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 world champions Saman Sorjaturong and Khaosai Galaxy!
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-The talented Saman Sorjaturong will never be forgotten by hardcore fight fans thanks to his sensational bout with Humberto Gonzalez in 1995, a bout that was named the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. That was one of only two bouts featuring a Thai to be named Fight of the Year by Ring, with the other being Somsak Sithchatchawal's war with Mahyar Monshipour. That leaves us with Saman and Somsak being the only Thai's involved in Ring's Fights of the Year.
2-Whilst Somsak Sithchatchawal is best known for his sensational war with Monshipour that wasn't his only bout of note. He also fought the likes of Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, Ratanachai Sor Vorapin and Celestino Caballero.
3-Panama's Celestino Caballero might not be an Asian fighter but he did mix with Asian fighters several times during his successful in ring career, including Daud Yordan and Satoshi Hosono. That Hosono fight actually occurred in Japan on December 31st 2011 at the Bunka Gym in Kanagawa on a card that also featured the then debuting Ryo Matsumoto.
4-Whilst Ryo Matsumoto is yet to reach the heights expected of him the Ohashi fighter is only 26 years old and still has time on his side to become a world champion in the future. Interestingly Ryo is one of 3 "Matsumoto's" at the Ohashi gym along with fellow fighter Keisuke Matsumoto and former fighter, nor a current trainer, Koji Matsumoto*.
5-During the 1990's Koji Matsumoto was a 3-time world title challenger. The talented former Japanese fighter may never have won a world title but was a talented, entertaining and skilled fighter who managed to win domestic and regional honours during his often over-looked career. In his debut Matsumoto shared a card with Shunichi Nakajima, who retained the Japanese Flyweight title in the show's main event.
6-Shunichi Nakajima was another of the Japanese fighters who managed success on the domestic scene but failed when it came to world level. He not only lost twice to future world champion Katsuya Onizuka but he also lost in his sole world title fight, being stopped in 8 rounds by Khaosai Galaxy in June 1990, in what was Galaxy's 14th defense of the WBA Super Flyweight title.
*Just to add Koji is Keisuke's father, neither is actually related to Ryo.
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).