The name Tiger Ari (61-7-3, 28) is one that won't resonate at all with fans who don't follow the Asian scene. In fact we suspect some may even be thinking about Tiger Ali Singh, the wrestler, rather than Tiger Ari the boxer. Despite that Ari was actually a really notable fighter back in the 1980's, 90's and early 2000's.
During a remarkable 71 fight career Ari fought in 7 countries, was a 2-time GAB champion and a 2-time OPBF champion. His career, which stretched from 1984 to 2003, saw him share the ring with fighters as diverse as Samart Payakaroon and Cassius Baloyi.
We're not here for a career synopsis on Tiger Ari, but instead the latest 5 Midweeks facts, which this is 5 Midweeks facts about Tiger Ari.
1-Ari's real name is Eder Olivetti. He was named after Brazilian boxing great Eder Jofre. He would however go by the name Tiger Ari due to a relationship with manager Ruben Ortiz, who's company was called Ari Industries Manila. The name stuck, even after Ari left Ortiz. The only real exceptiosn to that were when he was fighting out of Japan, where he fought as "Tiger Asakura".
2-Ali is one of 8 children, several of which were also boxers. These include notable fighters Dino Olivetti, who fought from 1993 to 2003 and Lion Ari, who fought from 1987 to 1992.
3-We mentioned Ari's brothers but it's worth noting that he isn't first generation of the family to fight there was Oscar Reyes, Tiger's father. Interestingly Reyes was a former OPBF Super Featherweight champion himself making him and Tiger one of the rare father-son duo's to have held OPBF titles.
4-Ari was trained by former Flyweight world champion Erbito Salavarria, who held both the WBA and WBC Flyweight titles during his long, successful, and often over-looked career. Salavarria's guidance is said to have helped Ari become an intelligent fighter, whilst another of his trainers was Nestor Angel.
5-Following his retirement Ari has remained in the sport and has helped trained Juiki Tatsuyoshi, notably being Tatsuyoshi's corner for his professional debut in 2015.
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