On this day...
1996-Ratanapol Sor Vorapin (25-2-1, 20) vs Lee Sandoval (9-4-1, 6)
After making 12 defenses of the IBF Minimumweight title Ratanapol Sor Vorapin actually failed to make weight for a bout against Nicaraguan challenger Lee Sandoval, so was stripped. Despite losing the belt he would stop Sandoval in the 11th round, before regain the belt in his very next fight, defeating Jun Arlos for the then vacant title. Interestingly this would be Sandoval's sole world title fight.
1992-Pretty Boy Lucas (27-2-2, 9) Vs Ricardo Lopez (29-0, 21)
In the 1990's there was one standout Minimumweight, and that was Ricardo Lopez. The technically excellent Mexican who would end his career with a record of 51-0-1 (38). For much of the decade he was the WBC champion, having taken the title from Hideyuki Ohashi in 1990. Few opponents survived the distance with Lopez, known as "Finito", in world title fights. One of the few that did was Filipino Pretty Boy Lucas. Despite lasting 12 rounds with the Mexican great Lucas did fail to win a round, and was beaten with scores of 120-106, twice, and 120-104.
1991-Sung Kil Moon (12-1, 10) Vs Nana Yaw Konadu (20-1-1, 16) II
We don't tend to see Asian fighters having much success in Europe, though there are occasional examples. One of those came on this day in 1991 when Korean fighter Sung Kil Moon travelled to Spain and stopped Ghana's excellent Nana Yaw Konadu, in the second bout between the two men, to retain the WBC Super Flyweight title. Moon would make another 6 defenses of the title before eventually losing it in 1993. As for Konadu he would move up and go on to twice hold the WBA Bantamweight title, winning it twice in Thailand!
1973-Hideki Todaka's birthday
Former WBA Super Flyweight, and WBA "interim" Bantamweight champion Hideki Todaka was born on this day in 1973. His career is often forgotten by those in the west but he would play a solid part in the Japanese scene in the late 1990's and early 00's, beating the likes of Jesus Rojas, Yokthai Sithoar and Leo Gamez in his 26 fight career.