2006-Eagle Den Junlaphan retains
The most recent bout of note on this day, at least in Asia, saw Eagle Den Junlaphan retain the WBC Minimumweight title with a decision win over Japan's Ken Nakajima. The bout was the first for Eagle Den since he regained the WBC title from Katsunari Takayama in August 2005.
The bout showed that Eagle Den, who has been out of the ring prior to beating Takayama due to a shoulder injury, still had it and he actually went on to stop Nakajima in the 7th round, in what was Eagle Den's only stoppage win at world level.
The Japanes based Thai would continue his reign on until late 2007, notching notable defenses against Rodel Mayol, Lorenzo Trejo and Akira Yaegashi, before losing to Oleydong Sithsamerchai. After the loss to Sithsamerchai we saw Eagle Den retire from the ring with a record of 18-2 (6).
1984- Isao Kimura passes
Japan's Isao Kimura is certainly not a name that we expect many readers to be familiar with, but he was a fighter who debuted in 1979 and sadly lost his life in 1984, following injuries suffered in a bout with Rikuo Watanabe, who he had previously lost to twice previously. He was just 28.
His career had seen him cram 25 bouts into less than 5 years as a fighter, during which time he suffered 7 stoppage losses, including one to Watanabe. His career ended in worrying fashion with 5 stoppage losses in just over 18 months before his death. The rules in Japan now have prevented thins like this happening, it's clear that his death was one that was avoidable
1983-Katsuo Tokashiki retains
Japanese fighter Katsuo Tokashiki had a short yet packed career. He debuted in December 1978 less than 3 years later he would upset Hwan-Jin Kim and claim the WBA Light Flyweight title, in his 16th bout. From then on all but 1 of his career bouts was a world title bout, until his retirement in 1984. In less than 6 years he had debuted, fought in 9 world title fights and left a notable mark.
On this day in 1983 Tokashika scored his last win a world title bout, and his second career win, as he defeated former champion Hwan-Jin Kim, in a rematch over 15 rounds to retain the WBA title. The bout came 13 months after their first clash and again saw Tokashiki take the win. This was 4 Tokashiki's 4 defense of the title.
Tokashiki's reign came to an end just 6 month later, losing the second of 3 bouts with Lupe Madera who he had previously drawn with. His career would then end in 1984 following a TKO loss to the rampant Jung Koo Chang. His record was 19-4-2 (4).
Incidentally Kim never fought again after losing to Tokashiki the second time, retiring with a record of 22-2-2 (8).