When we talk about unbeaten world champions we only really mean fighters who have held one of the 4 major titles, the IBF, WBA, WBC or WBO. Given the amount of "world titles" in world boxing that makes sense, as there really are too many titles out there. Despite that we are, today, going to give attention to a former unbeaten WBF "world" champion in the form of Samson Dutch Boy Gym (43-0, 36).
For those unaware Samson was a very under-rated Thai Super Flyweight, who started in Muay Thai then turned to professional boxing. As a professional boxing Samson debuted at the age of 19 and had a decade long career, spanning from 1992 to 2002. During that time he amassed 43 straight wins, 39 of which came in bouts for the World Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight title, which he defended an insane 38 times in 8 years!
Rather than dwelling on what could have been for Samson, who was a seriously good fighter, we're here to look at the 5 most significant wins for... Samson Dutch Boy Gym.
Colin "Kid" Nelson (September 17th 1994)
One of the most obvious bouts to include here is Samson's 1994 win over Colin "Kid" Nelson, which netted the Thai the WBF Super Flyweight title. Although not the most impressive win of his career, not even close, this was the win that set into action Samson's insane run as the WBF champion. Sadly it was also probably part of why he never faced a major champion. His team had a world "championship" around his waist and now didn't need to purse a more recognisable title. This is an incredibly significant win, but also one that likely limited Samson's career overall, making a real double edged sword. With out the WBF title it's almost certain that Samson would have had a more notable career, but the title is intrinsically linked to him and his unbeaten record. It's worth noting this was just his 4th pro bout, and essentially put him on the past to the career he had.
Rolando Pascua (January 8th 1995)
When people about Samson Dutch Boy Gym and try to down play his ability they do miss out what he actually did and how good he was. His talent was obvious, and that was really shown in just his 6th bout, when he stopped former world champion Rolando Pascua of the Philippines. Pascua, who was fighting for the 51st time in his career, had won the WBC Light Flyweight title in 1990, when he scored a massive upset over Humberto Gonzalez, and had continued to mix in, and around, world level. Rather than respecting the Filipino Samson went and had a war with him, a bit of a forgotten classic. The two men set a high pace to begin with, but in the end Samson would break down the Filipino to retain his title in a genuinely impressive, and fun to watch bout.
Alexander Makhmutov (November 22nd 1996)
There's a fair argument that Pascua was past his best when Samson fought him but it's hard to argue the same about Russian Alexander Makhmutov. Coming into this the Russian was 26-3 (14) with his 3 losses coming to legitimate world class fighters, Chatchai Sasakul, Ratanachai Sor Vorapin and Saen Sor Ploenchit. Samson managed to not only beat the Russian but also stop him, albeit on a cut. Makhmutov would bounce back from the loss, winning the Europen Flyweight title, twice, and challenge the then WBO Flyweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez in 2003. He fought at a high, on and off, to his retirement and had proven he was a world class fighter. The only real issue with Samson beating him is the fact Makhmutov was a world class Flyweight, not Super Flyweight, but still a very solid win for Samson.
Cruz Carbajal (March 7th 1997)
Another man who certainly wasn't past his best when he fought Samson was Mexican Cruz Carbajal. The then 22 year old Carbajal had gone 12 rounds with Lehlo Ledwaba just 4 months earlier before Samson stopped him in 4 rounds to retain his WBF title. Whilst Samson's win was impressive, compared to Ledwaba, the best was yet to come from Cruz who found his pomp in the early 00's, stopping Mauricio Martinez for the WBO Bantamweight title which he would defend 3 times. Carbajal would fight on until 2012, a full 15 years after Samson beat him.
Hugo Rafael Soto (June 24th 1997)
Arguably the most significant win on Samson's record is his 1997 win over Argentina's Hugo Rafael Soto. Soto was just 10 months removed from a decision loss in a WBO Super Flyweight title bout to Johnny Tapia when Samson fought him. Samson would go on to stop the Argentinian in 6 rounds, giving him his second stoppage loss some 3 years after he was taken out in 8 rounds by the legendary Yuri Arbachakov. What makes this win the most notable isn't just Soto's result against Tapia but the fact that just 4 fights later Soto would go on to win the WBA Flyweight title, dethroning Jose Bonilla. Sure Soto isn't a huge name, but this is a win that stands up a very impressive one for Samson.
We'd like to finish this by quickly adding that Samson also has two very solid wins over the tricky Jess Maca, which are very good wins over a man who would have a lengthy run with the OPBF Bantamweight title.
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