Degrees of Separation: Linking Oleksandr Usyk to first Ukrainian champ, a lightweight

Degrees of Separation: Linking Oleksandr Usyk to first Ukrainian champ, a lightweight.

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided to try to link our No. 3 fighter pound for pound, Oleksandr Usyk, with the first Ukrainian-born boxer to win a world title, Hall of Famer and featherweight champ Louis “Kid” Kaplan.

It was no easy task. First, Kaplan last fought in 1933 — 87 years ago. And, second, Kaplan was a lightweight.

How could we possibly link a 135-pounder from a century ago to an active heavyweight champion? Turned out we were able to do it in only 11 steps, which isn’t a lot given the time that has passed.

Check it out:

Louis Kaplan fought …

Cocoa Kid, who fought …

O’Neill Bell, who fought …

Bob Murphy, who fought …

Jake LaMotta, who fought …

Joey Maxim, who fought …

Eddie Machen, who fought …

Joe Frazier, who fought …

George Foreman, who fought …

Axel Shulz, who fought …

Wladimir Klitschko, who fought …

Anthony Joshua, who fought …

Oleksandr Usyk

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Degrees of Separation: Linking Oleksandr Usyk to first Ukrainian champ, a lightweight

Degrees of Separation: Linking Oleksandr Usyk to first Ukrainian champ, a lightweight.

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided to try to link our No. 3 fighter pound for pound, Oleksandr Usyk, with the first Ukrainian-born boxer to win a world title, Hall of Famer and featherweight champ Louis “Kid” Kaplan.

It was no easy task. First, Kaplan last fought in 1933 — 87 years ago. And, second, Kaplan was a lightweight.

How could we possibly link a 135-pounder from a century ago to an active heavyweight champion? Turned out we were able to do it in only 11 steps, which isn’t a lot given the time that has passed.

Check it out:

Louis Kaplan fought …

Cocoa Kid, who fought …

O’Neill Bell, who fought …

Bob Murphy, who fought …

Jake LaMotta, who fought …

Joey Maxim, who fought …

Eddie Machen, who fought …

Joe Frazier, who fought …

George Foreman, who fought …

Axel Shulz, who fought …

Wladimir Klitschko, who fought …

Anthony Joshua, who fought …

Oleksandr Usyk

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of Separation: Linking Fury and Joshua to Ali and Frazier

In the Boxing Junkie feature “Degrees of Separation,” we managed to link Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua with Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1971 “Fight of the Century,” we decided to link current heavyweight titleholders Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua with Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

We managed to do it in only six steps, with both fighters going through common opponent Wladimir Klitschko.

Have a look:

Joe Frazier fought …

Muhammad Ali, who fought …

Larry Holmes, who fought …

Evander Holyfield, who fought …

Ray Mercer, who fought …

Wladimir Klitschko, who fought both …

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of Separation: Linking Filipino greats Flash Elorde, Manny Pacquiao

Degrees of Separation: Linking Japanese greats Fighting Harada and Naoya Inoue

Degrees of Separation: Linking Tyson Fury to first U.K.-born heavyweight champ

Degrees of Separation: Connecting Canelo Alvarez with Mexican legends

Degrees of Separation: Linking the Mayweathers

Degrees of Separation: Linking Manny Pacquiao to Pancho Villa

Degrees of Separation: Linking Fury and Joshua to Ali and Frazier

In the Boxing Junkie feature “Degrees of Separation,” we managed to link Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua with Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1971 “Fight of the Century,” we decided to link current heavyweight titleholders Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua with Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

We managed to do it in only six steps, with both fighters going through common opponent Wladimir Klitschko.

Have a look:

Joe Frazier fought …

Muhammad Ali, who fought …

Larry Holmes, who fought …

Evander Holyfield, who fought …

Ray Mercer, who fought …

Wladimir Klitschko, who fought both …

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of separation: Connecting John L. Sullivan to Deontay Wilder

Degrees of Separation: Linking Filipino greats Flash Elorde, Manny Pacquiao

Degrees of Separation: Linking Japanese greats Fighting Harada and Naoya Inoue

Degrees of Separation: Linking Tyson Fury to first U.K.-born heavyweight champ

Degrees of Separation: Connecting Canelo Alvarez with Mexican legends

Degrees of Separation: Linking the Mayweathers

Degrees of Separation: Linking Manny Pacquiao to Pancho Villa

Degrees of Separation: Linking Canelo Alvarez with first Mexican champ

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections. In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. …

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided we’d try to link Mexican star Canelo Alvarez with the first fighter from his country to win a world title, Battling Shaw, who won the junior welterweight belt via decision over Johnny Jadick in 1933.

We already connected Alvarez with fellow Mexican greats Julio Cesar Chavez, Ruben Olivares and Salvador Sanchez. However, this one — Alvarez to Shaw — would be more complicated because Shaw (born as Jose Perez Flores) last fought in 1938.

We managed to do it in 13 steps.

Note: The country of Shaw’s birth evidently is in dispute. He was born in either Nuevo Loredo in Mexico or just across the U.S. border in Loredo, Texas.

