It was on this day in 1992 that the in ring career of Hideyuki Ohashi came to an end, at the Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo. Ohashi, the then WBA Minimumweight champion, was going up against unbeaten Thai challenger Chana Porpaoin in what looked like a really interesting match up.
Ohashi, then boasting a record of 19-4 (12) was a local hero, a 2-time champion at 105lbs and someone who had shared the ring with true legends, in the form of Jung Koo Chang and Ricardo Lopez. At 27 he wasn't a washed fighter, but had been in a lot of hard fighters, and he was certainly not a prime fighter. Porpaoin on the other hand was a 26 year old with a record of 26-0 (12). All of Porpaoin's fights up to this point had been in Thailand and this was his chance to show what he could do to an international audience.
Sadly for Ohashi the Thai would prove to be the quicker, sharper man, winning an intriguing battle of counter punchers. The bout rarely "came alive" but it was always an interesting battle of wits, with both men showing the other a lot of respect. The better work did however come from the Thai, who often did things that little bit better and caught the eye.
As mentioned this would be Ohashi's final bout, though he stayed involved in boxing and currently runs a major gym in Japan, the Ohashi Gym. Porpaoin would defend the title 8 rimes before losing in 1995 to Rosendo Alvarez. He would recapture the belt in 2001, losing it in his first defense and continue to fight until 2006, eventually retiring with a record of 53-4-5 (19). By then he had put himself in the conversation as one of the top 10 or so Minimumweights of all time.
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