Over the last few years the Japanese boxing scene has witnessed an incredible rise through the ranks by the "KO Dream Boy" Kosei Tanaka, who has gone on to become the star of the Chubu region of Japan. He's had a number of fights shown internationally through streams with CBC and has become one of the most notable figures in Japan boxing. Today we take you on a journey in our latest Six Degrees of Separation, starting with Tanaka and ending with Chartchai Chionoi.
1-Kosei Tanaka fights out of the gym lead by former WBC Super Bantamweight world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, the man who had been the face of boxing in Nagoya in the late 1980's and early 1990's.
2-Although Kiyoshi Hatanaka wasn't the most successful fighter of his era he certainly had a good local following and was regularly in great fights, thanks to his engine and toughness. Hatanaka's young son Kento Hatanaka is currently carving out a respectable career of his own, despite still being in the shadows of his father.
3-Another youngster stuck in the shadow of his father is Juiki Tatsuyoshi, who's father was more of a national star than Kento's father. Juiki's father Joichiro Tatsuyoshi was regarded as one of the most exciting fighters of his era and the most popular in Japan, by some margin, due to his enigmatic personality and his thrilling, in ring style which lead him to 2 reigns as the WBC Bantamweight champion.
4-Another WBC Bantamweight champion was the legendary Fighting Harada, who defeated Eder Jofre for the belt. Harada's significance to Japanese boxing is legendary and he is generally regarded as Japan's greatest ever boxer, and one of the finest fighters the lower weights have ever seen.
5-During his long and successful career Fighting Harada was only beaten by 1 Asian fight, Pone Kingpetch. Kingpetch was the first ever Thai world champion, and became a 2-time champion by beating Harada in 1963, before finally becoming a 3-time champion in 1964.
6-Thailand hasn't had many 3-time world champions. One was Kingpetch and another was Chartchai Chionoi, who, like Kingpetch, had 3 reigns at Flyweight taking the WBC belt from Walter McGowan in 1966 for his first reign, reclaiming it from Efren Torres in 1970 and then beating Fritz Chervet for the then vacant WBA title in 1973.
Thinking Out East
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