On this day...
2014-Kohei Kono (29-8, 12) Vs Denkaosan Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26)
In 2014 Japan's Kohei Kono became a 2-time world champion, stopping Thai veteran Denkaosan Kaovichit in the 8th round for the WBA Super Flyweight title. Kono had lost the title the previous May, to Liborio Solis, but with this win he became a 2-time champion, and essentially ended Denkaosan's career as a world class fighter. Interestingly in his previous bout Denkaosan had ended the career of Nobuo Nashiro, who lost a split decision to the Thai for the interim title.
2005-Akira Yaegashi (0-0) vs Tomoyoshi Nakayama (8-8-1, 1)
There are few Japanese fighters in recent years who have given us more action than Akira Yaegashi. His career, of 14 years, began in 2005 when he made light work of Tomoyoshi Nakayama in 80 seconds to begin his remarkable, exciting and action packed career. The popular warrior from the Ohashi gym may not go down as a legend in terms of achievements, despite being a 3 weight world champion, but will always be fondly remembered by fans.
1983-Jung Koo Chang (20-1, 9) vs Hilario Zapata (22-2, 9) II
In September 1982 Jung Koo Chang suffered his first professional loss, losing a split decision to Hilario Zapata. Just 6 months later the two men would rematch, with Chang avenging his loss and taking out Zapata in the 3rd round, to become the WBC Light Flyweight champion. As the champion Chang was sensational holding the title for over 5 years, and making 15 defenses.
1940-Hiroyuki Ebihara's birthday
Born in Fussa, Tokyo on this day in 1940 Hiroyuki Matsuda, better known as Hiroyuki Ebihara is a Japanese legend, who was sadly taken before his time in 1991. Often regarded as one of the true legends of Japanese boxing, Ebihara was a close friend, and rival, of the great Fighting Harada, who once revealed that whilst he didn't cry at his parent's funeral he did cry at that of Ebihara. Ebihara is such a legend in Japan that the Pokémon games have a character named after him, Ebiwalar better known as Hitmonchan in the west.