April 22nd 1981-Changchung Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Chul Ho Kim (15-1-1, 6) vs Jiro Watanabe (10-0, 7)
In January 1981 Chul Ho Kim [김철호] won the WBC Super Flyweight title, just a few months later he looked to make his first defense as he took on Japanese challenger Jiro Watanabe [渡辺二郎]
April 8th 1982-Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Jiro Watanabe (14-1, 10) vs Rafael Pedroza (19-7-1, 15)
In 1982 Japanese brute Jiro Watanabe challenged the then WBA Super Flyweight champion Rafael Pedroza, who was making his first title defense.
November 11th 1982-City Gymnasium, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Jiro Watanabe (16-1, 11) vs Shoji Oguma (38-9-1, 20)
In 1982 the controversial Jiro Watanabe claimed the WBA Super Flyweight title, defeating Rafael Pedroza. In his third defense he took on former 2-time champion Shoji Oguma.
November 29th 1984-Prefectural Gymnasium, Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
Jiro Watanabe (22-1, 14) v Payao Poontarat (10-2, 7)
In July 1984 Jiro Watanabe [渡辺二郎] defeated Payao Poontarat [พเยาว์ พูนธรัตน์] to claim the WBC Super Flyweight title with a hotly debated decision vicory. Later that same year the fighters had a rematch with both men out to make a statement.
July 5th 1984-Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Jiro Watanabe (21-1, 14) v Payao Poontarat (10-1, 7) I
Unification bouts are rare, we know that, but sometimes the bodies behind the titles made it even more difficult. That was clear in 1984 when Jiro Watanabe [渡辺二郎], the the WBA champion, was stripped of his title for attempting to unify with WBC champion Payao Poontarat [พเยาว์ พูนธรัตน์]. The WBA had ordered Watanabe to face Khaosai Galaxy, in a bout that sadly never truly happened (see Jiro Watanabe Vs Khaosai Galaxy), but instead the Japanese bad boy took part in this bout instead of doing what the WBA had ordered.
June 23rd 1983-Miyagi Sports Center, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Jiro Watanabe (18-1, 13) vs Roberto Ramirez (35-8-1, 20)
Not many fighters forced Jiro Watanabe [渡辺二郎] to go 15 rounds but in 1983 that's exactly what the gutsy Roberto Ramirez did, when Ramirez challenged the then WBA Super Flyweight champion.
July 29th 1982-Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Jiro Watanabe (15-1, 10) vs Gustavo Ballas (57-1-1, 21)
In 1982 Jiro Watanabe [渡辺二郎] claimed his first world title. In his first defense of that title Watanabe went up against former champion Gustavo Ballas.
March 15th 1984-Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Jiro Watanabe (20-1, 13) vs Celso Chavez (16-0-1, 14)
In his 6th defense of the WBA Super Flyweight title Jiro Watanabe [渡辺二郎] took on unbeaten puncher Celso Chavez from Panama. Coming in to this Chavez was unbeaten and had won 16 successive bouts following a draw on his debut.
October 6th 1983-Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Jiro Watanabe (19-1, 13) vs Soon-Chun Kwon (21-2-1, 14)
In 1983 the then WBA Super Flyweight champion Jiro Watanabe [渡辺二郎] took on Korean Soon-Chun Kwon [권순천] in what was Watanabe's 5th defense of the title. Kwon would later make a name for himself as a key Flyweight of the 1980's.
December 13th 1985-Municipal Stadium, Daegu, South Korea
Jiro Watanabe (25-1, 16) vs Suk-Hwan Yun (4-1, 2)
During a 28 fight career Japan's Jiro Watanabe [渡辺二郎] twice fought away from home, with both bouts taking place in Korea. The second of those bouts saw him take on Suk Hwan Yun [윤석환 ]
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