In recent years November 21st has been a huge day in Asian boxing, so big that we've not really traipsed through the history books looking for much from a historical aspect.
The furthest back we went was 15 years as we went to 1999 when the then 22 year old Kozo Ishii came up short against Nestor Garza in a bout for the WBA Super Bantamweight title. Ishii was fighting in his first world title fight and put up a solid account of himself prior to being stopped in the 12th round, with just 30 seconds of the bout left. Sadly for Ishii he would lose in 2 more world title before his untimely death in 2012 following a car accident. At the time of his death Ishii was just 34 years old.
Exactly 10 years on from the Ishii/Garza bout we had a trio of world title bouts all with different outcomes for Asian fighters.
In a great result for Asian boxing Mexican fans saw Filipino Rodel Mayol upset Edgar Sosa and claim the WBC Light Flyweight title. Prior to the bout Sosa had recorded 10 defenses of the title beating the likes of Takashi Kunishge, Sonny Boy Jaro, Juanito Rubillar and Pornsawan Porpramook and was nearing the pound-for-pound top 10 before facing Mayol. Sadly whilst Mayol won there was huge controversy over the result with the men clashing heads in nasty fashion, sadly Sosa never really recovered and soon afterwards he was finished off by Mayol, in a bout that really should have ended in a technical draw or a no contest.
We saw another Mexico Vs Philippines bout end in less controversial fashion, though disappointing fashion, as Sonny Boy Jaro was stopped inside a round by by WBA Light Flyweight champion Giovani Segura. Prior to the stoppage we had had a minute of chaos as both guys fought with the intention of halting the other man quickly, just unfortunately for Jaro he was forced to take a devastating body shot that sent him down for the count.
A third bout between a Filipino and a Mexican on the same day took place in Canada as Marvin Sonsona fought to a draw with Alejandro Hernandez. The bout was a WBO Super Flyweight title bout but Sonsona had sadly lost the title on the scales. This draw was followed by Sonsona losing to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr as his career quickly fell apart and saw him walk away from the sport for almost 2 years before eventually getting back on track in 2014 with wins over Akifumi Shimoda and a revenge win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
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