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 legendary Filipino Little Dado to controversial Japanese fighter Koki Kameda.
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-Eleuterio Zapanta, better known as Little Dado, was a Filipino boxer who fought in the 1930's and 1940's running up a brilliant 70-6-11 (22) record. One of his main rivals was fellow Filipino Little Pancho. The two men fought a reported 7 times, with Pancho winning their series 3-2-2. Amazingly these two "Little" men battled 4 times in 1936 alone!
2-Whilst not a huge name in the sport's history Little Pancho was part of a notable boxing family. He was the half brother of the legendary Pancho Villa, one of the greatest Filipino fighters of all time. Pancho Villa was the first Asian boxing star, winning the Flyweight world title in the 1920's, and was one of the very few Asian fighters to make a major mark on the sport before World War II.
3-A song named "Pancho Villa", named after the Filipino great, was featured in the 2003 album "Ghosts of the Great Highway" by American quartet Sun Kil Moon. Villa was one of a number of fighters to have songs named after him on the album with another being tragic Korean fighter Deuk Koo Kim.
4-Whilst Deuk Koo Kim is best known for his sad, and tragic, loss to Ray Mancini it can often be very easy to forget the success he had before facing Mancini. That had included him holding, and defending, the OPBF Lightweight title. Another man to hold that title was often forgotten Indonesian fighter Adrianus Taroreh, who held the title in the 1990's before losing in a world title fight against Orzubek Nazarov in 1996.
5-Sadly Adrianus Taroreh passed away in 2013, at the tragically young age of 46. Prior to even turning professional he was a well regarded boxer and in 1989 he won a gold medal at the South East Asian games in Malaysia. Taroreh took his gold at 60KG's whilst 12KG's lighter fans in Malaysia saw Chatchai Sasakul win gold.
6-In 2008, almost 20 years after winning gold at the South East Asian Games, Chatchai Sasakul fought in his final meaningful bout. That saw him losing in 3 rounds to brilliant Mexican fighter Cristian Mijares in a WBA and WBC Super Flyweight title bout. On the undercard for Sasakul's loss to Mijares was Japan's Koki Kameda, who scored his 19th professional win as he took a decision over Salvador Montes.
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).