In 1996 we had a peculiar show in Chiba that featured several notable names, including 2 former Heavyweight champions. One of the bouts saw the legendary George Foreman taking a 12 round decision over Crawford Grimsely, a rare decision win for "Big" George. Another bout saw the great Orlando Canizales defeat Sergio Reyes with a 10th round TKO. The most interesting contest however was the bizarre Heavyweight bout between Tommy Morrison, who had been found HIV positive, and Marcus Rhode, who apparently didn't mind fighting Morrison. The bout is thought to have been the first ever bout featuring a HIV positive fighter. Rhode lasted just 98 seconds. One other notable bout on this cared saw Alonzo Highsmith defeat Mark Gastineau in a bout between two former NFL players completing what truly was an odd show.
In 2001 fans saw the hugely talented Kostya Tszyu score his most notable victory as he stopped Zab Judah in the second round of their triple title unification bout. The fight saw Tszyu entering as the WBA and WBC Light Welterweight champion whilst Judah, a then unbeaten and very touted American, entered as the IBF champion. The bout saw Judah being stopped in the second round though the bout is best known for Judah's now infamous "chicken dance" and subsequent 1-man riot which saw him acting like a petulant child in one of the many bizarre moments in Judah's career. Tsyzu would defend the unified crowns just twice before being stripped due to inactivity and eventually he lost the IBF in 2005 losing a very hard fought brawl with the popular Ricky Hatton.
Most recently, 2012, we saw a world title double in Japan as Shinsuke Yamanaka defended his WBC Bantamweight crown for the second time and over-came Tomas Rojas, ending the fight in spectacular fashion with a KO of the Year contender. On the same show WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi made the sole successful defence of his title with a majority decision victory over Nestor Daniel Narvaes, he would lose the belt a fight later to Akira Yaegahsi.
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