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 2-weight female world champion Momo Koseki to Manny Pacquiao.
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 fighter Momo Koseki might not be a massive name in the world of sport, but few can argue with her success in the sport. She is a 2-weight world champion, a former unified world champion and a fighter with 17 success defenses of the WBC Atomweight title under her belt. She was the MVP of the Atomweight division for around a decade.As a professional she fought of the Aoki Gym and was a stablemate of Sho Kimura.
2-The teak tough and regularly entertaining Sho Kimura is best known for his short, but very fun, reign as the WBO Flyweight champion. He won the belt in a big upset win in China and would defend the belt twice before losing it to fellow Japanese fighter Kosei Tanaka. Prior to winning a world title he won the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title, beating Masahiro Sakamoto for that title. A prior hold of that title was Tepparith Singwancha.
3-After winning the WBO Asia Pacific title in 2010 Tepparith Singwancha went on to win the WBA Super Flyweight title. Whilst the way he won the title was a mess his reign was a solid one, defending the belt 3 times, all against world class opponents. Another Thai who won the WBA Super Flyweight title was the legendary Khaosai Galaxy, who held the title for more than 7 years and ran up a record of 19 defenses.
4-Whilst Khaosai Galaxy is regarded as the most successful of the Galaxy brothers his twin Khaokor Galaxy also had very notable success, and was a 2-time WBA Bantamweight champion in the 1980's.
5-As mentioned Khaokor Galaxy was a 2-time WBA Bantamweight champion, though surprisingly he failed to record a single successful defense from his two reigns. Interestingly he made his debut on October 9th 1985. That was the same day that Ji Won Kim made his 3rd defense of the IBF Super Bantamweight title, stopping former former champion Sung In Suh in 66 seconds.
6-Amazingly Ji Won Kim is one of only two men to ever defend the IBF Super Bantamweight title with an opening round win. The other is Manny Pacquiao, who achieved the feat on October 26th 2002, when he blasted out Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym in 166 seconds!
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).