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 popular Hong Kong warrior Rex Tso to...former Korean world champion Chan Young Park.
Just as ground rules, we're not doing the more basic "A beat B who beat C who beat D" type of thing, but instead we want to link fighters in different ways. As a result we will limit A fought B connections, and try to get more varied connections together, as you'll see here! We also know there are often shorter routes to connect fighters, but that's not always the most interesting way to connect them.
1-The all action Rex Tso was a major star in Hong Kong and one of the most exciting men in boxing with regular Fight of the Year contenders. Those who saw his wars with Ryuto Maekawa, Hirofumi Mukai and Kohei Kono will fondly remember them. Interestingly Tso actually shares his birthday with Baishanbo Nasiyiwula, with both men blowing out their candles on July 15th.
2-In December 2016 Baishanbo Nasiyiwula claimed the WBA International title at 140lbs, beating Leki Maka for the title. Baishanbo never actually defended the belt and it has been passed around a bit since he held it. Currently the belt belong to Uzbek amateur standout Shakhram Giyasov, who win the belt last April and has defended it once.
3-Whilst the WBA International 140lb title was Shakhram Giyasov's first title in the professional ranks he really was a former star in the amateur scene winning an Olmypic Silver medal in 2016 and World Amateur Championships gold medal the following year. Another man who won medals at those very same competitions is current world champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
4-The excellent Murodjon Akhmadaliev won world titles in his 8th bout earlier this year. Another man who won their first world title bout, in their 8th professional fight, was Japanese star Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, who stopped Greg Richardson for the WBC Bantamweight title in 1991.
5-We mentioned that Joichiro Tatsuyoshi won his first world title in 1991 but it's worth noting the venue where he won that bout the City Gymnasium in Moriguchi, had previously held 3 other world title fights, each of which featured Takuya Muguruma. Like Tatsuyoshi in 1991 Muguruma won his first world title there, back in 1987 when he stopped Azael Moran in 5 rounds to claim the previously vacant WBA Bantamweight title.
6-Sadly for Takuya Muguruma his reign was a short one, and he lost the WBA Bantamweight title less than 2 months after winning it, losing in 11 rounds to Korean fighter Chan Young Park.
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).