1996-08-26 Yuri Arbachakov w rsc 9 Takato Tokuchi, Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBC

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1996-08-26 Yuri Arbachakov w rsc 9 Takato Toguchi, Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBC. Referee: Nobuaki Uratani. Despite putting up a brave show, the challenging Toguchi (112) was decked twice before being rescued by the referee after 1.29 of round nine had elapsed following an Arbachakov (112) assault that left him defenceless.

With Arbachakov sidelined with a broken wrist, Chatchai Sasakul outpointed Ysaias Zamudio on points over 12 rounds at the Prince Palace Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on 9 May 1997 to win the WBC ‘interim’ title. Then, on 1 August 1997, with Arbachakov still not available, Sasakul forced Juan Domingo Cordoba to retire inside seven rounds at the Prince Palace Hotel to successfully defend the ‘interim’ crown and earn himself a crack at the champion.