Last week we looked at the PABA Heavyweight title, as part of this series, and we took the piss a little bit by poking fun at how rarely it's been held by Asian fighters and how it has seemingly been fought for all over the globe. In the interest of fairness we only felt it apt to look at the OPBF Heavyweight title, and see how that compared with the PABA belt as give you "Did you know.... the OPBF Heavyweight title".
-The first ever OPBF Heavyweight champion was Tongan Maile Haumona, who won the title in November 1982. Going into that title bout Haumona had a reported record of 11-12-1 (9). Haumona would only win bout after his title win and retire 13-18-1 (11)
-Haumona won the title by stopping a Samoan fighter with an amazing name, Prince Larry Tattoo. Tattoo bizarrely never saw the final round of any bout he was in, going 3-4-1 (3), with his draw coming from a technical draw!
-The second champion, Steve Aczel, was born in Hungary whilst the third champion and fourth champions Dave Russell and Dean Waters, were both from the UK.
-None of the first 7 champions managed to score a successful defense.
-The first champion to record a successful defense was Jimmy Thunder.
Rather interestingly his defense was in Fiji, and only the second outside of Australia.
-Toakipa Tasefa beat Justin Fortune for the vacant title in Japan, in what was the bout's first contest in Asia, rather than the Pacific region. Interestingly Fortune lost the PABA title due to this loss, though the belt wasn't on the line
-Colin Wilson was the first 2-time champion
-There has only been one draw in a title bout, that was the 1995 bout between James Grima and Bob Mirovic
-At the time off writing the title has been featured in 41 bouts, of which 18 have taken place in Australia and 18 have taken place in Japan. The other countries to host title bouts are New Zealand (4) and Fiji (1).
-With 9 title bouts Koarakuan Hall holds the record for the most title bouts held.
-The most defenses of the title is 9, by Okello Peter, who held the title from March 2001 to September 2006. This gives the big Japanese based Ugandan the most defenses and the longest reign, in terms of time.
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).