On this day...
1958-Chung Il Choi's birthday
Heavy handed Korea Chung Il Choi only had a short, 16 fight, career spanning less than 4 years. Although not a notable fighter, by any stretch, he was a 2-time world title challenger who was certainly fun to watch and explosive. He ended his career with a 14-2 (13) record and managed to ask real questions of Rolando Navarette in 1982, before later facing Rafael Limon. Sadly his short career and lack of success at the top has made him little more than a footnote in boxing history, but he was certainly a fun footnote.
1977-Saensak Muangsurin vs Guts Ishimatsu
After regaining the WBC Light Welterweight title in October 1976 Saensak Mungsurin would make his second defense as he took on former Lightweight champion Guts Ishimatsu of Japan. Although Ishimatsu was very much a faded fighter, and would retire the following year, he was still a decent name and was less than a year removed from losing the WBC Lightweight title. Sadly for the challenger he wasn't good enough for the stone fisted Thai who stopped him in 6 rounds.
1985-Payao Poontarat vs Kongtoranee Payakaroon
Although not a world title bout the 1985 clash between Payao Poontarat and Kongtoranee Payakaroon is a bout that is genuinely noteworthy. It was the second professional bout for Kongtoranee, the brother of Samart Payakaroon, and it saw him defeat former WBC Super Flyweight champion Payao Poontarat, in what was Poontarat's final pro bout. Whilst Kongtoranee did fail in his two world title fights, he was certainly a world class fighter and beating someone like Poontarat this early was incredibly impressive. A very under-rated win, and an often over-looked bout.