We'll admit that we've not been doing this section of the site for long but we believe that August 16th has been the most difficult day so far to do. Sadly there really appears to have been very little actually happen through out history on this particular date. But here goes!
in 1967 South Korean Young-Kyun Park was born in Seoul. Park debuted in 1986 and would later go on to claim the South Korean Super Bantamweight title, the OPBF Featherweight title and, more notable, the WBA Featherweight title. Park would hold the WBA world title at 126lbs from March 1991 to December 1993 in which time he managed to rack up 8 successful defences. He actually lost the title to Eloy Rojas, a man he had beaten in his second defence, though would lose twice to before retiring.
Sadly 3 years before Park was born Japanese fighter Minoru Hasegawa died following a fight with Shigeru Suzuki. The bout was Hasegawa's third as a professional it proved to be a fight that ended the boxing career of both men with Suzuki never fighting again himself.
In 1981 Sung-In Suh claimed his first title, the South Korean Super Bantamweight title, by out pointing Ki-Young Chung. Suh later became the IBF Super Bantamweight title, avenging a loss to Bobber Berna to earn the title. Sadly for Suh his reign was show and lasted just 9 months before he lost the belt to fellow Korean Ji-Won Kim.
Oddly that 1981 show also had a connection to death as it also featured Deuk-Koo Kim, who fought against Jun Escalera on the show. Kim of course died in tragic circumstances just 15 months later.
In 2004 Thai amateur great Somluck Kamsing, one of the medal favourites at 57KG, was eliminated from the Olympics losing a decision to Canadian Benoit Gaudet. Just 2 days later the Korean was eliminated by Hwan-Cho Seok who eventually took home a bronze medal
(Image, of Young-Kyun Park, courtesy of boxrec.com)