So with no boxing looking likely for the next few weeks we've decided to put together another 10 random facts piece! We think this might be one of the most random so far!
If you've missed our previous facts along similar lines we've done 10 Random Facts! and 10 random facts about Asian World Champions who failed to win on debut!
1-Former female boxing great Momo Koseki used the "Pink Lady's" Song "Southpaw" as her ring walk music. For those thinking they want to listen to this....you really don't want, but you can in video at the end of the article.
2- The on screen graphic for Napa Kiatwanchai's first bout with Hiroki Ioka states that Napa was 23-1 (4), very different to the record of 6-0 (3) that everyone now agrees he had. Notably the bout was regarded as incredibly controversial as the bell went with around 30 seconds of the final round left, potentially saving Ioka from a stoppage loss, and resulted in a draw.
3- The Pokémon known in English as Hitmonchan is known as Ebiwalar in Japan, after Hiroyuki Ebihara, and Hongsoomon in South Korea after Soo Hwan Hong. Interestingly Hitmonchan is known as Tygnon in some European countries after Mike Tyson.
4-Guts Ishimatsu is the face of a Japanese car rental company called "Guts-rentacar". The logo for the company is also doing the famous "Guts Pose"
5-Just over a year after losing the WBC Flyweight title to Toshiyuki Igarashi in a very close bout Sonny Boy Jaro was upset by a Gerpaul Valero. At the time Valero was 14-14-3 but had, some how, gone 13-1 in his 14 bouts before facing Jaro...talk about a career turn around!
6-Roel Velasco and Mansueto Velasco are Filipino boxing brothers who both won medals at the Olympics! Roel won bronze at the 1992 Olympics and Mansueto won silver 4 years later. Interestingly both men won their medals in the Light Flyweight division.
7-Rather impressively 3 of the 4 men who picked up a medal in the Light Flyweight division (49KG's) of 2010 Asian Games went on to win professional world titles! These were Zou Shiming, who won gold, Amnat Ruenroeng and Vic Saludar, who both won bronze. The only medal winner not to win a professional world title was Birzhan Zhakypov who never turned professional.
8-The first 4 IBF Flyweight champions were all South Korean...in fact 5 of the first 6 were. Since the 1980's however no Korean has held the title and the Philippines has now tied South Korea with 5 holders of the title.
9-Korean fighter Soo Hwan Hong, a 2-weight world champion book ended his career with draws! In 1969 debut the then 18 year old drew with Sang Il Kim and in his final bout, in 1980, he drew with Dong Kyun Yum, himself a former world champion.
10-The record for the most defenses of an OPBF Female title stands at 4. That record was set by Naoko Yamaguchi in 2011, when she recorded her final defense of the OPBF female Super Flyweight title. Rather interestingly all 4 challenges were Thai novices, and all 4 were stopped, in a combined 12 rounds!
This is just an opinion, maaaan! It's easy to share our opinions, and that's what you'll find here, some random opinion pieces