked unbeaten American slugger James Kirkland. Ishida, then aged 35 with just 7 stoppages in 30 pro bouts, was expected to be a brave but battered victory for Kirkland, but instead Ishida recorded his first ever first round win, and the upset of 2011. On the back of this win Ishida got world title fights against Paul Williams, Dmitry Pirog and Gennady Golovkin.
2016-Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley Jr III
The end of the Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley saga came to an end in their third and final bout. The first bout had seen Bradley take a very controversial decision, which was regarded as one of the worst in recent memory, then Pacquiao gained revenge in their rematch. Sadly be the time the third bout came along neither man looked to be what they once had. Bradley would retire after this bout whilst Pacquiao has continued to add to his legacy, most notably with a 2019 win over Keith Thurman.