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 Japanese star Naoya Inoue and..Sung Kil Moon
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-Current WBA and IBF Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue has become one of the biggest stars in Japanese boxing and is already a 3 weight world champion and one of the most highly regarded fighters in world boxing today. Before he moved to Bantamweight he had won the Japanese Light Flyweight title, his professional title.
2-Another man to have held the Japanese Light Flyweight title was Yu Kimura, who actually won the title after Inoue vacated it. Kimura was a fighter from the well established, and world famous, Teiken Gym in Tokyo. Not only was he a Teiken fighter, but he was also a man who Teiken lead to a world title.
3-At Teiken one of Yu Kimura's stablemates, was WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, who held the for close to 6 years.
4-Another Japanese fighter who held the WBC Bantamweight title, well before Shinsuke Yamanaka had achieved the feat, was Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, who was a Japanese boxing mega-star in the 1990's.
5-The man Joichiro Tatsuyoshi beat for the WBC Bantamweight title in 1991, in just his 8th bout, was Greg Richardson from the US. Coming in Richardson was looking to make his second defense in just 7 months, but was stopped by Tatsuyoshi.
6-In his very next bout, after losing to Tatsuyoshi, Greg Richardson would resurface in South Korea, where he lost to the then WBC Super Flyweight champion Sung Kil Moon.
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).