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 fighters from opposite ends of the scales, going from former Light Welterweight champion Tsuyoshi Hamada to former multi-time Thai world champion Chartchai Chionoi.
1-Hard hitting Japanese slugger Tsuyoshi Hamada was a huge punching force of nature through much of the 1980's. Although not too well remembered in the west he was a real star in Japan and has continued to be involved in boxing as one of the major players at Teiken. Hamada held the WBC Light Welterweight title for just under a year, winning it in July 1986 and losing it the following July, at the Kokugikan.
2-The Kokugikan played host to an interesting card in February 2001 headlined by an amazing bout between Takanori Hatakeyama and Rick Yoshimura. Also on that February card was Mexican American Urbano Antillon, fighting in his second professional bout.
3-Although not a major name Urbano Antillon is an interesting fighter who fought between 2000 and 2013, with his most notable bouts being his losses to Miguel Acosta, Humberto Soto and Brandon Rios.
4-Despite being a limited fighter Brandon Rios was also a tough and fun fighter to watch, and his first two bouts with Mike Alvarado were fantastic wars. Their third was significantly worse. Interestingly after those first two Alvarado bouts Rios found himself in the ring with Filipino great Manny Pacquiao.
5-The legendary Manny Pacquiao has long been the face of Filipino boxing and has been a multi-weight champion and a generational talent. Pacquiao's first world title was the WBC Flyweight title, which he won back in 1998 when he stopped Chatchai Sasakul in 8 rounds.
6-Chatchai Sasakul wasn't the only Thai to lose the WBC Flyweight title in 8 rounds. Way back in 1969 Chartchai Chionoi also lost the WBC Flyweight title in 8 rounds, when he was stopped by Mexican rival Efren Torres. Thankfully for Chionoi he get the last laugh, beating Torres for the title 13 months later to reclaim the belt!
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).