That man is Mincha Lin, also known as “Rocky Lin”, who was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, though really made his name in Tokyo where he was a main stay in the Minimumweight division for a around a decade.
Born, as mentioned, in Taiwan Lin recorded an impressive amateur record of 58 wins in 63 contests, with 30KO's. He not only competed domestically but also internationally, winning the 1986 and 1987 Oceanian Championships and competing at the 1986 World amateur Championships as well as fighting at the Tammer Tournament, in Tampere, Finland, twice.
His amateur credentials had seen him impress Japanese boxing scouts, who let him train with Japanese amateur star Mamoru Kuroiwa, who had been to the 1984 Olympics and and would subsequently go to the 1988 Olympics. Rather than stay amateur and chase him own Olympic dreams Lin would turn professional in early 1988 and over-come Hisashi Nakatomi with a 6 round decision on his debut.
Having been such a good amateur there was no need for Lin's team to hold him back and in just his third bout he went up against former Japanese and OPBF title challenger Norikazu Kawana in a 10 round bout. Lin was pushed hard by the under-rated Kawana but came out on top and continued to move through the Japanese rankings.
In 1990, less than 2 years after his debut, Lin got his first title bout, a Japanese title bout against former champion Tasuo Yogi. Lin, entering the bout 6-0 (1), surprisingly stopped Yogi inside a round, giving Yogi his first stoppage defeat in 17 bouts.
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As the Japanese champion Lin was a busy fighter, defending the title 7 times in 21 months. He wasn't facing huge names but retained his title with wins over former world title challenger Katsumi Komiyama, future world title challenger Yuichi Hosono and future Japanese champion Shinichi Tamaki.
Having advanced his record to 14-0 (3) Lin then got a chance to have his name in the history books as he became the first Taiwanese fighter to fight in a world title bout. Unfortunately for Lin however he was up against the then WBC Minimumweight champion Ricardo Lopez, one of the sports all time greats, At the time Lopez was 31-0 (22), and regarded as one of the best fighters on the planet despite being a "little guy", with power, speed and incredible skills. Lopez's power and class told and in round 2 Lopez moved through the gears and landed a left hook that left Lin flat on his back for the count.
Lin took almost a year out of the ring following the loss to Lopez, before returning to stop Ken Moriyama inside a round. The win started a 5-fight stoppage run for Lin who seemed to come back with bad intentions on his shots and a really aggressive mentality in the ring. That 5 fight stoppage run saw him over-come future world title challenger Ernesto Rubillar and former world champion Rafael Torres.
Although the stoppage run stopped after 5 fights Lins winning run would continue for another 7 fights. During that run he beat Jerry Pahayahay, who would be the first man to beat Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, twice in fact, 2-weight Japanese champion Keisuke Yokoyama and he also took part in his only bout in Taiwan, stopping Rodolfo Guilos.
Having advanced to 26-1 (11) Lin would get his second shot at a world title, facing off against Thailand's Wandee Singwancha for the “interim” WBC Minimumweight title. Sadly for Lin he would lose a barrow decision to the the 18 year old Wandee, and then retire, rather than go on too long.
At the point of his retirement he was 31 years old and had a record of 26-2 (11).
Following his retirement in 1998 Lin returned to Taiwan where he has become a boxing trainer, trying to help find the next “Hero of Taiwan”, he hasn't yet unearthed a champion in the making but his place in boxing history is secure and he does seem to be expanding the sport at home with Taiwanese press running a notable story on him back in 2014, talking about his success as a trainer.