December 2nd has been an interesting day in Asian boxing history and has seen several notable fights, one of which has featured one of the sports all time greats destroying a former champion.
In 1995 Nicaraguan tough guy Rosendo Alvarez traveled to Thailand and dethroned local star Chana Porpaoin of the WBA Minimumweight title via split decision. The win was especially impressive given that Chana entered the bout as the unbeaten local champion whilst Alvarez, himself an unbeaten fighter, had traveled to one of the hardest countries to win in and managed to scored a close decision win. Interestingly Alvarez would later defeat Chana's twin brother Songkram Porpaoin by stoppage, also in Thailand.
Exactly 5 years after Alvarez beat Chana we saw his nemesis, Ricardo Lopez, defeat a Thai, Ratanapol Sor Vorapin. Lopez, one of the all time greats recorded what would be his 50th professional victory as he stopped Ratanapol in the 3rd round of what had been a one-sided contest prior to the finish. Lopez was defending the IBF Light Flyweight title for the first time and, unfortunately for fans of the Mexican sensation, this would be his penultimate bout. Strangley in Lopez's final contest he defeated Zolani Petelo the man who had beaten Ratanapol for the IBF Minimumweight title back in 1997 ending the Thai's long unbeaten run in world title bouts that stretched back to 1992.
More recently, 2008, fans saw Nobuo Nashiro over-come Eduardo Garcia to successfully defend the WBA Super Flyweight title. Sadly for Nashiro he would lose his title in his follow up bout, suffering a 12 round decision loss to Alexander Munoz. Nashiro would later have a second reign as the champion though that too was short lived lasting less than 2 years.