November 1976-Changchung Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Royal Kobayashi (21-2, 18) vs Dong Kyun Yum (46-2-6, 20)
In 1976 Royal Kobayashi [ロイヤル小林], the then WBC Super Bantamweight champion travelled over to Korea to make his first defense, taking on local veteran Dong Kyun Yum [염동균].
Sadly this is a very incomplete version of the fight, with only a round of footage, but given the quality and rareness of the bout we felt it was worthy of inclusion.
January 19th 1978-Municipal Gymnasium, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
Royal Kobayashi (24-3, 21) Vs Wilfredo Gomez (17-0-1, 17)
After a short reign as the WBC Super Bantamweight champion in 1976 and 1977 Royal Kobayashi [ロイヤル小林] tried to reclaim the title, as he took on huge punching Puerto Rican Wilfredo Gomez
October 18th 1981-Munhwa Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Royal Kobayashi (35-7, 27) vs Jung Han Hwang (3-0, 2)
In 1981 former world champion Royal Kobayashi travelled to Seoul to defend the OPBF Featherweight title against novice Korean professional Jung Han Hwang
Through much of the 1970's Royal Kobayashi was a staple on the world title scene and actually held the WBC Super Bantamweight title, at least for a while. Unfortunately for Kobayashi his first memory of fighting at world level painful, to say the last.
It was painful because Kobasyhi, a very competent fighter, met Alexis Arguello, a very special fighter. And was battered. And we mean battered. As Arguello lived up to his reputation as fearsome puncher and almost broke Kobayashi in half with some vicious and sickening body shots. This was just Arguello going about business but he was good at business and we can see how he has rubbed off on current Nicaraguan star Roman Gonzalez, a fighter who is regularly in action in Japan doing similar destruction jobs on Japanese fighters.
(Video courtesy of BoxTv)
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