Have a look:

Battling Shaw fought …

Tony Canzoneri, who fought …

Eddie Zivic, who fought …

Marty Servo, who fought …

Sugar Ray Robinson, who fought …

Joey Archer, who fought …

Emile Griffith, who fought …

Vito Antuofermo, who fought …

Marvin Hagler, who fought …

Sugar Ray Leonard, who fought …

Hector Camacho, who fought …

Oscar De La Hoya, who fought …

Floyd Mayweather, who fought …

Canelo Alvarez

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of separation: Connecting John L. Sullivan to Deontay Wilder

Degrees of Separation: Linking Filipino greats Flash Elorde, Manny Pacquiao

Degrees of Separation: Linking Japanese greats Fighting Harada and Naoya Inoue

Degrees of Separation: Linking Tyson Fury to first U.K.-born heavyweight champ

Degrees of Separation: Connecting Canelo Alvarez with Mexican legends

Degrees of Separation: Linking the Mayweathers

Degrees of Separation: Linking Manny Pacquiao to Pancho Villa

Degrees of Separation: Linking Canelo Alvarez with first Mexican champ

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections. In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. …

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided we’d try to link Mexican star Canelo Alvarez with the first fighter from his country to win a world title, Battling Shaw, who won the junior welterweight belt via decision over Johnny Jadick in 1933.

We already connected Alvarez with fellow Mexican greats Julio Cesar Chavez, Ruben Olivares and Salvador Sanchez. However, this one — Alvarez to Shaw — would be more complicated because Shaw (born as Jose Perez Flores) last fought in 1938.

We managed to do it in 13 steps.

Note: The country of Shaw’s birth evidently is in dispute. He was born in either Nuevo Loredo in Mexico or just across the U.S. border in Loredo, Texas.

Have a look:

Battling Shaw fought …

Tony Canzoneri, who fought …

Eddie Zivic, who fought …

Marty Servo, who fought …

Sugar Ray Robinson, who fought …

Joey Archer, who fought …

Emile Griffith, who fought …

Vito Antuofermo, who fought …

Marvin Hagler, who fought …

Sugar Ray Leonard, who fought …

Hector Camacho, who fought …

Oscar De La Hoya, who fought …

Floyd Mayweather, who fought …

Canelo Alvarez

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of separation: Connecting John L. Sullivan to Deontay Wilder

Degrees of Separation: Linking Filipino greats Flash Elorde, Manny Pacquiao

Degrees of Separation: Linking Japanese greats Fighting Harada and Naoya Inoue

Degrees of Separation: Linking Tyson Fury to first U.K.-born heavyweight champ

Degrees of Separation: Connecting Canelo Alvarez with Mexican legends

Degrees of Separation: Linking the Mayweathers

Degrees of Separation: Linking Manny Pacquiao to Pancho Villa

Degrees of Separation: Linking Errol Spence Jr. with Jack Johnson

Boxing Junkie was able to link Errol Spence Jr. with fellow Texan Jack Johnson in 17 steps.

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided we’d try to link two of the greatest fighters Texas has produced — Errol Spence Jr. of Dallas and Hall of Famer Jack Johnson of Galveston.

We weren’t sure whether we could do it. After all, Johnson was a heavyweight while Spence is a welterweight. And the “Galveston Giant” was at his peak more than 100 years ago, although he continued to fight until 1931.

In the end, we were able to do it, but it took 17 steps. Have a look:

Jack Johnson fought …

Jess Willard, who fought …

Jack Dempsey, who fought …

Jack Sharkey, who fought …

Joe Louis, who fought …

Rocky Marciano, who fought …

Archie Moore, who fought …

Muhammad Ali, who fought …

Larry Holmes, who fought …

Evander Holyfield, who fought …

John Ruiz, who fought …

Roy Jones Jr., who fought …

Bernard Hopkins, who fought …

Oscar De La Hoya, who fought …

Floyd Mayweather, who fought …

Manny Pacquiao, who fought …

Chris Algieri, who fought …

Errol Spence Jr.

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of separation: Connecting John L. Sullivan to Deontay Wilder

Degrees of Separation: Linking Filipino greats Flash Elorde, Manny Pacquiao

Degrees of Separation: Linking Japanese greats Fighting Harada and Naoya Inoue

Degrees of Separation: Linking Tyson Fury to first U.K.-born heavyweight champ

Degrees of Separation: Connecting Canelo Alvarez with Mexican legends

Degrees of Separation: Linking the Mayweathers

Degrees of Separation: Linking Manny Pacquiao to Pancho Villa

Degrees of Separation: Linking Errol Spence Jr. with Jack Johnson

Boxing Junkie was able to link Errol Spence Jr. with fellow Texan Jack Johnson in 17 steps.

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided we’d try to link two of the greatest fighters Texas has produced — Errol Spence Jr. of Dallas and Hall of Famer Jack Johnson of Galveston.

We weren’t sure whether we could do it. After all, Johnson was a heavyweight while Spence is a welterweight. And the “Galveston Giant” was at his peak more than 100 years ago, although he continued to fight until 1931.

