On October 22, was the Birthday of the first professional World Champion from former USSR. Also, their Birthdays could celebrate two Olympic Champions.

Yuri Arbachakov was born 1966 in Ust'-Kizes, Russia. In 1989, Yuri reaches his amateur highlights, becoming European and World Champion at flyweight (51 Kilo) in Gothenburg and Moscow, beating former World Champion, Maurizio Reyes of Cuba. In 1990, as one of the first from the Soviet-block, Arbachakov turns pro in Japan, where in his only 13-th fight he becames the WBC champion of the world, in Tokyo knocking out in 8-th, The Thai Muangchai Kittikasem. Arbachakov becomes the first ever former-USSR republic's professional World Champion and also is treated as the national hero in Japan, because he looks Asian, are married with Japanese girl and fluently speaks Japanese. Yuri defended his title for nine times, before lost it to Chatchai Sasakul of Thailand on points, in November 1997. After the defeat Arbachakov has retired. Today, Yuri Arbachakov is returned to Russia and celebrates his 48-th Birthday!

Jean Despeaux was born 1915 in Paris. Despeaux became the Olympic Champion at the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936, at middleweight, in the finals beating Henry Tiller of Norway. In professionals Despeaux became French champion. Jean Despeaux pasted away in 1989 at the age of 73, on this year's October 22 he would celebrate his 99-th Birthday!

Anton Josipovic was born 1961 in Banja Luka, Bosnia & Hercegovina, former Yugoslavia. Josipovic has the Croatian descent. He became the Olympic Champion in Los Angeles 1984, at light-heavy (81 Kilo). The favorite of light-heavyweight division was Evander Holyfield, but he was disqualified in semies, so Josipovic became the champion without a final bout. At the pros, Josipovic doesn't reach a high results. Today he lives in Croatia and celebrates his 53-rd Birthday!

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