February 2nd isn't a date that really stands out for boxing, at least not in recent years, but it did give us an excellent IBF Super Flyweight eliminator back in 2008. The bout should have been a launchpad for a Filipino hopeful, though sadly the Filipino fighter in question would be forced to retire less than 2 years later.
The eliminator in question saw 25 year old Filipino Z Gorres, (then 27-2-1, 15) taking on former world champion Vic Darchinyan (then 29-1, 23), at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino. Interestingly both men had suffered a notable loss just 2 fights earlier, with Gorres coming up short against Fernando Montiel and Darchinyan losing in spectacular fashion to Nonito Donaire. Both men were looking to get back into the title picture, and a win here would set them up with an IBF title fight.
The fight was brilliantly matched, though was marred badly by referee Lance Revill, who seemed to lose control very early and had the crowd on his case from the opening round, with fans throwing things into ring from round 1.
Sadly Gorres' career came to end in 2009 following a win over Luis Melendez. The Filipino would suffer a brain injury. Thankfully he has recovered pretty well since then.
Other events on this day include:
2014-Reymart Gaballo's debut
2002-Shin Ono's debut
1993-Shohei Omori's birthday