On August 9th 1978 Japan's Masashi Kudo took a split decision over Nicaragua's Eddie Gazo to claim the WBA Light Middleweight title thus ending Gazo's 17 month reign as champion.
For Kudo this was the crowning moment of his career and he would go on to defend the title 3 times. For Japan however there was more to it than just Kudo's win, there was nationalist revenge. Prior to the fight Gazo had beaten both Koichi Wajima and Kenji Shibata in defenses of his belt.
On boxrec.com Kudo is regarded as the second best Japanese Light Middleweight of all time. Incidentally he is ranked behind Kojima who had some notable fights of his on August 9th, albeit August 9th 1970 when he successfully defended the Japanese Light Middleweight title against Muneo Mizoguchi.
For Korean fans August 9th 1987 may stand out as it was the day that Jum-Hwan Choi defeated Azadin Anhar in Indonesia to record his 3rd and final defence of the IBF Light Flyweight title. Interestingly this was Choi's only win outside of South Korea.
If you're a Filipino you may be interested to note that on August 9th 1981 Rodel Mayol came in to the world, being born in Mandaue City. Mayol was a staple on the scene at 108lbs for much of the late 00's and claimed the WBC Light Flyweight title in 2009, aged 28. Sadly he lost that belt in his first defence.
In 1998 Thailand's Thanomsak Sithbaobay, a 3-time world title challenger, fought for the final time, suffering a 4 round defeat at the hands of Tetsutora Senrima in Japan, it was his 4th loss in Japan where he never managed to pick up a win.
(Image, of Kudo, courtesy of www.boxrec.com)