In 1990;s November 12th seems to have been "one of those dates" and in a 4 year span we had 3 major world title bouts with all 3 of them featuring Thai's and amazing all 3 of them were won by Thai's.
The first of those 3 contests came in 1994 when Minimumweight great Ratanapol Sor Vorapin made his 8th defense of the IBF Minimumweight title and made very light work of first time world title challenger Carlos Alberto Rodriguez. Unfortunately for Rodriguez he would lose his following 3 bouts before retiring in 1996 with a record of 18-11. As for Ratanapol he would continue to defend the belt until 1997 when he was eventually defeated by Zolani Petelo who ended what was technically the Thai's second reign as champion. Although during that time Ratanapol did spend 2 months without a world title after being stripped for missing weight and being forced to win it back just weeks later.
Exactly 1 year later fans saw Light Flyweight great Saman Sorjaturong successfully defend the unified IBF and WBC titles with a 4th round KO against Japanese challenger Yuichi Hosono. The bout was Thai's first since claiming the belts in one of the greatest contests of the 1990's against Humberto Gonzalez. The Gonzalez bout had made Samam a name for the hardcore fans with the bout coming in the US though the win over Hosono was one for his home fans as he returned to Thailand for the contest. Sadly for the Thai he would vacate the IBF belt soon afterwards however he managed to defend the WBC belt until 1999 when he eventually lost the belt to South Korean Yo Sam Choi. Samam would continue to fight until 2005 when he was stopped in a round by the then emerging Koki Kameda and with 5 losses in his final 6 bouts the Thai hung them up. Hosono on the other hand would fight just once more picking up a win over Neil Caga in 1996 before retiring.
In 1997 we saw Chatchai Sasakul claim the WBC Flyweight title with a surprise win over Japanese based Russian great Yuri Arbachakov. The bout was the second meeting between the two men and saw Sasakul avenging a previous defeat to Arbachakov whilst also sending the Russian into retirement. For Sasakul however this win has over-shadowed historically by the fact he lost the belt in his third defense to a then unknown Manny Pacquiao who claimed his first world title by knocking out the Thai just 13 months later.
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