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 Kenji Yonekura to Ryoichi Taguchi.
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-One of the most famous Japanese promoters is Kenji Yonekura, a former Olympian who later went on to promoter a number of world champions. Prior to become a promoter, with the legendary Yonekura Gym, Yonekura had challenged Flyweight champion Pascual Perez, who eventually lost the Flyweight title to Pone Kingpetch.
2-The talented Pone Kingpetch lost the Flyweight crown thrice. The first of those reigns came when he lost to Japanese legend Fighting Harada, before later losing to Harada's close friend Hiroyuki Ebihara and Italian Salvatore Burruni.
3-Fighting Harada wasn't the only fighter in the family with his brother, Ushiwakamaru Harada, also being a decent fighter. Ushiwakamaru fought a number of notable opponents and actually scored a win over Soo Hwan Hong.
4-Korean fighter Soo Hwan Hong was the first ever WBA Super Bantamweight champion, pulling himself off the canvas 4 times to stop Hector Carrasquilla. In the first WBC Super Bantamweight title fight the loser was Waruinge Nakayama.
5-Waruinge Nakayama may have lost in his Super Bantamweight world title fight, losing to Rigoberto Riasco, but he did win the Japanese Super Bantamweight title beating Seiichi Eto in 1975. Nakayama made 4 defenses of the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, as did Hidenori Otake, who also came up short in his world title efforts.
6-Hidenori Otake competed in the 2007 East Japan Rookie of the Year. Otake actually lost to Manabu Koguchi, however one man who won on that show, which took place on November 4th 2007, was Ryoichi Taguchi!
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).