On this day...
1982-Pone Kingpetch passes away
Thailand's first world champion Pone Kingpetch passed away at the age of 47, from pneumonia and heart failure. The Thai legend, who boasted a 28-7 (9) record, had not only been Thailand's first world champion but was a 3-time Flyweight champion and holds huge wins over Pascual Perez, twice, Mitsunori Seki, Fighting Harada and Hiroyuki Ebihara.
1984-Jung Koo Chang Vs Sot Chitalada I
Korean legend Jung Koo Chang recorded his 3rd defense of the WBC Light Flyweight title as he defeated Thai professional novice Sot Chitalada, in their first bout. The bout saw the Korean take a hard fought win over Chitalada, who was just 4-0 entering this bout. Chang would go on to hold the title until his retirement in 1988. He later came out of retirement and would lost a razor thin rematch to Chitalada in 1990, whilst clearly not the fighter he once was. Chitalada would go on to become a 2-time WBC Flyweight champion and be one of the more notable Thai's of the 80's and early 1990's.
1992-Chan Young Park's final bout
Former WBA Bantamweight champion Chan Young Park isn't a fighter we suspect many will be too familiar with, but the Korean fought 40 times from 1980 to 1992. He won his word title in May 1987, stopping Takuya Muguruma, but lost it in his first defense, to the legendary Wilfredo Vazquez. He later moved up in weight and challenged Daniel Zaragoza but lost a split decision before picking up 4 stoppages to close his career with a 33-5-2 (16) record.
2001-Z Gorres debuts
In 2001 talented Filipino Z Gorres made his professional debut. The very skilled Fillipino, who was 18 at the time, was regarded very highly by those in his homeland and showed his skills with a 6 round decision win over Rudy Hibaya. He would win 13 in a row before suffering an upset loss to Edgar Rodrigo. He bounced back from that loss and would win the OPBF Super Flyweight title, give Fernando Montiel a tough bout in a 2007 WBO world title fight, marred by the refereeing of Samuel Viruet, before fighting to a draw with Vic Darchinyan. Sadly his career ended after a 2009 win over Luis Melendez, with Gorres collapsing after the bout.
With there being next to nothing happening in the ring any time soon we've brought back this old series for another run, with 5 bouts that happened on this day!
1968-Hiroshi Kobayashi vs Rene Barrientos
The unified Super Featherweight Hiroshi Kobayashi, who had won the titles 3 months earlier, made his first defense as he retained his titles with a draw against the highly talented Rene Barrientos of the Philippines. The bout, a controversial one that many felt should have gone Barrientos' way, was supposed to see a rematch in 1969 but that failed to materialise and Kobayashi would later be stripped of the WBC belt, that Barrientos won in February 1969.
1979-Sung Jun Kim Vs Hector Melendez I
Sung Jun Kim, the then WBC Light Flyweight champion, recorded his first defense 6 months after winning the title as he fought to a draw with Hector Melendez in their first bout. The two men would later rematch, with Kim taking a decision win over the talented Melendez, who later came up short in a third world title bout against Hilario Zapata. Sadly Kim would pass away end less than 10 years later, when he took his own life at the age of 35.
1985-Ji Won Kim v Ruben Dario Palacio
Talented Korean Ji Won Kim made his first defenses of the IBF Super Bantamweight title as he took a clear decision over Colombian challenger Ruben Dario Palacio. Kim had won the title in January, stopping compatriot Sung In Suh, and would go on to make 4 defenses before retiring in 1986, with a record of 16-0-2 (7).
1990-In Chul Baek Vs Christophe Tiozzo
WBA Super Middleweight champion In Chul Baek travelled to France to defend his title against the then unbeaten Christophe Tiozzo. Sadly for Baek, who had apparently been fed up with the sport and drinking too much, his reign came to an end in the 6th round, in what would be the end of his memorable career. Baek had, apparently, been lined up for a potential Tommy Hearns fight had he won here, but instead hung up the gloves after this loss.
2007-Wanheng Menayothin Vs Ma Yi Ming
We end this with a bit of a weird one, because that's what we do! In 2007 a then 2-0 Wanhen Menayothin won his first title, the WBC Youth Minimumweight title, as he stopped China's Ma Yi Ming, who entered 0-1. Since then Menayothin has gone on too reel off in excess of 50 extra wins, and boasts a 54-0 (18) record, to go along with his WBC World title!