September 13th is an interesting day through the history of Asian boxing even if the number of major bouts is some what limited.
Talking about major bouts one of the most interesting and notable happened in 1935 when Filipino great Ceferino Garcia battled against against HOF fighter Barney Ross. Garcia managed to drop Ross twice in the opening round though sadly lost a decision to Ross, one of the greatest fighters at 140 and 147lbs. The men would fight again 2 months later with Ross again winning a decision.
South Korean 2-weight world champion Hi Yong Choi was born on this day in 1965. Although now a bit of a forgotten fighter Choi claimed WBA titles at both Minimumweight and Light Flyweight and scored notable wins over Bong-Jun Kim, Yuichi Hosono, Leo Gamez and Keiji Yamaguchi. In a 21 fight career Choi fought 9 world title fights.
Whilst Choi might not be a well known champion his compatriot, Jung Koo Chang, is certainly well known. Chang successfully defended his WBC Light Flyweight title on this day in 1986 by taking a 12 round decision over Francisco Montiel. This was Chang's 10th defence of his title and his second bout with Montiel in a little over 13 months.
In 2010 we saw a female world title fight as Nanako Kikuchi attempted to claim the WBC female Minimumweight title. Sadly for Kikuchi she was no match for Mexico's Anabel Ortiz who retained her title with a 10 round. Whilst this was a clear set back for Kikuchi we did see Ortiz return to Japan 8 months later and get stopped by the sensational Naoko Fujioka who won her first world title with an 8th round TKO against Ortiz.
(Image, of Kikuchi, courtesy of boxrec.com)