Over the last 25 years we have had some of the best names in Asian boxing in action with 3 top fighters all fighting in world title bouts across a spectrum of weights. All 3 of those men are in consideration for their respective nation's greatest ever fighter and few would argue if you described 2 of them as all time greats whilst the other has the potential to be a modern great.
The first of the bouts of interest came back in 1989 when a post-prime Jung-Koo Chang attempted to reclaim the WBC Light Flyweight title. Chang, in his pomp, had held the title for more than 5 years before retiring in 1988. Sadly financial issues forced him back in to the ring the following year and in just the second fight of his comeback he battled against the great Humberto Gonzalez, sadly Gonzalez was too goo for that version of Chang and took a clear decision over the gutsy Korean, who would later come within a whisker of claiming the WBC Flyweight title. The comeback essentially proved to be a mark on his legacy as a fighter with Chang losing 3 of the 5 bouts he had in his short comeback, with this being the first of those 3 losses.
The following year the sensationally heavy handed Khaosai Galaxy successfully defended the WBA Super Flyweight title as he stopped Ernesto Ford in the 6th round. This was Galaxy's 44th win in 45 bouts and amazingly his 39th stoppage* in a weight where stoppages are relatively uncommon. Ford would later challenge Sung-Kil Moon with the Korean stopping him in 5 rounds to retain the WBC Super Flyweight title. Unfortunately after this fight Galaxy would fight just 3 more times before retiring in in early 1992 with his place in history set as the most destructive Super Flyweight ever.
Talking about destruction we saw Kazakhstan's heavy handed Gennady Golovkin retain his WBA Middleweight title with a stunning knockout on this day in 2011. Golovkin, fighting against Lajuan Simon, almost beheaded his American challenger inside a round. For many this was their first chance to see Golovkin live and he certainly left a stunning impression on those fans.
*Galaxy's record is dispute with some accounts giving him more fights than others
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