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 Flyweight world champions Yong Kang Kim and Yuri Arbachakov
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-Korean fighter Yong Kang Kim is a former WBC and WBA Flyweight champion. If we were to connect these two men in the quickest way, both were WBC champions and both beat Sot Chitalada. Instead of that, lets go around the houses a bit more. Kim made his debut on April 6th 1985. On the same day Meldrick Taylor won his 4th professional bout, beating Elias Martinez in Texas.
2-American fighter Meldrick Taylor is well known globally for his 1990 loss to Julio Cesar Chavez, in what was the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year and one of the most divisive bouts in history, with the stoppage coming in the final seconds. That bout was refereed by Richard Steele.
3-The legendary Richard Steele was the third man in the ring for Manny Pacquiao's bout with Gabriel Mira in 1999. That bout took place at the Araneta Coliseum in Metro Manila.
4-The Araneta Coliseum hosted a number of big fights over the years, including the Thrilla In Manila in 1975, another Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. That bout, of course, was the final bout in the rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
5-Muhammad Ali only fought a single bout in Japan, that was his 1972 clash with Mac Foster. Interestingly that bout took place at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
6-The Nippon Budokan also played host to a single bout featuring Yuri Arbachakob, that was his 1994 fight against the then unbeaten Chatchai Sasakul, in the first of the two clashes between the two men, who also rematched in 1997 with Sasakul getting revenge over the Japanese based Russian.
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).