Going through history August 19th has certainly not been one of the most memorable days in Asian boxing boxing history. Thankfully even the lesser days have had something of note happening one way or another. We apologise for the last of really interesting things here but we're just glad to have found some things that have happened on this date.
In 1983 Kazakhstan's Beibut Shumenov was born. Shumenov, a former stand out amateur, was a man on the fast track to the top and became the quickest fighter, in history, to claim a Light Heavyweight world title when he won the WBA world title in just his 10th professional bout. Shumenov, now 31, would make 5 defence of that belt before losing in a unification bout to Bernard Hopkins.
Exactly 5 years after Shumenov's birth we welcome Filipino contender Rommel Asenjo in to the world. Asenjo has lost in his sole world title fight, a WBO Minimumweight bout against Raul Garcia, though that was 4 years ago and Asenjo has certainly matured since then. Now in his mid 20's Asenjo is primed for another world title title though it seems he may be forced to wait a while as he continues to rebuild his career.
In terms of bouts there really hasn't been much of note though Japanese great Hiroshi Kobayashi did suffer his first professional loss on August 19th 1963 being defeated by Manzo Kikuchi, this ended a 19 fight unbeaten streak from Kobayashi. Kobayashi would later become the WBA and WBC Super Featherweight champion. As the champion Kobayashi held the WBC title from 1967 to 1971 whilst he was stripped of the WBC in 1969.
(Image, of Kobayashi, courtesy of boxrec.com)