One of many requests we've had for this series is Rocky Lin, the Japanese based Taiwanese fighter who fought as a professional from 1988 to 1998. Although not a big name in the sport he was certainly a notable fighter from an historical point of view.
Sadly despite being a rather major figure it is hard to get many details of Lin's life and career, despite that here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Rocky Lin
1-Although best known as Rocky Lin he was actually born Lin Ming-Chia, which has also been transcribed as Mincha Lin.
2-Lin went a reported 58-5 (30) in the amateurs, and won a number of notable awards, including international titles as well as domestic ones.
3-As a professional Lin fought out of the "Rocky" Gym in Japan.
4-With 7 defenses of the Japanese Minimumweight title to his name Lin is the tied record holder for successive defenses of the title. The figure of 7, which Lin set as the record, has since been matched by Satoshi Kogumazaka.
5-In just his third professional bout Lin fought in a 10 rounder. Not only that but he went up against Norikazu Kawana, an opponent who had previously challenged for OPBF and JBC honours
6-Rather oddly, given he fought 28 professional bouts, Lin only had a single bout in December, that was his Japanese title defense over Masahide Makiyama.
7-Lin was the first world title challenger from Taiwan
8-Lin's only bouts outside of Japan saw him fight Edwin Talita in Hong Kong and Rodolfo Guilos, in Lin's birth town of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He won both of those bouts by stoppage. Of his other 26 bouts 24 took place at Korakuen Hall.
9-In 1992 Lin faced Ricarod Lopez, with Lin challenging the WBC Minimumweight title. This was Lopez's third and final bout in Japan, where he had won the WBC title in 1990, when he stopped Hideyuki Ohashi, and had made his first defense, again Kimio Hirano.
10 - In recent years Lin has become the National Coach of the Republic of China Boxing Association, and a Professor at the Department of Athletics, School of Physical Education, Taipei City University
Thinking Out East
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