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 Thai former world champion Ratanapol Sor Vorapin to legendary Filipino Little Dado.
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-Talented Thai boxer Ratanapol Sor Vorapin is best known for being one of the best Minimumweight's of his era, being a 2-time IBF champion. He is also known for being one of two fighting brothers in the family, with his brother being fellow former world champion Ratanachai Sor Vorapin, who is a former WBO Bantamweight champion.
2-Way back on April 19th 1992 Thailand's Ratanachai Sor Vorapin made his professional debut, , stopping Wittaya Por Tawatchai in the 1st round. On the very same day as the then 15 year old Ratanachai scored his first win, Indonesian fighter Boy Aruan scored his 18th win, beating a fighter who is recorded as being "Sanchai".
3-Although never a world champion himself Indonesian southpaw Boy Aruan was a genuine contender at one point and managed to get a WBC world title fight in 1995, when he challenged the brilliant, and often forgotten, Hiroshi Kawashima. That bout was the first Japan Vs Indonesia world title bout, and sadly for Aruan he was stopped in round 3 by the brilliant Kawashima.
4-The high skilled Hiroshi Kawashima was one of the many champions developed by the Yonekura Gym. That was the gym owned by the talented, smart, and incredibly important Kenji Yonekura, who founded the gym and ran it right through to when the gym closed, with Yonekura closing the gym due to his age and ailing health.
5-Despite being regarded as a heavy hitter by Argentinian great Pascual Perez Japan's Kenji Yonekura only scored one stoppage when he, himself, was a fighter. The very talented Yonekura went 13-10-1 (1), giving us one of the most misleading records in the sports history. Another notable fighter who only recorded a single stoppage was Yoichiro Hanada, who's record of 93-37-28-1 (1) is a real oddity in the sport.
6-We've quickly mentioned Yoichiro Hanada's record and obviously he fought a number of notable names. Included in those are the likes of Speedy Akira, Yoshio Shirai, Hiroshi Horiguchi and the legendary Little Dado, who defeated Hanada in 1936!
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).