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 modern day Middleweight great Gennady Golovkin to Toshiaki Nishioka.
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-We all know what the hard hitting Gennady Golovkin has done in recent years, becoming one of the most notable fighters of his era. Whilst he was well known as an amateur it's worth noting that he made his debut on May 6th 2006. On that very same day Japanese based Thai Den Junlaphan successfully defended the WBC Minimumweight title, defending the belt against Rodel Mayol.
2-Although he was from Thailand Den Junlaphan spent much of his career in Thailand, fighting out of the Kadoebi Gym. Another fighter who fought out of the same gym was the hard hitting, multi-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Sakamoto.
3-Although Hiroyuki Sakamoto failed to win a world title he did fight several times in bouts at the highest level. One of those world title bouts saw Sakamoto take on fellow Japanese fighter Takanori Hatakeyama, in what was a brilliant match up that sadly ruined Sakamoto, who was never quite the same after this bout.
4-Former 2-weight world champion Takanori Hatakeyama was a brilliant fighter to watch, one of the most fan friendly fighters of his era and was in so many great fights. His debut came on June 17th 1993. That was the same day that Rustico Torrecampo scored his first professional win, defeating Manuel Andales.
5-Although not a very notable fighter Rustico Torrecampo is best known for his 1996 win over Manny Pacquiao, the first loss on Pacquiao's record. Pacquiao's cherry wasn't the only one Torrecampo popped, with another being the less well remembered Reynante Rojo, who was then 20-0.
6-Whilst a pretty obscure fighter Reynante Rojo did face some pretty big names, one of which was future WBA Light Flyweight champion Sompoch Harnvichachai whilst another was future WBC Super Bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka.
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).