For October 12th we've selected 3 fights, it's not we'll admit but they all have a real legend of the sport in them, in fact so legendary are the fighters that we suspect many fans call them 3 of the greats.
The first great wasn't actually an Asian, it was Nicaraguan boxing icon Alexis Arguello who, in 1975, sucessfully defended the WBA Super Featherweight title against Royal Kobayashi. Arguello, otherwise known as "El Flacco Explosivo"-"The Explosive Thin Man", stopped Kobayashi in 5 rounds to retain the title and live up to his nickname. Kobayashi gave a solid account of himself but it really was a case of two men at completely different levels competing each other and whilst Kobayashi was world class, as shown by the fact he would later win the WBC Super Bantamweight title, Arguello really was just something special.
Another man regarded as something special, especially by Japanese fans, is Yoko Gushiken who made the final successful defense of the WBA Light Flyweight title as he over-came Pedro Flores via a 15 round decision. Flores was dropped in the second though fought back really well to push Gushiken all the way and make a strong case for a rematch. Unfortunately for the man known as the "Kanmuriwashi" a rematch was forth coming and Gushiken would lose that by 12th KO before retiring aged just 25. Although his career was short Gushiken did enough in just 7 years to be regarded as one of the greatest Light Flyweights of all time and one of the most exciting little men in boxing history. Notably Flores's reign wouldn't last long and he would lose the belt in his first defense to Hwan-Jin Kim
The third legend was Thai hero Khaosai Galaxy who, in 1987, retained his WBA Super Flyweight title with a 3rd round stoppage of Korean challenger Byung Kwan Chung. Galaxy, one of the greats, was making the 6th defense of his title in a little under 3 years and recorded his 10th straight stoppage with this win. For Kwan, a former OPBF and Korean champion, this was to be his only world title fight and it was also the start of the end of his career with the Korean only winning 2 of his subsequent 7 contests.
(Image, of Kobayashi, courtesy of boxrec.com)