2017-Kyotaro Fujimoto claims OPBF Heavyweight title!
Even now it's hard to think of Japanese fighters having success at Heavyweight, though Kyotaro Fujimoto has been an exception to all logic. On this day in 2017 he defeated Willie Nasio to claim the OPBF title, becoming the first Japanese fighter to unify the Japanese and OPBF Heavyweight titles, before later adding the WBO Asia Pacific title to his collection.
Since winning the OPBF title Fujimoto has recorded 4 defenses of the title, become a triple champion and edged towards a potential world title fight. Nasio on the other hand has gone 2-1 since this loss and claimed an Australian state title.
Interestingly on the same show Takeshi Inoue began his rapid rise through the ranks with a then career best win over Akinori Watanabe, and by the end of the year he had unified the Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight titles.
2012 -Wandee Singwancha score final career win
Thailand's Wandee Singwancha, also known as On Doowiset, fought between 1994 and 2013, facing a who's who of the Asian during his long career. Sadly his career ended with 3 losses, and his last win was over a year removed from his final bout, and was a low key one against fellow Thai Truperjames Sithdajin.
Followinf the win over Truperjames on this day in 2012 Wandee would suffer losses to YushinTanaka, Shinichiro Morikawa and Rex Tso, retiring after the Tso loss with a record of 67-17-1 (18).
During his 85 fight career Wandee would travel the world, fighting in Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, England, Philippines and Hong Kong before retiring at the age of 33.
1968-Leo Espinosa fights for the final time
Although Filipino fighter Leo Espinosa failed to win a world title, coming up short in 3 world title bouts, his career was a genuinely notable one. He scored wins over Yoshio Shirai and Pone Kingpetch, was a 3 time OPBF Bantamweight champion and compiled an excellent 64-28-3 (8) record.
Espinosa's career began in 1948 and ended around 20 years later. During his 95 fight career he faced a who's who, battling the likes of Pascual Perez , Raul Macias, Pone Kingpetch, Sadao Yaoita and Eder Jofre.
Whilst Leo failed at world level his nephew Luisito Espinosa did become a 2-weight champion.