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 Ryol Li Lee to Marlon Tapales.
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-When he was much younger Ryol Li Lee went to the Osaka Korean High School in Osaka. Another fighter who went to the same high school was Teiru Kinoshita.
2-During his 30 fight professional career Teiru Kinoshita managed to achieve a significant amount. He went unbeaten in his first 20 bouts, won the Japanese Super Flyweight title and recorded 5 defenses of that title and later fought for the IBF Super Flyweight title. Twice. The first of those world title bouts came against Zolani Tete in 2014, for the vacant title.
3-Sadly for Kinoshita he came up very short against talented South African fighter Zolani Tete, who dominated from the opening round. Tete would go on to record just a single defense of that title before moving up in weight and begin to campaign at Bantamweight. Tete's title win saw him become the second South African to win the IBF Super Flyweight title, following in the footsteps of Simphiwe Nongqayi.
4-Sadly Simphiwe Nongqayi is often an over-looked fighter, despite the fact he won the belt in Mexico against Jorge Arce and defended it on the road, in France, against Malik Bouziane. Unfortunately Nongqayi's reign ended in his second defense, when he was stopped by Juan Alberto Rosas.
5-Mexican fighter Juan Alberto Rosas had a solid career between 2001 and 2016, fighting more than 50 times and scoring more than 40 wins. Given the length of his career, and the fact he had double digit losses, it's surprising that he was stopped only once, with that stoppage loss coming late in his career to David Sanchez.
6-Less than 18 months after David Sanchez beat Juan Albert Rosas he scored another win of note, defeating Filipino fighter Marlon Tapales, who would later go on to become the WBO Bantamweight champion! This was, notably for Tapales, only his second career defeat.
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).