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 champions Muhammad Rachman and Gerry Penalosa.
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-Indonesian fighter Muhammad Rachman might not be one of the all time great names from the sport, but he is a legitimate legend of the little men. He is a 2-time Minimumweight world champion and holds the record for the oldest man to win a title in the division, winning the WBA belt in 2011 at the age of 39. We won't look at his second title win however, and instead we're going to focus on his IBF title win in 2004 when he beat Daniel Reyes.
2-Daniel Reyes, a Colombian puncher from Cartagena, was one of the more heavy handed Minmumweights, scoring 30 stoppages in his 40 wins. He started his career in 1996 and fought right through to 2009, when he lost to Cesar Seda in 2 rounds.
3-Puerto Rican fighter Cesar Seda never managed to win a world title, but did fight for one a in two different bouts. In 2013 he lost to Leo Santa Cruz, at Super Bantamweight, and prior to that he had lost to Omar Andres Narvaez, for the WBO Super Flyweight title in 2011.
4-Omar Andres Narvaez had run up over 10 defenses of the WBO Super Flyweight title by December 2014, when he travelled to face the then 7-0 (6) Naoya Inoue. Inoue completely decimated Narvaez, stopping him in 2 rounds to announcing himself as a major player at Super Flyweight, and become a 2-weight world champion.
5-Naoya Inoue is a fighter has been managed, since the start of his career, by the Ohashi Gym and Hideyuki Ohashi. That is the same gym that also lead Katsushigue Kawashima to the WBC Super Flyweight world title.
6-Whilst the WBC Super Flyweight title was the only world title that Katsuhige Kawashima would hold it was actually one of two world titles that Gerry Penalosa won! Penalosa would hold the title before Katsushige Kawashima, incidentally winning it from Hiroshi Kawashima, before later winning the WBO Bantamweight title!
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).