On this day...
2002-Masamori Tokuyama (25-2-1, 6) vs Kazuhiro Ryuko (13-1-3, 4)
In 2002 Japanese born Korean Masamori Tokuyama made his 4th defense of the WBC Super Flyweight title, stopping Kazuhiro Ryuko in the 9th round. Although not a heavy handed fighter Tokuyama did manage to score some notable stoppages, and this was one of them, as he dropped Ryuko with a fantastic right hand. The challenger beat the count but the bout was waved off with him on his feet. Tokuyama, who famously fought under both the North Korean and Unified Korean flags, would hold the title until 2004 when he was upset by Katsushige Kawashima, though he would reclaim the title from Kawashima the following year.
1991-Satoshi Iida (0-0) vs Hideyuki Koshiba (0-0)
Future WBA Super Flyweight champion Satoshi Iida made his debut in 1991, defeating fellow debutant Hideyuki Koshiba with a 4 round decision in Nagoya. Iida would go on to dethrone Yokthai Sithoar in 1997 and would make 2 succesful defences before losing to Jesus Rojas in 1998, and then retire, with an impressive 25-2-1 (11) record.
1957-Chan Hee Park's birthday
Korean fighter Chan Hee Park has become a forgotten man in recent years, though he was a pretty notable fighter in the late 70's and early 80's. Park would run up a 17-4-2 (6) professional record fight in 9 world title bouts and score notable wins over Miguel Canto, Chikara Igarashi and Guty Espadas. Sadly for Park however he is best known for going 0-3 in a trilogy against Japan's Shoji Oguma before retiring in 1982.