On this day...
2017-Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) vs Carlos Carlson (22-1, 13)
"God's Left" Shinsuke Yamanaka would become one of the biggest names in Japanese boxing during his lengthy WBC Bantamweight reign, and would manage to make his way on to the Ring Magazin pound for pound top 10. His final successful defense, his 12th, saw him stopping the horrifically over-matched Carlos Carlson in 7 rounds at the Kokugikan. The bout was a mismatch from the moment it was signed and the ending really was just a case of putting Carlson out of his misery. Sadly Yamanaka would lose his next 2 bouts before retiring. Carlson however is still active and has slipped from 22-1 to 23-5, with a recent loss to Genesis Servania.
2012-Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-3-2, 43) Vs Sonny Boy Jaro (33-10-5, 23)
In one of the biggest upsets in recent memory Pongsaklek Wonjongkam had his second WBC Flyweight title reign come to an end at the hands of Filipino journeyman Sonny Boy Jaro. Wonjongkam had travelled to Japan and taken the belt from Koki Kameda less than 2 years prior to this bout, he had defended it against stiff competition, beating Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, Takuya Kogawa and Edgar Sosa, but was surprised by Jaro who decked him several times on route to a 6th round TKO win over the Thai. This would be the final world title bout for Wonjongkam.
2001-Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (38-2, 21) Vs Malcolm Tunacao (11-0-1, 7)
Exactly 11 years before being shocked by Jaro we actually saw Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in his very first world title bout, blitzing Filipino tough guy Malcolm Tunacao inside the opening round. Tunacao was looking to make his second defense, following a draw with Celes Kobayashi, but was stopped by the Thai challenger after 2 minutes 42 seconds of the opening round. Amazingly Tunacao would go 25-2-2 after this bout, with his only other stoppage being a 12th round TKO to Shinsuke Yamnaka in 2013! In a way it is a rather odd coincidence that Wonjongkam's first and final world title bouts came exactly 11 years apart.
1989-Suriyan Sor Runvisai's birthday
Rather fittingly Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, one og Wonjongkam's title challengers, was born on this day in 1989. He was 12 when Wonjongkam won the title in 2001, and would challenge his countryman in 2010 before later winning the WBC Super Flyweight title. Suriyan's career as the top was short but he would take the Super Flyweight title form Tomjas Rojas and defend it against Nobuo Nashiro, before losing to Yota Sato. He would late go on to challenge Shinsuke Yamanaka in 2014, in what ties all of this together rather nicely!