On this day...
2009-Akira Yaegashi (9-2, 6) Vs Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (0-0)
Every legend starts somewhere and for Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who at the time was fighting as Wirawut Wor Por Srisaket, that legend began with a loss to Akira Yaegashi. The Thai, who has gone on to become of the biggest sporting names in Thailand, was stopped inside a round by Yaegashi in 2009. Although physically they looked the same, this was a Srisaket who was a long way from the man he would become. He was actually a right handed fighter at the time and lacked balance, defense, accuracy and almost everything that has made him what he is today. Interestingly this bout came less than 3 years after Yaegashi had had his first world title fight, and only a few years later he would claim his first, of 3, world titles.
2007-Gerry Penalosa (51-5-2, 34) Vs Daniel Ponce De Leon (30-1, 28)
Filipino fighter Gerry Penalosa dipped his toes at Super Bantamweight to challenge big punching Mexican Daniel Ponce De Leon for the WBO title. Penalosa showed his ring craft and technical ability, landed a reported 36% of his total punches, but was massively overwhelmed by the less accurate but much, much busier Pone De Leon. The compubox, which we tend to take with a grain of salt, had Penalosa landing 175 from 481 whilst Ponce De Leon landed just 259 from 1399. In the end it was activity that won out, with the Mexican taking a clear decision.
1984-Ju Do Chun (15-1-3, 6) vs Diego De Villa (15-12-6, 3)
In 1983 Ju Do Chun became one of the earliest IBF world champions, stopping Ken Kasugai in Osaka for the title. In his second defense, just 3 months later, he faced off with Filipino challenger Deigo De Villa. The bout lasted less than a minute, with the Filipino being stopped quickly by the Korean champion. Interestingly Chun would play a bigger part in history in 1985, when he was stopped by Elly Pical, who would stop Chun to become the first Indonesian world champion.