Some days have been more disappointing than others and it's fair to say that one of the most disappointing has been September 2nd a date that seems to have been thoroughly lacking in notable events. Thankfully we have found 1 or 2, but genuinely the numbers have been very low.
In 1968 "Ther Eternal Champion" Masao Oba suffered his second career defeat losing a 10 round decision to Susumu Hanagata. Hanagata, who became WBA Flyweight champion in 1974, did go on to lose a rematch to Oba in 1972 though sadly Oba passed away away before the men could possible organise a rubber match. Aged just 23 when he died Oba is one of boxing's great "What if's..." whilst Hanagata is now a gym owner in Japan and manages Go Odaira.
Just 3 years after the first Oba/Hanagata bout we sadly saw Shozo Saijo lose his WBA Featherweight title to Antonio Gomez via a 5th round KO. Saijo had held the title from 1968, when he beat Raul Rojas, all the way up to the 1971 loss to Gomez. Following he loss to Gomez we then saw the 24 year old Saijo retire from the sport.
In 2007 we then saw another world title fight involving an Asian as Ha-Na Kim successfully retained her WBA female Super Flyweight title against Hwa-Won Lee. This all-Korean female bout would be Kim's final defence before she lost her belt in China just a month later to Zhang Xi Yan.
(Image, of Hanagata, courtesy of boxrec.com)