November 4th is another of the days that has been historically very quiet, in fact going back more than 40 years we could only find 2 fights that we thought were notable. Disappointing to say the least.
The first of those bouts came in 1988 when Filipino fighter Tacy Macalos defeated Jum-Hwan Choi to claim the IBF Light Flyweight title. It was the second meeting between the two menwho had fought some 19 months earlier. In their first meeting Choi had taken a close decision in his native South Kirea this time however it was Macalos who would come out on top in a clear decision win to claim the title. Sadly for the Filipino his reign was a short one and he lost the belt in his first defense against Muangchai Kittikasem in a split decision in Thailand. Sadly whilst the win over Choi was the crowning moment of Macalos's career it was also the start of the end for the Filipino who won just 5 of his subsequent 13 bouts.
The second bout was from 2007 when Takafumi Sakata retained the WBA Flyweight title with a very controversial draw again Denkaosan Kaovichit. The bout was ultimately decided by a point deduction from Kaovichit for holding in the last minute of the fight. This was the second defense by Sakata who had won the title 8 months earlier with a stoppage of the previously undefeated Lorenzo Parra, who had completely screwed up his weight. Sakata would defend the title twice more before coming undone to Kaovichit in a rematch in December 2008 when the Thai stopped him in 2 rounds.