We hate doing this section on historically quiet days and November 2nd is sadly one such day with only two really interesting bouts falling on this day in recent years.
The most recent of those two bouts came on November 2nd 2013 in New York City as Kazakh KO King Gennady Golovkin scored and 8th round retirement victory over the supposedly dangerous Curtis Stevens. Golovkin was fighting for the 4th time in the US and many had suspected that this would be a chin check for the supposed iron chinned Kazakh. What we actually found out was that Stevens was a flat track bully and when hit back he went into his shell and the bout ended up being very one sided before the American was eventually saved by his corner.
The previous bout came some 17 years earlier, in 1996, when when WBC Featherweight champion Luisito Espinosa traveled to Japan and recorded the 3rd defense of his title as he stopped Japan's Nobutoshi Hiranaka in 8 rounds. Following this win the Filipino fighter would continue to add defenses to his record until eventually being dethroned in 1999 by Cesar Soto. Sadly after the loss to Soto things went down hill for the Filipino who would go 3-4 before retiring in 2005 after successive stoppage losses. For Hiranaka this was his second loss in a world title bout and came less than 15 months after a defeat to Eloy Rojas, sadly it was also to be his last world title bout and he would win just 2 of his following 7 bouts before passing away in 2000 following a car accident. At the time he was just 31.