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 Korean world champion Seung Hoon Lee to Indonesian great Chris John.
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-Although not one of the more well known Korean world champion Seung Hoon Lee was a genuine talent, who had a 12 year career stretching from 1977 to 1989, and unlike many Korean fighters from the era actually managed a long career, with 52 professional bouts including 6 world title bouts. He won his world title, the IBF Super Bantamweight title, in 1987, when he beat Prayurasak Muangsurin.
2-Prayurasak Muangsurin had actually lost a previous world title bout, before losing to Lee. That was an IBF Super Flyweight world title bout Ju Do Chun.
3-Although not too well known now a days Ju Do Chun was the inaugural IBF Super Flyweight champion. He had won the title in 1987, when he beat Ken Kasugai in Japan at the Osaka Jo Hall. As the same card as Chun's title win was the debut of Shinobu Kawashima.
4-Shinobu Kawashima is the little remembered brother of the excellent Hiroshi Kawashima, who went on to win the WBC Super Flyweight title in the 1990's and ran up 6 defenses in the mid to late 1990's.
5-Hiroshi Kawashima fought out of the Yonekura Gym under the guidance of Kenji Yonekura, and originally he had a style comparable to that of fellow Yonekura gym fighter Hideyuki Ohashi.
6-In 2013 Hideyuki Ohashi managed fighter Satoshi Hosono challenged the then WBA Featherweight "Super" champion Chris John, with the two men fighting to a technical draw, in what was John's final successful defense and Hosono's final world title bout.
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).