We've all heard of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and we've decided to put our spin on things with "Six degrees of separation" looking to connect Asian fighters you may never have assumed were connected! Today we connect third generation Filipino fighter Carlo Caesar Penalosa...and...Kanat Islam
1-Filipino fighter Carlo Caesar Penalosa has one of the most famous surnames in all of Filipino boxing. It might not quite be the royalty of "Elorde" but it's not far off and the third generation fighter is both blessed and cursed with his surname. Another fighter from the family is the legendary Gerry Penalosa, the uncle of Carlo Caesar Penalosa.
2-Although never a global mega star Gerry Penalosa really was a fantastic boxer, with one of the most technically sound styles and boxing brains out there. He wasn't blessed with freakish power, insane speed or massive size, but he was a perfectly rounded boxer who had the skill set that allowed him to fight for more than 20 years as a professional. On the same card as Penalosa's debut was a then 1-0 Andy Tabanas.
3-Almost forgotten now a days Andy Tabanas was actually a 4 time world title challenger during his career. The Filipino, who ran up a solid looking 40-5-2 (24) record was a very solid contender through much of the 1990's and actually saw almost a decade split his first world title fight and his final one. One of his world title losses came to Mexican legend Ricardo Lopez.
4-Regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time Ricardo Lopez went unbeaten in his 52 fight career. Not only did he go unbeaten but he did saw whilst picking up 3 world title fights at Minimumweight and a Light Flyweight title. In fact by the time his career ended he had claimed a WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF title. He also ended up scoring 10 wins over fighters who, at some point, held a world title. Notably his first world title win came at Korakuen Hall on October 25th 1990, when he beat Hideyuki Ohashi with a 5th round TKO.
5-"TKO5" has been the result in 9 WBC Minimumweight title bouts. Lopez scored 3 of those, and became the first man to win the title with that result. Since then it has changed hands twice more by that method. The first man to do it after Lopez was Japan's Kazuto Ioka, incidentally Ioka's uncle was Hiroki Ioka who had long been seen as Hideyuki Ohashi's main rival despite the fact the two men never fought. This was Kazuto Ioka's first title, just like it had been Lopez's first title, in what is a rather odd extra coincidence.
6-Kazuto Ioka won a bronze medal at the 2008 King's Cup, losing in the semi final to Amnat Ruenroeng. Another medal winner at the same tournament was Hanati Silamu, who competed for China. Silamu is also known as Kanat Islam, who is currently a fringe contender at 154lbs.
Thinking Out East
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