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 Korean world champion Young Kyun Park Bakhodir Jalolov.
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-Korean "Bulldozer" Young Kyun Park is best known for his WBA Featherweight title reign in the early 1990's. He made an impressive 8 world title defenses in less than 3 years and looked like one of the hottest things in Asian boxing at the time, with his aggressive and exciting style. Among the challengers he knocked back with under-rated Japanese fighter Koji Matsumoto.
2-Koji Matsumoto made his professional debut on June 27th 1989, defeating Yuzo Yamauchi with a 5 round decision win. That victory came on the same day that the future Heavyweight great Lennox Lewis also made his debut, stopping Al Malcolm in England.
3-Whilst Lennox Lewis is best known for his incredible success in the professional ranks it's impossible to forget his success as an amateur. The highlight of which was his Olympic gold medal in 1988. Another gold medal winner at those games was Korean fighter Kim Kwang Sun.
4-Following his Olympic success Kim Kwang Sun turned professional, making his debut in November 1990, when he beat Filipino Manny Melchor. On the very same card fans also saw the talented Jung Il Byun score a 9th round KO win against the tough but limited Eddie Torres, in what was actually Torres' only stoppage loss in 17 bouts.
5-In just his 9th professional bout Jung Il Byun won the WBC Bantamweight title. Sadly for him however his reign was a short one, losing the belt less than 9 months after winning it. He lost the belt to Yasuei Yakushiji, who not only took the belt from Byun, albeit controversially, but then stopped the Korean fighter in a rematch 7 months later, sending Byun into retirement.
6-Rather oddly on Yasuei Yakushiji 47th birthday Uzbek Heavyweight fighter Bakhodir Jalolov scored an amateur win over Florian Schulz in Germany, as part of the 2015 Chemistry Cup. Just 3 days later Jalolov would go on to win the tournament, stopping Max Keller in the final of the Super Heavyweight division!
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).