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 multi-time Japanese title challenger fighter Yuichi Kasai to former Korean world champion Min Keun Oh
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-Former multi-time world title challenger Yuichi Kasai began his professional career on August 12th 1989 with an opening round TKO win over Unchain Kaji at Korakuen Hall. That very same day future American star Shane Mosley picked up a win, over in Puerto Rico, in the World Junior Championships, stopping Mohamas Hassen Ali in the Lightweight division.
2-During his long and successful professional boxing career American star Shane Mosely faced a genuine who's who of who. Reading through his record makes it clear that he faced pretty much anyone who in, or around the his weight classes. Among the many great fighters he faced was Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao, who gave Mosley his 7th professional loss back in 2011.
3-Much, much earlier in his career Manny Pacquiao defeated Mexican fighter Gabriel Mira, stopping Mira in 4 rounds, after using Mira like a human yo-yo. The Mexican showed his guts and determination in the bout, but was dropped repeatedly during the 4 round massacre at the Araneta Coliseum. Interestingly this was Pacquiao's only successful defense of the WBC Flyweight title, with the Filipino icon losing the title on the scales less than 5 months later.
4-Whilst Gabriel Mira was embarrassed by the sensational Pacquiao it is worth being aware of the fact Mira wasn't a bad fighter. In fact he earned his WBC world title fight by out pointing talented Korean Young Soon Jang in 1998 and had previously won the WBC International Super Flyweight title. Another man who held that title was Thai fighter Oleydong Sithsamerchai, who actually made 8 defenses of the belt from 2011 to 2014.
5-At his best Oleydong Sithsamerhcai was a very talented Minimumweight, and he had a solid reign as the WBC Minimumweight champion before losing the title to a young Japanese sensational called Kazuto Ioka. Interestingly Oleydong, also known as Kittipong Jaigrajang, made his debut on September 6th 2002, the very same day that Orlando Salido defeated Carlos Gerena in Texas. A win that would help move Salido on to bigger and better things.
6-Among those bigger and better things for Orlando Salido was a reign as the IBF Featherweight champion, which he won in 2010 with a win over Cristobal Cruz. That was a title previously held by Korean Min Keun Oh. In fact Oh was the inaugural champion winning the belt in 1984 with a KO win against Joko Arter.
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).