We continue looking over a bunch of titles during this series as we look at the OPBF Middleweight title, as we bring you "Did you know...the OPBF Middleweight title".
-The inaugural title fight saw Hachiro Tatsumi defeat Tony Aldeguer. Amazingly the men had a staggering different in experience, if we take Boxrec's records as being complete. It was Tatsumi's 75th bout and Aldeguer's 5th. This bout was when the title was still known as the OBF title.
-We mentioned the difference in experience between Tatsumi and Aldeguer a moment ago. If we accept boxrec's records as complete, which they admit they aren't, then Tatsumi's title bout against Sema Klasuk has an even crazier gulf in experience. It was Tatsumi's 84th bout...and Klasuk's debut! On a similar note Tatsumi, who was then 63-21-5 (19) lost the title in 1957 to the then 1-0 (1) Daothong Singhpallop...who had fought just 3 recorded rounds before beating Tatsumi.
-Hachiro Tatsumi is not only the first OPBF Middleweight champion but is also one of two 3-time champion. Sadly though his 3 combined reigns only saw him making 2 successful defenses. He also managed to unify the OPBF and Japanese titles in the 1950's!
-The only other 3-time champion, for those who are curios, is Fumio Kaizu who managed 6 defenses in total, including one over Tatsumi.
-When Somdej Yontarakit defeated Hachiro Tatsumi in 1955 he became the first 2-weight OPBF champion, holding the OPBF Welterweight and Middleweight titles.
-Jae Doo Yuh holds the record for most defenses, at 21. Interestignly Boxrec has credited him with an extra defense. It appears his second but with Nobuyoshi Ozaki, in March 1975, wasn't actually an OPBF title fight defense.
-Yuh is one of just two men with more than 10 defenses, the other is Chong Pal Pak, with 15 defenses of the title.
-Indonesian Suwarno had a reported 1-6 record when he won the title...in his fourth attempt at the belt.
-An impressive 6 OPBF Middleweight champions have won world titles! These are Ki Soo Kim, who won the lineal Light Middleweight title, Jae Doo Yuh, who won the WBA Light Middleweight title, Chong Pal Park, who won the IBF and WBA Super Middleweight titles, In Chul Baek, who also won the WBA Super Middleweight title, Shinji Takehara, who won the WBA Middleweight title, Sam Soliman, who won the IBF Middleweight title, Sakio Bika, who won the WBC Super Middleweight title.
-In March 1988 two former OPBF Middleweight champions clashed in a WBA Super Middleweight title bout! That was won by Chong Pal Park, who stopped Polly Pasireron in 5 rounds.
-Daothong Singhpallop was stripped of the title in May 1959, then won the title back in July that year to become a 2-time champion.
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).