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 Thai world champions Khaosai Galaxy and Chartchai Chionoi...but probably not in the way you'd expect!
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-Thai Super Flyweight great Sohla Saenghom, better known as Khaosai Galaxy is often regarded as one of the hardest hitting fighter the Super Flyweight division has ever seen. He was unfortunate to come in a relatively weak era of the then rather new Super Flyweight division but his power cannot be questioned and his lengthy reign as the WBA champion was impressive, and destructive. In many ways the one thing he missed was an elite nemesis to really let us see how good he actually was. During his career he only fought outside of Thailand a handful of times, one of those bouts saw him beating Ellyas Pical at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
2-Whilst the Bung Karno stadium will never go down in the annals of history as one of the sports most notable venues, and is certainly not on par with Madison Square Garden for example, it did play host for several notable fighters. In 1973 one of those fighters was the legendary Muhmmad Ali, who beat Rudi Lubber there in a 12 round fight.
3-Muhammad Ali, was one of the few fighters who proved his was a global star, showing his excellence all around the world. Not only did he fight in Jakarta, but he also famously fought in places like Kinshasa, Toronto, London, Manila and Kuala Lumpur. Whilst the Thrilla in Manila is his most famous Asian bout, it's worth noting that he did fight in Tokyo, when he beat Mac Foster at the Nippon Budokan.
4-The first ever world title fight at the Nippon Budokan saw the legendary Fighting Harada defeat Alan Rudkin to retain the undisputed Bantamweight throne in 1965, in what was Harada's first defense of the Bantamweight titles after beating the legendary Edder Jofre.
5-Whilst the brilliant Fighting Harada beat Alan Rudkin it wasn't the only time Rudkin faced an Asian fighter, in fact less than 16 months after Harada had beaten Rudkin the Brit would stop Kiichi Tsuganezawa. In 1983 Rudkin would take another win over an Asian fighter, as he took a narrow decision over little known Thai foe Pornchai Poprai-ngam.
6-Although Pornchai Poprai-ngam is not a name we expect many fans to be too familiar with the Thai had a really odd career. In his 19 fights that are on boxrec Pornchai only actually fought in Thailand twice, and the other 17 bouts were really all over the place, and ranged form Mexico to the UK and the US to Guam. During his career he fought several notable fighters, not just Rudkin but also the likes of Efren Torres, Chucho Castillo, Ruben Oliveras and Chartchai Chionoi, who stopped Pornchai in 1996, in Pornchai's final recorded bout in Thailand!
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).