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 former world champion Takashi Miura to former world title challenger Fel Clemente.
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-Former WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura was one of the most exciting fighters of his era, with a host of thrilling bouts under his belt. Interestingly he wasn't the only fighter with the name "Takashi Miura", in fact for several years of his career he was one of two Japanese Super Featherweights who share the same name. Yes there was another Takashi Miura.
2-The "other" Takashi Miura made his debut on March 1st 2003, on a show in Osaka. That same show also featured Nobuhiro Ishida, who stopped Moechrody in 5 rounds.
3-During his long and successful career Nobuhiro Ishida did a number of things. Of course he's best known for his win over James Kirkland but he scored other noteworthy wins and on a number of titles during his 40 fight career. The first of those titles was the OPBF Light Middleweight title, which he won in 2001.
4-The OPBF Light Middleweight title has been held by some great fighters over the years. These include former world champions Tadashi Mihara, Daniel Geale In Chul Baek.
5-The monstrously hard hitting In Chul Baek had a lengthy reign with the OPBF Light Middleweight title but is best known, especially internationally, for winning the WBA Super Middleweight title. That's something he did in 1989, when he stopped Fulgencio Obelmejias, before defending the title twice. On May 9th 1980 Baek made his debut, fighting on a card that also featured Seung Hoon Lee, Sung Jun Kim, Pil Koo Lee and Erning Grafe.
6-Erning Grafe was a Filipino journeyman who fought in the 1970's and early 1980's. His career wasn't a long one, but he did fight some fairly notable opponent, including world title challenger Sa Wang Kim, Chung Il Choi and the always under-rated Fel Clemente. Although not too well known Clemtne was a perpetual banana skin of a fighter and went the istance with the likes of Salvador Sanchez and Ruben Castillo, and was controversially DQ'd against Danny Lopez in a WBA Featherweight title fight.
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).