With there being next to nothing happening in the ring any time soon we've brought back this old series for another run, with 5 bouts that happened on this day!
1968-Hiroshi Kobayashi vs Rene Barrientos
The unified Super Featherweight Hiroshi Kobayashi, who had won the titles 3 months earlier, made his first defense as he retained his titles with a draw against the highly talented Rene Barrientos of the Philippines. The bout, a controversial one that many felt should have gone Barrientos' way, was supposed to see a rematch in 1969 but that failed to materialise and Kobayashi would later be stripped of the WBC belt, that Barrientos won in February 1969.
1979-Sung Jun Kim Vs Hector Melendez I
Sung Jun Kim, the then WBC Light Flyweight champion, recorded his first defense 6 months after winning the title as he fought to a draw with Hector Melendez in their first bout. The two men would later rematch, with Kim taking a decision win over the talented Melendez, who later came up short in a third world title bout against Hilario Zapata. Sadly Kim would pass away end less than 10 years later, when he took his own life at the age of 35.
1985-Ji Won Kim v Ruben Dario Palacio
Talented Korean Ji Won Kim made his first defenses of the IBF Super Bantamweight title as he took a clear decision over Colombian challenger Ruben Dario Palacio. Kim had won the title in January, stopping compatriot Sung In Suh, and would go on to make 4 defenses before retiring in 1986, with a record of 16-0-2 (7).
1990-In Chul Baek Vs Christophe Tiozzo
WBA Super Middleweight champion In Chul Baek travelled to France to defend his title against the then unbeaten Christophe Tiozzo. Sadly for Baek, who had apparently been fed up with the sport and drinking too much, his reign came to an end in the 6th round, in what would be the end of his memorable career. Baek had, apparently, been lined up for a potential Tommy Hearns fight had he won here, but instead hung up the gloves after this loss.
2007-Wanheng Menayothin Vs Ma Yi Ming
We end this with a bit of a weird one, because that's what we do! In 2007 a then 2-0 Wanhen Menayothin won his first title, the WBC Youth Minimumweight title, as he stopped China's Ma Yi Ming, who entered 0-1. Since then Menayothin has gone on too reel off in excess of 50 extra wins, and boasts a 54-0 (18) record, to go along with his WBC World title!