December 4th has been a remarkable day in recent years and we've found 3 very notable bouts...
In 1998 Thai fans saw the birth of a future superstar as Filipino banger Manny Pacquiao, a then unrefined southpaw slugger, traveled to Phuttamonthon in Thailand and claimed the WBC Flyweight title with a shocking knockout of the then champion, and local star, Chatchai Sasakul. Sasakul, who entered the bout with an impressive record of 33-1 (24) had been unbeaten in 3 years, a run of 13 fights, and had avenged his sole loss over Yuri Arbachako. This was supposed to be the third successful defense of his world title however an early lead from the Thai was wiped out with a monster left hand from the Filipino youngster who was fighting in his first world title bout.
In 2010 we saw another Filipino impress as Nonito Donaire made his mark on the Bantamweight division and battered Ukrainian Volodymyr Sydorenko in 4 very one sided rounds. Although this bout wasn't a world title contest it was one of the best performances from Donaire who, in his next bout, claimed unified Bantamweight titles as he stopped Fernando Montiel. For many this was Donaire's best weight and it's a shame we didn't see more of him at 118lbs as the Filipino moved up and up eventually running into men he couldn't beat at 122lbs and 126lbs.
More recently, 2012, we saw Koki Kameda getting the rub of the green in a close bout with Mexico's hard hitting Hugo Ruiz. The bout was one the toughest in Kameda's career and he was very lucky to retain his WBA Bantamweight title. The Japanese fighter would add a further 3 defenses of the belt, 2 of which were close decisions, before finally leaving the division to focus on the Super Flyweight division.