There hasn't been loads of notable activity on February 8th in the history of Asian boxing, but there has been a few notable events. On eof the most notable happened on this day in 1970 when Shozo Saijo headlined a card at the Nippon Budokan and faced off with Chilean veteran Godfrey Stevens. Coming into the bout Saijo was 23-5-2 (6) and the WBA Featherweight champion, having defended the title twice since winning it on US soil in 1968. Stevens on the other hand was 68-4-3 (21), with an impressive 24 fight winning run, and was fighting in his first world title bout.
The bout wasn't particularly competitive, with Saijo taking a clear decision win over the 15 round distance to record his 3rd defense. He would go on to successfully defend the title twice more, beating Frankie Crawford in both of those defenses, before losing the belt in September 1971 to Antonio Gomez.
Shozo would retire after losing to Gomez, leaving behind him a record of 29-7-2 (8). Stevens would continue to fight through much of the 1970's, finishing his career after a 1977 loss to Alexis Arguello. His final career record would be 71-10-3 (21).
Also on this day:
2006-Go Odaira's debut
2004-Yodsanan 3-K Battery Vs Ryuhei Sugita