We've got to admit we've struggled again today to find much of note and as a result we've only got 2 bout of interest.
The first of those came in 1993 when Kyrgyzstan's great Orzubek Nazarov became the first fighter from Kyrgyzstan to claim a wold title after taking a very well earned decision in South Africa against Dingaan Thobela. The decision for Nazarov saw him claiming the WBA Lightweight title, a title he would hold until 1998 he suffered his sole career defeat to Jean-Baptiste Mendy and soon retired courtesy of a serious eye injury. Sadly for Nazarov the eye injury has left him blind in 1 eye but the great fighter is still remembered as his counties best, by a long, long way.
Our second bout of note came in 2004 when Japanese Minimumweight Yutaka Niida made his first defense of the WBA Minimumweight title as he over-came Juan Jose Landaeta in a very narrow split decision. The win was Niida's 3rd win in a world title fight and came just less than 4 months after he had reclaimed the title from Noel Arambulet. Niida would hold this belt until 2008 when he suffered his sole stoppage defeat, at the hands of the sensational Roman Gonzalez who won his first with the victory over Niida.
(Image courtesy of boxrec.com and is the poster from the Nazarov fight more than 20 years ago)