On this day...
2018-Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40) Vs Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25)
One of the best bouts of 2018 saw WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defending his title in a mandatory defense against talented Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada. The bout wasn't an all out war, but was a thrilling chess match played out with huge straight lefts, sharp jabs and a sense of danger for both men. It was one of the standout bouts and was razor close. As we write this a rematch is expected to be announced, and could take place as early as April 2019!
2001-Artur Grigorian (31-0, 20) Vs Angel Jose Perez (15-1, 13)
Hard hitting Uzbek born German based fighter Artur Grigorian made his 13th defense of the WBO Lightweight title, stopping heavy handed Spanish challenger Angel Jose Perez in the 6th round, with Perez's team throwing in the towel. Perez would lose his next 2 fights before retiring for good. Grigorian would make 4 more defenses before losing the belt to Brazilian great Acelino Freitas in 2004.
1996-Saman Sorjaturong (28-2-1 23) Vs Antonio Perez (41-6-4, 27)
Thai fighter Saman Sorjaurong put himself on the boxing map in 1995 with his Fight of the Year bout against Humberto Gonalez, claiming the WBC and IBF Light Flyweight titles. Despite vacating the IBF title relatively early in his reign he would keep the WBC belt for several years, with his second defense coming against Mexican challenger Antonio Perez. Perez would be competitive in the first 3 rounds, but was stopped in the 4th round by the Thai, who would record 10 total defenses before losing to Yo Sam Choi in 1999.