The Minimumweight division has often been over-looked by fans in the west, despite a huge number of amazing fights coming from the division since it was created in the 1980's. Likewise the WBO has also been on the end of fans ire since it was created, also in the 1980's. Today however we look to share some interesting facts about the WBO Minimumweight title.
-Amazingly 3 of the first 4 champions and 4 of the first 6, vacated the belt.
-The second champion was from the UK, and 2 of the first 7 were from Europe
-No fighter from the US has ever won the title.
-The most defenses record is held by Ivan Calderon, who defended the title 11 times in total. No one else has double figures, with the nearest having been 6 defenses by Alex Sanchez. The most defenses by an Asian fighter is 4, by Donnie Neites
-Having mentioned Alex Sanchez it's worth noting his first defense against the debuting Arturo Mayan, who's only recorded fight was his loss to Sanchez.
-Alex Sanchez also notched 3 success T/KO1 wins in bouts for the title. They were his title win and first 2 defenses.
-Husni Ray was the first Asian fighter to challenge for the title, losing a split decision in Indonesia to Rafael Torres in 1990. This was actually the only time the title was fought for in Asia until 2007, when Donnie Neites won it in the first all-Asian bout, beating Pornsawan Porpramook
-The first Asian to win the title was Filipino Eric Jamili, who won the belt in the UK when he stopped Mickey Cantwell
-Merlito Sabillo was the third Asian fighter to hold the title, and was the third from the Philippines.
-There first Japanese fighter to hold the title was Katsunari Takayama, who is the only man to be a 2-time champion.
-Between December 2014 and July 2018 there were 4 successive fighters from Japan, sharing a combined 5 reigns. These included Takayama, Kosei Tanaka, Tatsuya Fukuhara and Ryuya Yamanaka.
-The most recent Asian champion with Vic Saludar, who managed to make just a single successful defense in his 13 month reign.
-As of the first 62 title bouts there has been just a single draw, Merlito Sabillo's bout with Carlos Buitrago, and 3 technical decisions.
-At the time of writing it is the only Minimumweight world title to have never been won by a Thai.
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).