One of the divisions we don't really think about when it comes to Asia is the Light Heavyweight division. There have been very few fighters from Asia able to make their mark on the global scene at 175lbs, despite the fact the division is one of the "traditional 8" weight classes.
Whilst the history of the division in Asia is weak there is actually an OPBF title at Light Heavyweight, and that belt has been active since the early 1980's. It's certainly not one of the strongest linages for an OPBF title, but it's a title that deserves a little bit more light on it. With that in mind, we bring you "Did you know...The OPBF Light Heavyweight title"
-The first bout for the title was in July 1982, that's almost 30 years after the first bouts for the likes of the OPBF Flyweight, Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight titles. The only traditional weight to come after it was Heavyweight, which came in November 1982.
-The first champion was Soo Hang Lee. On boxrec he finished with a 1-2 record, showing his only professional win, was his OPBF title win over Toshiaki Suzuki.
-The second ever OPBF champion, Gary Hubble, scored a win over a fighter with the ring name "I M Gentle".
-Boxrec lists Gary Hubble was also the first ever 2-time champion, having lost the title to Chong Pal Park. This bout isn't recognised by a number of other sources, and it appears this bout wasn't actually a title bout.
-If we consider boxrec as being right (see above) then Chong Pal Park was the first man to hold the title and go on to win a world title. If they are wrong then the first was actually Jeff Harding.
-Wang Sub Lee holds the record for the most defenses of the title, with 5.
-Hisashi Teraji, the father of current world champion Kenshiro Teraji, was the first Japanese fighter to win the title. Interestingly he has the second most defenses, 4.
-Jeff Harding isn't the only Aussie to win the OPBF belt before going on to win a world title. That was feat was also achieved by Paul Briggs.
-There have been 18 (or 20, depending on the Chong Pal Park situation) champions, with 10 (or 12) reigns lacking a single successful defenses.
-The first 3 title bouts were in Seoul
-The title has only had 41 bouts for it, that's not much more than 1 a year!
-The bout was inactive from January 2013, when Togasilimai Letoa vacated the title, to February 2017. It was almost 5 years between Togasilimai Letoa winning the title, in March 2012, to February 2017.
Thinking Out East
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