In the end, we were able to do it, but it took 17 steps. Have a look:

Jack Johnson fought …

Jess Willard, who fought …

Jack Dempsey, who fought …

Jack Sharkey, who fought …

Joe Louis, who fought …

Rocky Marciano, who fought …

Archie Moore, who fought …

Muhammad Ali, who fought …

Larry Holmes, who fought …

Evander Holyfield, who fought …

John Ruiz, who fought …

Roy Jones Jr., who fought …

Bernard Hopkins, who fought …

Oscar De La Hoya, who fought …

Floyd Mayweather, who fought …

Manny Pacquiao, who fought …

Chris Algieri, who fought …

Errol Spence Jr.

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of separation: Connecting John L. Sullivan to Deontay Wilder

Degrees of Separation: Linking Filipino greats Flash Elorde, Manny Pacquiao

Degrees of Separation: Linking Japanese greats Fighting Harada and Naoya Inoue

Degrees of Separation: Linking Tyson Fury to first U.K.-born heavyweight champ

Degrees of Separation: Connecting Canelo Alvarez with Mexican legends

Degrees of Separation: Linking the Mayweathers

Degrees of Separation: Linking Manny Pacquiao to Pancho Villa

Degrees of Separation: Linking Mike Tyson to one of his idols, Jack Dempsey

Boxing Junkie was able to link Mike Tyson to one of his idols, Jack Dempsey, in only seven steps.

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided to link Mike Tyson — who is set for a comeback against Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28 — and a fighter he has always admired, the legendary Jack Dempsey.

Tyson and Dempsey had a lot in common in the ring. They were both ferocious, powerful knockout machines who captured the imagination of fans worldwide and have evolved into legends.

Even their records were similar. Dempsey finished 54-6-8, Tyson 50-6. And, believe it or not, they both had 44 knockouts.

The question for the purposes of this feature: Could we link them by opponents even though Tyson retired 78 years after Dempsey did? Turns out we could. And, remarkably, it took only seven steps.

Check it out:

Jack Dempsey fought …

Jack Sharkey, who fought …

Joe Louis, who fought …

Rocky Marciano, who fought …

Archie Moore, who fought …

Muhammad Ali, who fought …

Larry Holmes, who fought …

Mike Tyson

For fun, we wanted to know how many steps it would take to connect Jones with Dempsey. We did it in nine. Have a look:

Jack Dempsey fought …

Jack Sharkey, who fought …

Joe Louis, who fought …

Rocky Marciano, who fought …

Archie Moore, who fought …

Muhammad Ali, who fought …

Larry Holmes, who fought …

Evander Holyfield, who fought …

James Toney, who fought …

Roy Jones Jr.

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of Separation: Linking Filipino greats Flash Elorde, Manny Pacquiao

Degrees of Separation: Linking Japanese greats Fighting Harada and Naoya Inoue

Degrees of Separation: Linking Tyson Fury to first U.K.-born heavyweight champ

Degrees of Separation: Connecting Canelo Alvarez with Mexican legends

Degrees of Separation: Linking the Mayweathers

Degrees of Separation: Linking Manny Pacquiao to Pancho Villa

Degrees of Separation: Linking Mike Tyson to one of his idols, Jack Dempsey

Boxing Junkie was able to link Mike Tyson to one of his idols, Jack Dempsey, in only seven steps.

Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.

In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.

We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”

Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.

In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided to link Mike Tyson — who is set for a comeback against Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28 — and a fighter he has always admired, the legendary Jack Dempsey.

Tyson and Dempsey had a lot in common in the ring. They were both ferocious, powerful knockout machines who captured the imagination of fans worldwide and have evolved into legends.

Even their records were similar. Dempsey finished 54-6-8, Tyson 50-6. And, believe it or not, they both had 44 knockouts.

The question for the purposes of this feature: Could we link them by opponents even though Tyson retired 78 years after Dempsey did? Turns out we could. And, remarkably, it took only seven steps.

Check it out:

Jack Dempsey fought …

Jack Sharkey, who fought …

Joe Louis, who fought …

Rocky Marciano, who fought …

Archie Moore, who fought …

Muhammad Ali, who fought …

Larry Holmes, who fought …

Mike Tyson

For fun, we wanted to know how many steps it would take to connect Jones with Dempsey. We did it in nine. Have a look:

Jack Dempsey fought …

Jack Sharkey, who fought …

Joe Louis, who fought …

Rocky Marciano, who fought …

Archie Moore, who fought …

Muhammad Ali, who fought …

Larry Holmes, who fought …

Evander Holyfield, who fought …

James Toney, who fought …

Roy Jones Jr.

Could you do it in fewer steps? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can contact me on Twitter. And please follow us!

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Degrees of separation: Connecting John L. Sullivan to Deontay Wilder

Degrees of Separation: Linking Filipino greats Flash Elorde, Manny Pacquiao

Degrees of Separation: Linking Japanese greats Fighting Harada and Naoya Inoue

Degrees of Separation: Linking Tyson Fury to first U.K.-born heavyweight champ

Degrees of Separation: Connecting Canelo Alvarez with Mexican legends

Degrees of Separation: Linking the Mayweathers

Degrees of Separation: Linking Manny Pacquiao to Pancho Villa