We all like a bit of randomness in our lives and today we give you, our readers, something a bit random, with 10 random facts.
1-In his 40 fight professional career Nobuhiro Ishida only twice scored an opening round win. The first of those didn't come until his 31st bout, when he famously stopped James Kirkland. This was the first loss of Kirkland's career and Ishida's first bout on US soil. His only other opening round stoppage came in his very next bout, when he stopped novice Edson Espinoza in Mexico.
2-Japan's Keiichi Ozaki (19-17-2, 2) holds a very odd distinction of having TWICE won tie breaker rounds in tournaments. The first of those was officially a 6 round draw against Seiji Asakawa in 1988, with Ozaki winning the tie breaker round to, and the second came in 1990 against Kazuhiro Ogasawara, with the bout officially ending in an 8 round draw, with Ozaki winning the tie breaker round. Given how rare tie break rounds are we think Ozaki may well have the distinction of being the only fighter to have won two of them. Incidentally both bouts are officially recorded as draws, his only two professional draws.
3-At the time of writing no Filipino boxer has ever won an Olympic gold medal, though they do have 5 medals, with 2 silvers and 3 bronze. The first of those medals was won in 1932 by José Villanueva, who took bronze at Bantamweight. It was 32 years later until the next Filipino Olympic boxing medal winner, Anthony Villanueva, won a silver medal. José and Anthony were father and son! Rather oddly their latest medal was won 32 years after Anthony's medal.
4-The first ever world title bout at Minimumweight was an IBF title bout! That bout came on June 14th 1987 and saw Kyung Yung Lee defeat Masaharu Kawakami for the inaugural title. The very same title was also the last world title to be defended over 15 rounds, with that happening in the August 1988 bout between Samuth Sithnaruepol and In Kyu Hwang. Strangely Samuth's win over In Kyu Hwang was just the title's third ever bout!
5-Japan's Yoichiro Hanada, a boxer who's career spanned from 1933 to 1952, recorded a single stoppage win in 160 bouts. It's worth noting that he wasn't a career loser, in fact he had a record of 93-37-28 (1). We believe, this is the most fights a fighter has won to record just a single stoppage. Although he only scored a stoppage in 0.63% of his career fights it should be noted that he did, apparently, fight with a handicap. Japanese sites report that he was missing a finger!
6-Rather oddly 3 of the first 4 Japanese world champions were trained by American trainers. Alvin Robert Cahn trained Yoshio Shirai, whilst Eddie Townsend trained Takeshi Fuji* and Hiroyuki Ebihara. The one Japanese fighter from this early era who wasn't an American trained but still won a world title was the legendary Fighting Harada.
7-Not all top Uzbek amateur standouts turn out to be professional standouts. The country's first boxer to win an Olympic medal, under the Uzbek flag, was Karim Tulaganov, who won bronze in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He went 1-4 as a professional, turning pro in 1999 and having his final bout in 2002. It should be noted that before 1996 as either part of the Russian Empire, Soviet Unitied or the Unified Team. Their athletes didn't compete as "Uzbekistan" until 1996. Tulaganov was the countries second ever medal winner, come soon after Armen Bagdasarov, who won silver in Judo.
8-Former Thai amateur stand out Worapoj Petchkoom, who won an Olympic silver medal in 2004 and was a 2-time Asian Games medal winner, was banned in 2009 for posting for photos in a gay lifestyle magazine. After the incident the fighter claimed he didn't know what the magazine was and stated that he wasn't gay.
9-A Filipino fighter called King Tut, who fought in the 1940's and 50's, fought the wonderfully named pairing of Kid Independence and Young Liberty. Rather interestingly the King beat both men!
10-On June 28th 2005 a show in Pyongyang, North Korea, saw a trio of North Korean women being crowned WBC world champions! These were Myung Ok Ryu, Eun Soon Choi and Kwang Ok Kim. Ryu won the female Super Flyweight title, Choi the female Light Flyweight title and Kim won the Female Bantamweight title.
*Although Fuji was born in Hawaii he is recognised by the JPBA as a Japanese world champion and counted here.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).