When people think of Taiwan they certainly don't think of boxing, in fact Taiwan is likely more associated with cheap labour and the phrase “made in Taiwan”, which seemed to be on the labels of everything at one point. There is however one notable fighter from the country, who made his name in the 1980's and 1990's and is now looking to help build the sport in the country.
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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