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 Hideyuki Ohashi to Shinji Takehara!
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 Hideyuki Ohashi has become well known as one of the most well respected promoters in Asian boxing, prior to becoming a promoter however he was a very successful professional fighter. Interestingly he went to the same University as Shinsuke Yamanaka, who was actually the first graduate from the University to win a world title as Ohashi actually dropped out.
2-During his lengthy reign as the WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka scored a stoppage win over former WBC Flyweight champion Malcolm Tunacao.
3-Malcolm Tunacao was only stopped twice during his long career. One of those was the aforementioned loss to Shinsuke Yamanaka and the other was an opening round loss to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, who stopped Tunacao to claim the WBC Flyweight.
4-Talented Thai Pongsaklek Wonjongkam didn't just stop Tunacao inside a round but also his biggest rival, Daisuke Naito. Wonjongkam famously fought Naito 4 times during one of the more notable Flyweight rivalries of recent years.
5-Although Daisuke Naito lost twice to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam he would go on to defeat the Thai in their third bout and fight to a draw with the Thai in their final bout. Another man Naito fought to a draw with was Takefumi Sakata.
6-Whilst Takefumi Sakata isn't a hugely well known name in the West he was a pretty notable fighter in Japan and was one of the stars of the Kyoei. Notably however before he signed for the Kyoei gym he had actually been training at the gym run by former WBA Shinji Takehara!
(Images - JPBA)
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