Hi Sup Shin Vs Dodie Boy Penalosa (1987)
The 1980's gave us a lot of great bouts in Asia with Korea being the home of some of the most memorable. Many of those bouts were great due to the pressure applied by the Korean fighters of the era who managed to put on exciting brawls fight after fight. Sadly not all Korean bouts at the time were all out wars and one bout that didn't become a war was an IBF Flyweight title bout between Hi Sup Shin and Dodie Boy Penalosa. Shin was making the 2nd defence of the title he had won just 6 months earlier and he was coming into the bout on the back of an 11 fight winning streak, including 10 inside the distance. Penalosa Penalosa however was a former Light Flyweight champion who was hoping to become a 2-weight world champion, having previously failed in an attempt to over-come Hilario Zapata.
Sadly for Shin this would be his final career bout whilst Penalosa would continue to fight on until 1995 and has since seen his two sons become notable prospects in their own right.
It's been a while since we did an "On This Day" and in that time we've realised a few things with the key one being that on the whole we were trying to do too much at once. As a result we've decided to cut what we do in terms of both days and how much we include per day. This means that some days won't be covered whilst the ones that are will feature just a single bout, though that bout will come with real information.
Sot Chitalada Vs Charlie Magri (1985)
Exactly 30 years ago today British fans had the chance to see one of the great Flyweights in the flesh as Thailand's Sot Chitalada traveled from the "Land of Smiles" to take on the popular Charlie Magri.
Sot entered the bout just 4 months after winning the WBC Flyweight title, with a very close win over Gabriel Bernal. For Magri it was an opportunity to become a 2-time world champion and reclaim the title he had lost to Frank Cedeno around 17 months earlier.
For Chitlada this was his second bout on the road, following a hard fought loss to Jung Koo Chang in South Korea just 11 months earlier whilst for Magri this was his 31st fight in London. Not only was Chitlada away from home but this was just his 9th bout in the professional boxing ranks whilst Magri had been in 32 previous bouts including a couple of world title bouts and 7 European title bouts.