August 28th doesn't appear to have been one of the standout days in Asian boxing though has featured some notable events.
Way back in 1988 South Korean great Myung Woo Yuh scored the 9th defence of his WBA Light Flyweight title with a destructive win over Thailand's Putt Ohyuthanakorn. The fight was Yuh's third defence of the year as he kept an amazingly busy schedule en route to setting a record for most title defences at Light Flyweight. Known as "Sonagi" Yuh is still viewed as one of the great of Korean boxing alongside fellow Light Flyweight great Jung-Koo Chang.
It was on this day in 2009 Pongsalek Wonjongkam successfully defended the WBC "interim" Flyweight title by scoring a 6th round TKO over Japan's Takahisa Masuda. It was Wonjongkam's only interim title defence before he climbed the top of the mountain and defeated Koki Kameda to reclaim the WBC's real title that he had lost in his 4th meeting to Daisuke Naito. Naito had lost the title to Koki Kameda who in turn lost the belt back to the Thai great just 7 months after Wonjongkam had beaten Masuda.
In 2010 current WBO Bantameight champion Tomoki Kameda came close to suffering his first loss as he took a narrow and controversial split decision over Belgian Stephane Jamoye. The bout, a WBC Youth world title bout, was easily the closest that Kameda has come to a loss though it's a bout that has been put well behind him with the Japanese fighter now being regarded as one of the premier fighters at 118lbs. As for Jamoye he has managed to fight at the world level though was stopped by Shinsuke Yamanaka earlier this year.
One the same day as Tomoki's win over Jamoye Filipino fans saw the then unbeaten Milan Melindo score an easy win over South Korean visitor Jin-Man Jeon. The talented Filipino now has one loss on his record though we wouldn't write him off and if anything we'd give him a great chance at becoming a world champion somewhere down the line.
As we know fans are looking forward to his return it's of interest to note that on this day in 2004 Denver Cuello made his debut, losing a split decision to Pit Anacaya. Anacaya has gone on to become a Filipino journeyman whilst Cuello is an exceptionally popular world level fighter who will be hoping to win a world title in the near future.
(Image, of Yuh, courtesy of The Orient Boxing Monthly and Boxrec.com)