Having recently passed 6,000 twitter followers, we've decided to try and do some special one off articles as a thank you to everyone for the last few years of following us, helping us and being part of why we continue to do this.
With that in mind we've decided to collate 10 of our favourite facts from our lengthy weekly series "10 facts you probably didn't know about..." as one of those special one offs. All these facts have come from articles through the series.
1-Naoya Inoue's debut was the first time that a Japanese teenager had debuted in an A class bout, over 8 rounds, and he was the first Japanese fighter, of any age, to debut in an A Class bout so since Takeyuki Akagi had done it in 1987. This also made him only the 7th Japanese fighter to debut in such a bout.
2-Surprisingly Hozumi Hasegawa failed in his first pro-test bout, due to poor physical condition.
3-Ki Soo Kim's professional debut saw him take a 10 round decision over Sae Chul Kang, in fact Kim's first 2 wins were over Kang. What makes this note worthy is that Kang was the Oriental (OBF, which has now become the OPBF) Champion at Light Middleweight
4-Myung Woo Yuh began boxing at the Han River Middle School, in his first year there. As an amateur he reportedly went 1-3, whilst fighting at 45KG's. Due to his style not fitting the amateurs very well he turned professional aged just 18.
5-Guts Ishimatsu is well known for his love of Banana's with the fruit said to be placed all around his house so he can eat them at any time. His relationship with banana's has seen him co-authoring a book with his daughter about banana recipes. Together he and his daughter won the "First Banana Award" and took part in Banana day.
6-In December 1998 Puma Toguchi was pencilled in to fight the then WBA Super Flyweight champion Satoshi Iida. That fight was cancelled when Toguchi had a suspected stroke. It later turned out that he had been misdiagnosed, and it took a lengthy time for him to return to the ring. In his return he was stopped by domestic journeyman Motonari Kashima, in what would be the final bout for both men.
7-There was a plan for Yo Sam Choi to defend his WBC Light Flyweight in December 2000 and in Pyongyang, in what was supposed to be a rematch with Saman Sorjaturong. The venue had been selected, as the Pyongyang Indoor Gymnasium but the event fell through when the broadcaster pulled out, with some Korean sources also reporting that the promoter of the event, had passed away.
8--Johnriel Casimero's first international title was the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight. In his first defense he stopped Ardin Diale, becoming the first man to stop Diale. That bout was however over-shadowed by a bizarre incident on the card when former world champion Ratanachai Sor Vorapin kicked Ramie Laput and suffered a DQ loss. This was Ratanachai's 86th bout, and his only career DQ loss.
9-The Uzbek press once ran a story that Ruslan Chagaev was having an affair with Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the then President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.
10-Yuri Arbachakov is pictured on the album cover of Sharan Q's debut album "Explosion! Hennachoko Punch". Those with eagle eyes will spot Yuri is wearing a WBA title in the image, that belt is borrowed from Katsuya Onizuka, as Yuri's own WBC title hadn't arrived by the time of the photo shoot. This album cover can be seen below.
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).