October 19th hasn't been one of the best days in Asian boxing but it has certainly been an interesting one with several notable bouts, including bouts that have sadly ended some fighters careers.
One of those men who fought for the final time was Japanese Flyweight great Hiroyuki Ebihara. Ebihara last fought on this day in 1969 when he lost the WBA Flyweight title to Bernabe Villacampo via a 15 round decision. For Villecampo, a Filipino fighter from Cebu, this was his crowning glory though he would lose the belt just 6 months later to Berkerk Chartvanchai. Given that Villecampo wasn't a great fighter it's fair to say that Ebihara retired knowing he was clearly on the slide and didn't need to take any more punches to age him any quicker.
Another man who fought for the last time on this day was was Saen Sor Ploenchit, another Flyweight great. Ploenchit was beaten on this day in 2003 by Shoji Kimura and retired afterwards, with that loss being a second successive one following a loss 10 months earlier to Joichiro Tatsuyoshi. In his prime Ploenchit was a really good Flyweight and defended his title against the likes of Yong-Kang Kim, Hiroki Ioka, Yong-Soon Chang and Leo Gamez though in his final bout he was fighting as a Super Bantamweight and was unable to over-come Kimura who would later challenger for a Featherweight world title.
It's not been all about retirement bouts however and heavy handed Thai Saman Sorjaturong will remember this day in 1996 as one of his easiest world title bouts as he successfully defended the WBC Light Flyweight world title with a 2nd round TKO against Chilean challenger Alli Galvez. This was the 5th defense by Sorjaturong who would continue to hold the title until 1999 when he lost the title via decision to Yo Sam Choi.
(Image of Saman courtesy of boxrec.com)