November 24th has been a busy day over the last 20 years or so with some very interesting bouts.
The first of the bouts came in 1996 when there were two bouts involving Thai's. One of those bouts saw Minimumweight great Ratanapol Sor Vorapin retained his IBF title with a controversial 2nd round KO against Venezuelan challenger Gustavo Vera. Vera had won 9 of his 11 bouts coming into this contest but was stopped in highly debatable fashion by Ratanapol and he failed to recover his career losing 4 of his subsequent 5 bouts. Ratanapol would add 3 more defenses of the belt before coming up short, 13 months later, against Zolani Petelo.
One of Gustavo Vera's losses, prior to being beaten by Ratanapol, had come to Jose Bonilla who managed to claim the WBA Flyweight title with a decision victory over the highly skilled Saen Sor Ploenchit also on November 24th 1996. For Ploenchit this was his first loss in 27 bouts and ended his reign as champion which had consisted of 9 successful defenses in less than 3 years.
More recently, in 2012, we saw history being created in China as Xiong Zhao Zhong defeated Javier Martinez Resendiz and claimed the WBC Minimumweight title to become the first Chinese fighter to claim a world title. The bout was controversial in terms of politics with Zhong getting the opportunity ahead of Denver Cuello but a bout between the two men the following year did give Cuello a chance to win the title, something he failed to do after suffering a nasty injury that subsequently kept him out of the ring for more than a year.
(Image of Ratanapol courtesy of boxrec.com)