Mongolian fighter Lkhagva Dugarbaatar, better known as Lakva Sim, is someone we don't expect everyone to be familiar with but he's a very significant fighter in Asian history. He was not only the first Mongolian world champion but, as of February 9th 2020, he is still the only Mongolian world champion.
Whilst those who do know about Sim will know he's a 2-weight world champion, who won the WBA Super Featherweight and WBA Lightweight titles in 1999 and 2004 respectively, there is a lot about Sim that has gone under the radar. With that said Sim has been one of the most requested fighters to be featured in our "10 facts you probably didn't know about..." series. So here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Lakva Sim
1-Sim was one of 4 siblings. He had 2 brothers and a sister and lived with his mother, an office worker, in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.
2-Sim's amateur record was a reported 142-14 (119), and began boxing at the age of 14
3-On his professional debut Sim won the PABA Lightweight title and in his second pro bout he won the PABA Super Featherweight title, which he defended 3 times. His second defense of PABA Super Featherweight title saw him overcoming former world title challenger Noree Jockygym
4-According to the Korean press Sim got a purse of around $200,000 to defend the WBA Super Featherweight title against Jong Kwon Baek. The press also reported that Baek got $30,000 to challenge Sim. Korean papers also reported that losing this fight Sim sat in the ring in protest for around 10 minutes, in disgust at what was regarded, even by the Korean's as a controversial and "unlucky" decision.
5-Interestingly after losing to Baek, Sim held a press conference to announce that he would rematch Baek "within 90 days". For whatever reason that rematch never actually took place, despite both Sim and Baek fighting on the same card, on January 30th 2000, was pretty much 90 days from the press conference.
6-In 2001 he was promoted by Japanese gym Yokohama Sakura Boxing Gym, and fought under a different ring name, Lakva Kenshi. Interestingly he had transferred to the Yokohama Sakura gym from a Korean gym.
7-In his 26 fight career Sim was a proper road warrior. He fought just twice in Mongolia, whilst also fighting in Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Japan and the USA.
8-Despite being regarded as a big puncher Sim never scored an opening round T/KO. He had 5 in round 2; 3 in round 3; 2 in round 4; 2 in round 5; 4 in round 6; and 1 in each of round 7 and 12.
9-He is friends with Mongolian sumo wrestler Kyokushūzan Noboru, who is now a politician in Mongolia
10-According to Mongolian newspapers Sim has been arrested multiple times for gambling. With arrests in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Interestingly the 2015 arrested also saw one of the people he was gambling with being found with narcotics. The 2012 arrest saw Sim being sentenced to a year in prison by the Khan-Uul District Court
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 Mongolian world champion Lakva Sim with 2-time Japanese world champion Jiro Watanabe.
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-Mongolian fighter Lakva Sim is the only world champion to come from the Land of the Eternal Blue Sky. First won a world title in June 1996 when he stopped popular Japanese fighter Takanori Hatakeyama to claim the WBA Super Featherweight title.
2-Another fight won won their first world title in June 1996 was Vitali Klitschko, who won the WBO Heavyweight title a day before Sim won his belt. Klitschko would claim his title by stopping Herbie Hide in the second round before having a notable career in the ring and then becoming a notable politician. Although a successful fighter many regard him as the lesser of the two boxing Klitschko brothers.
3-The Klitschko's are certainly not the other pair of boxing brothers to leave an impact on the sport. Some other notable boxing brothers are the Kameda brothers, with all 3 Kameda's winning world titles during their careers. The Kameda brothers were, of course, Koki, Daiki and Tomoki and were a hugely controversial trio, with their father Shiro Kameda also being a decisive figure in the sport.
4-The Kameda brothers might have been the most successful trio of brothers in Japanese boxing but they were certainly not unbeatable. The first loss any of the trio suffered came in October 2007, when Daisuke Naito defeated Daiki Kameda in a foul filled bout at the Ariake Colosseum.
5-In the first recorded show at the Ariake Colosseum fans saw Katsuya Onizuka defended the WBA Super Flyweight title, with a decision win against Armando Castro to record his second successful defense.
6-Katsuya Onizuka's reign as the WBA Super Flyweight champion saw him making 5 defenses of the belt. Notably he was only the second Japanese fighter to hold the title. The first was Jiro Watanabe! Watanabe didn't just beat Onizuka in terms of being the first but also in number of defenses, with the controversial Watanabe recording 6 defenses of the belt.
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