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-time Japanese world champion Yoshiaki Numata to current world champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
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 Yoshiaki Numata was a 2-time Super Featherweight champion back in the late 1960's and early 1970's. His first title reign began in June 1967 when he claimed the WBA and WBC Super Featherweight titles when he beat Filipino legend Flash Elorde. That bout was the second between the two men and took place at the Kokugikan.
2-Numata isn't the only fighter to have won a Super Featherweight world title at the Kokugikan, another is Takashi Miura, who won the WBC title there in April 2013, when he stopped Gamaliel Diaz in 9 rounds, dropping Diaz numerous times en route to that stoppage.
3-Way back in July 2003 Takashi Miura made his professional debut, winning a 6 round decision over Yutaka Sato. That win came on a show that also saw wins for Jorge Linares, Masayoshi Sagawa, Takehiro Shimokawara and Noel Arambulet. In fact it was Arambulet, from Venezuela, who took home a win in the main event, defeating Yutaka Niida for the WBA Minimumweight title.
4-During his career Noel Arambulet, who fought numerous times in Japan, would only be stopped twice. The first of those stoppage losses came in November 2005, when he was beaten in 7 rounds by the then 19 year old Koki Kameda, who moved to 9-0 (8) with the win.
5-As a professional Koki Kameda would box from 2003 to 2015. His debut came on a Green Tsuda card that a trio of future Japanese world champions, including Kameda. Another of those future world champions was Katsunari Takayama whilst the other was Nobuo Nashiro.
6-Nobuo Nashiro famously won his first world title in his 8th bout, stopping Martin Castillo to become the WBA Super Flyweight champion. Another fighter who won his first world title, or rather titles, in bout #8 was Murodjon Akhmadaliev, who achieved the feat earlier this year with a win over Daniel Roman!
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).