In this article, we write about something related to our recent post. Talented boxers are spread all over the world and come from all areas of society. Whether they have worn or new shorts for boxing, their skills can only be demonstrated in the ring.
Because the media focuses mostly on American boxers, we feel compelled to present you some background information about other great boxers that originate from the continent of Asia. As a boxing enthusiast, you should read the following lines and expand your boxing culture even more. Here is a short list of the top 5 Asian Boxers.
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao was born on 17 December 1978 in Kibawe, Philippines. Also known as Pac-Man or The Destroyer, he has been fighting professionally since 1995. Manny Pacquiao has won multiple world titles in four of the initial eight weight divisions: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. He was also the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight divisions.
Pacquiao has been ranked the second best fighter, pound for pound, of the last twenty-five years, by the ESPN in the year 2016. The BWAA (Boxing Writers Association of America), WBC and WBO named him the Fighter of the Decade for the 2000s. The Ring Magazine and BWAA awarded him the title of Fighter of the Year three times. Pacquiao won this title in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
In 2009 and 2010 he also won the Best Fighter ESPY Awards. BoxRec, a website that keeps track of boxing records, has ranked Manny Pacquiao as the best fighter of all time. Since 30th of June 2016, he has assumed the office of Senator of the Philippines.
Sohla Saenghom took the name of Khaosai from his boxing manager’s night club and was active between the years 1980 and 1991. Due to his fierce power and boxing style, he was named Thai Tyson after the famous boxer Mike Tyson. This Asian fighter relied on brute strength to win his early matches. Most of his victories came from brutal knockouts.
His professional record is 47 wins to 1 loss out of which 41 were KOs. After Galaxy won his first six fights in the ring, he was granted a chance to earn the Thailand bantamweight title by fighting Sakda Saksuree. Unfortunately for him, Galaxy lost the match by decision. However, this was the only match that he lost during his entire career as a professional boxer.
After rebounding and winning his next three matches, he earned the Thailand bantamweight title in the year 1982. His next 15 matches were all won by knockout making him the number 1 challenger to the super flyweight WBA world champion title, which was at the time held by Jiro Watanabe.
In 1984 Galaxy strips Watanabe of his title and begins the longest title reign in bantamweight history. During the next seven years, Galaxy defends his title for a total of 19 times. Out of these 19 victories, 16 were achieved by knockout.
This South Korean boxer is nicknamed “Sonagi” which translates to “rainfall”. The fans have chosen this nickname as his fighting style involved pelting his opponents with fast punch combinations that overwhelmed them. Sonagi fought between 1982 and 1993 and has a professional record of 38 wins to one loss and 14 KOs.
He set a record for his division by defending his title 18 times. The previous record had been set by his fellow countryman and WBC light flyweight champion Chang Jung-Koo with 15 continuous successful title defenses. These two fighters are known as the best boxers of their country.
Yuh’s toughest fight was on 29th of April 1990 when he defended his title for the 15th time. In that match, he defeated former WBA minimumweight champion Leo Gamez after going the distance and winning by split decision.
At the age of 29 years, Yuh Myung-Woo retired from boxing. In 1990 he was ranked the 9th best pound for pound boxer in the world and, in June 2013, was included in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Gennady Golovkin started his professional boxing career in 2006 and still hasn’t retired. His record is 34 wins to 0 losses and 31 KOs. This fighter was born in Kazakhstan, but his mother is from South Korea. At the moment, Golovkin is regarded as the world’s number 1 middleweight and one of the greatest fighters in boxing.
As ranked by the Ring Magazine, he is on the third place amongst the best boxers in the world, pound for pound. The same magazine named him in 2013 the Fighter of the Year. He owns the highest KO percentage in the middleweight division history: 91.2%.
Also known as “Triple G”, Golovkin is an aggressive boxer, that constantly puts pressure on his opponents. Although he is not extremely fluid and tends to take a lot of punches while he throws in his own, he has a hard chin, many claiming to be one of the hardest chins in today’s boxing. In over 375 fights, Golovkin hasn’t been knocked out or even knocked down.
Active in the world of boxing between 1919 to 1925, Francisco Guilledo also known as Pancho Villa, was a Filipino underdog who rose to become the first Asian ever to win the World Flyweight Championship. During that fight which took place on the 18th of June 1923, he fought Jimmy “Mighty Atom” Wilde and knocked him out in the 7th round.
Villa’s professional record is of 77 wins to 4 losses and 4 draws. Out of all his won matches, 22 were by knockout. He himself though was never knocked out by his opponents during any match.
Sadly, his career was ended abruptly. He died at the age of 23, 17 days before he was to turn 24 due to blood poisoning caused by an infected gum. This was the result of some complications following a wisdom tooth extraction. Villa entered into a coma and passed away the next day.
Although his boxing activity was short, it was spectacular. Many wonder how far he would have reached if not for his early death.