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 Filipino former world champion Dodie Boy Penalosa to former Indonesian world title contender Angky Angkotta.
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-During his career Dodie Boy Penalosa became a 2-weight world champion winning the IBF Light Flyweight and IBF Flyweight titles in the 1980's. In fact Penalosa was the Inaugural IBF Light Flyweight champion, stopping Satoshi Shingaki in 1983 to win the title in Osaka. On the same show that Penalosa won the IBF Light Flyweight title South Korean fighter Ju Do Chun won the IBF Super Flyweight title.
2-During his reign as the IBF Super Flyweight champion Ju Do Chun ran up 5 defenses of the title which stood as a record for most defenses in a reign until very recently. The 5 defenses figure was matched by Robert Quiroga and Julio Cesar Boboa but wasn't broken until 2018, when Jerwin Ancajas recorded his 6th defense of the belt.
3-Filipino "Pretty Boy" Jerwin Ancajas is best known for his long and lengthy reign as the IBF Super Flyweight champion. For much off his career he was a relative unknown, fighting on low key shows in the Philippines and occasionally in China. His international debut came in 2011 when he faced off with Chinese fighter Jing Xiang, who was 1-0 at the time.
4-The highly skilled, but feather fisted, Jing Xiang has had a criminally over-looked career, with several other Chinese fighters overshadowing him. Despite that he has scored a number of very notable wins, including victories over Ben Mananquil, and former world champions Merlito Sabillo and Kompayak Porpramook.
5-In 2011 Thailand's Kompayak Porpramook became the WBC Light Flyweight champion, beating Adrian Hernandez in arguably that year's Fight of the Year. For fans who haven't seen it, it needs to be watched, and it was a 10 round nail biting, action thriller well worthy of anyone's time. Sadly however Kompayak would lost the title in his second defense, in a rematch with Hernandez. His only successful defense of the title was a controversial technical decision win over Jonathan Taconing. The only other man to defend that title with a technical decision win was Jorge Arce, way back in 2003.
6-During his excellent, and other thrilling, career Jorge Arce fought a relative who's who, of who. Included in the long, long line of fighters Arce beat is Indonesian fighter Angky Angkotta, who Arce beat twice, first in 2010 and secondly in 2011.
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).