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 World Amateur Super Heavyweigth champion Bakhodir Jalolov to former IBF Minmumweight champion Ratanapol Sor Vorapin!
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-Uzbek Super Heavyweight Bakhodir Jalolov may not yet be a big name in professional boxing, but it seems inevitable that he will be in the future. He's however not the only big Uzbek to shine on the amateur scene and another is Ruslan Chagaev, who also won the World Amateur Championships at Super Heavyweight, all the way back in 2001.
2-Whilst Ruslan Chagaev is probably best know for winning the WBA Heavyweight title in the professional ranks he was a legitimately excellent amateur. Among his amateurs wasn't just the World Championships win in 2001 but also the 1998 Asian Games, where he took home the Heavyweight gold. Another gold medal winner at those games was Thailand's Somluck Khamsing.
3-Thailand's excellent Somluck Kamsing was a brilliant boxer, winning Olympic gold in 1996 and winning gold at 2 Asian Games. One thing he was less good at was singing, though that didn't stop him trying, and he recorded several songs with fellow boxer Khaosai Galaxy.
4-In his boxing pomp Khaosai Galaxy was a long reigning WBA Super Flyweight champion, and one of the divisional greats. Another man who held that title was Japanese fighter Nobuo Nashiro, who held the belt twice during his short, but often exciting, career.
5-The teak tough Nobuo Nashiro first won the WBA Super Flyweight title in his 8th bout, becoming one of the few fighters to win a world title in so few fights. Another man who also won their first title in their 8th bout is fellow Japanese fighter Hiroto Kyoguchi, who beat Jose Argumedo in his 8th fight.
6-The title that Hiroto Kyoguchi won by defeating Jose Argumedo was the IBF Minmumweight title. That was the same title that Ratanapol Sor Vorapin held twice in the 1990's, when he dominated the IBF title scene. Although not too well remembered internationally Ratanapol holds the record for the IBF Minmumweight title, having 12 defenses in his first reign and 6 in his second.
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