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 Hozumi Hasegawa and.... Hiroyuki Ebihara, connecting 2 legends of Japanese boxing!
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 fantastic Hozumi Hasegawa made his debut on November 22nd 1999 at the Chicken George in Kobe. The same show also played host to the professional debut of Yuki Nonaka.
2-Despite his later career success Yuki Nonaka lost 3 of his first 5 bouts, with the final one of those losses coming to Taisei Marumoto in April 2001.
3-Although Taisei Marumoto is some what known in Japan for his professional boxing career he is now actually a promoter and one of his most notable charges is youngster Riku Kano.
4-In 2016 a then 18 year old Riku Kano faced off with Katsunari Takayama for the then vacant WBO Minimumweight world title. Kano would lose by technical decision to Takayama in an attempt to set a Japanese record for the youngster world champion, trying to beat a record held by Hiroki Ioka.
5-The talented Hiroki Ioka was the final world champion trained by the revered Eddie Townsend, who is still one of the most famous and highly regarded trainers in Japanese boxing history and actually has an award named after him for the Japanese trainer of the Year.
6-During his long and storied career as a boxing trainer Eddie Townsend trained 6 world champions, one of those was the legendary Hiroyuki Ebihara, who held the WBA and WBC Flyweight titles.
(Images courtesy of http://jpba.gr.jp)
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).