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 multi-weight world champion Daiki Kameda to former world champion Amnat Ruenroeng.
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-Japanese fighter Daiki Kameda is often over-looked when we discuss the Kameda boxing family, with holder brother Koki Kameda and younger brother Tomoki Kameda all getting significantly more attention than Daiki. Despite that Daiki was a 2-weight world champion and scored some solid during his career. Sadly however Daiki is best known for his 2007 loss to the then WBC Flyweight champion Daisuke Naito.
2-The talented Daisuke Naito was a successful fighter, and during his career he was very open about some of the struggles he had had earlier in his life. These included being a victim of bullying. He's not the only notable Japanese fighter who has revealed that he was bullied, with another being Ryoichi Taguchi.
3-During his career Ryoichi Taguchi won the Japanese, WBA and IBF Light Flyweight titles, and scored a number of very notable victories. Interestingly Taguchi was the 7th fighter to win the WBA Light Flyweight title, with the first of those being Yoko Gushiken way back in the 1970's.
4-After winning the WBA Light Flyweight title in 1976 Yoko Gushiken would go on to record 13 defenses. The only fighter to have more defenses of that title that Gushiken is south Korean legend Myung Woo Yuh, who managed 17 defenses of the title in his first reign, before reclaiming the title and adding 1 more defense in 1993.
5-Sadly the Light Flyweight division during Myung Woo Yuh's day wasn't as strong as the division is now a days, and one big complaint about Yuh's reign is the lack of major names that he beat. That's despite the fact that he defeated the likes of Leo Gamez, Rodolfo Blanco, Hiroki Ioka and Bi Won Jung.
6-It's fair to say that few fans, outside of Asia, will be too familiar with Bi Won Jung, who lost to Myung Woo Yuh in 1984 before Yuh was even a world champion. That's despite the fact Jung would later win the IBF Flyweight title, in fact he was the third holder of that title. Some 30 years after Jung's title win that same belt was around the waist of Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng.
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).