Another month is upon us and we get to share more of the wonderful, whacky, weird and unique names from the history of Asian Boxing. Today we bring you a fast Thai, a Korean who never won, a Japanese fighter who could have been a mascot for something and two peculiar Indonesian names!
Topspeed Sithyodmongkol (0-1)
Thai fighter Topspeed Sithyodmongkol has a super short career, in fact from what we could find his career lasted just 6 rounds, though his names lives on as one of the best we've come across in this series. His one, and only, bout came on September 16th 2005 when he lost a 6 round unanimous decision to Kularbdang Kiatkreerin. Sadly almost nothing is known about Topspeed, but with a name like that we hope he got into a career as a racer or runner after his short foray into professional boxing!
Mi Whan Kim (0-22)
It's rare to find a win-less Korean born fighter who fought their entire career in Europe but with Mi Whan Kim we have exactly that! Sadly not too much is known about Kim, despite the fact he fought 22 times between 1972 and 1979, but he did clash with former 2-time world champion Mando Ramos in 1974. We're not totally sure why, but "Mi Whan Kim" is very fun to say and he deserves his place in this series! Despite going 0-22 he managed to only suffer 9 stoppage losses, with one of those being a TKO2 loss to the aforementioned Ramos.
Astro Cheerioboy Maura (3-0, 1)
Japanese fighter Takaya Maura adopted the simply brilliant moniker of Astro Cheerioboy Maura, which we can't help but love. Amazingly Maura was actually a pretty solid fighter and fought between 2011 and 2012, running up a 3 fight unbeaten record before vanishing from the sport. Given he fought relatively recently it's worth noting that 2 of the men he beat are actually still fighting, with his wins over Takeshi Nakayama and Hiroki Yajima aging well as a result. It's a real shame that we didn't see what "Astro Cheerioboy" could really do in the sport. Given his name it's easy to imagine he's a mascot for some cereal or something.
Everyone who has followed this series over the last year or so will know we have a massive love for Indonesian fighters, who seem to have some of the most interesting names of any boxers. With that in mind let us bring you Pesky, an Indonesian who fought his sole recorded bout on October 1st 1939, which he lost in 6 rounds to Eddie Markx. Sadly not much is known or reported about "Pesky", though we do wonder how he acquired his moniker...
We'll finish this month's name article with another Indonesian from the 1930's, and another fight who's name leaves us with more questions than answers. This is "Mail", who debuted on October 144th 1939, losing in an 8 rounder to Joe Sam, despite having almost 7lbs weight advantage over Sam. We really can't think of any reason, at all, why an Indonesian fighter would be called "Mail" but the world of boxing can be a weird one at times and this is a clear example of just that! This is maybe even strange than "Pesky" if we're being honest.
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