November 9th has been a disappointingly quiet day through Asian boxing history though we have stumbled on 2 fights of interest over the last 45 years.
The first of those bouts was back in 1969 when Japanese great Hiroshi Kobayashi made the 4th defense of his WBA Super Featherweight title and over-came Argentinian veteran Carlos Ruben Canete. Kobayashi had won the title, along with the WBC belt, back in 1967 and although he had been stripped of the WBC belt in 1968 he continued to hold the WBA belt defending it until 1971, when he was stopped by Alfredo Marcano in 10 rounds, and retired after fighting just once more.
The second of the bouts happened in 2012 when Indonesian great Chris John defended the WBA Featherweight "super" title against Thailand's Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and scored what was his final career win. Going into the bout John was unbeaten in 49 fights with a record of 47-0-2 (22) which Chonlatarn was 44-0 (27) and viewed as a dangerous challenger going into the bout, in the end however John dealt with him relatively easily as the Thai struggled with the distance and pace of the contest. Sadly for John he would suffer a technical draw in his following bout against Satoshi Hosono and then suffer a loss to Simpiwe Vetyeka a fight later before retiring from the sport. For Chonlatarn the loss to John was his first world title bout and, in about 2 weeks, he will get his second chance as he takes on Vasyl Lomachenko in a very interesting match up.