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 Filipino world champion Marlon Tapales to former Japanese world champion Nobuo Nashiro.
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-In 2015 Marlon Tapales won the WBO Bantamweight title, with a brilliant win against Pungluang Sor Singyu in Thailand. Tapales was the third Filipino fighter to win the WBO Bantamweight title, following Gerry Penalosa and Nonito Donaire. He was then followed, a few years later, by Johnriel Casimero.
2-The explosive, heavy handed and enigmatic Johnriel Casimero has had a rather interesting career, with some huge wins, and some very under-whelming performances. When he's on song however he is brilliant, explosive and incredibly heavy handed. He made his debut on June 3rd 2007, the same day that Kyotaro Fujimoto won a kick boxing bout against Ryo Takigawa.
3-After a successful career as a kick boxer Kyotaro Fujimoto turned his hand to professional boxing and had a successful career, unifying the Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles. One of his most notable rivalries in the professional was with Nobuhiro Ishida, with the two men fighting twice, in very competitive bouts.
4-During a professional career that ran from 2000 to 2015 Nobuhiro Ishida scored several wins of note. There is however one of those that stands out more than any other, and that it is his opening round blow out win over James Kirkland, in what was the 2011 Upset of the Year. A year later the Upset of the Year was Sonny Boy Jaro's upset shock win against Pongsaklek Wonjongkam to become the WBC Flyweight champion.
5-Despite his huge 2012 win, for the WBC Flyweight title, Sonny Boy Jaro was essentially a career journeyman who suffered notable losses through his entire career. The fifth of his defeats came in 2006 to Thailand's Pornsawan Porpramook, who stopped Jaro in 5 rounds.
6-In 2012, years after beating Jaro, we saw Pornsawan Porpramook win the WBA Minimumweight title scoring a 12th round majority decision over Indonesian fighter Muhammad Rachman in Jakarta on July 30th 2011. On the very same day Nobuo Nashiro took the unbeaten record of Filipino fighter Rey Perez, taking a decision win over Perez.
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).