Indonesian promoter Hodlif Hun announced that his next show would take place in Jakarta on March 29th, and would feature 7 bouts in total. It's not a huge card, or one that will capture much international attention but does feature some interesting sub stories, including a couple of 6 round bouts for the promoters own title, something we seem to be seeing a lot of in Indonesia this year, a 12 round national title bout and some notable under-card fighters.
The most notable fighter involved in the 4 round under-card bouts is the unbeaten Patrick Liukhoto (9-0-1, 7), a very promising Indonesian prospect, who really should be in more testing bouts than he's in here against a domestic journeyman.
In the 2 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds we'll see the promoters titles on the line. One of those bouts will Musa Andy Letding (12-10-4, 6) taking on Boido Simanjuntak (24-53-2, 10), in a bout set at Lightweight, whilst the other will be at Heavyweight and will see Marco Tuhumury (13-22-2, 5) battle Rahman Ambodalle (6-11-2, 3), in a bout to finish their trilogy.
It's the 12 round main event that really is the big story however as Flasidus Nuno (1-0) fights for an Indonesian Bantamweight title against Dedi Saputra (2-5) in a 12 round bout. Whilst Saputra is nothing special it is risky putting Nuno in a 12 round bout at this early stage of his career, given he has only had 4 rounds as a professional, though we're going to look forward to seeing how he does here. Saputra hasn't beaten anyone of note, but has mixed with good domestic opposition and could certainly cause Nuno problems here.
The main event of a BoxingM show today in Dongducheon, South Korea, saw the BoxingM Super Featherweight title have a new champion, as Dong Kwan Lee (10-2-2, 4) [이동관] took a decision over Hyun Je Shin (10-9, 2) [신현제], who was looking for his first defense of the belt.
The fight started at a brilliant pace, and despite the fact the ring looked huge the two men didn't take long to find each other in the center of the ring and begin having a phone booth war. The high tempo, and up close action continued into round 2, though it was Shin often looking like the man with more wrinkles to his game, getting out of range and choosing when to come in. Sadly for Shin he more intelligent footwork didn't really help him when it came to actually trading blows, which is where Lee excelled, with crisper and cleaner punching.
By round 3 both men began to show signs of feeling the tempo, but neither wanted to give an inch and it meant we continued to get some amazing back and forth action up close with bombs from both landing cleanly. It wasn't the cleanest or most technically beautiful action you're going to see, but it was all out action with neither wanting to be the one to back off.
Whilst the action would slow down as the fight went on the style never changed with both feeling like they were getting the better of fight in a thrilling, action packed inside war. It seemed like Lee was the one landing the hard shots, but Shin was often the man who seemed to be out landing his foe.
One of the very rare breaks in action was in round 8, when Shin had to see the doctor due to a cut over his right eye. It was a pretty brutal cut in fairness, but he seemed fine to continue and would instantly go back to having a war with Lee when the fight resumed.
Despite both men throwing, and seemingly landing, a huge number of punches we some how ended up reaching the final bell. The only round not to be action packed was the final one, with Lee backing off more than he had in the previous 9 rounds, likely feeling like he had done more than enough to take the win. Even though he backed off he wasn't able to avoid some wildly entertaining sequences with Shin who kept coming forward and trying to make it into a tear up.
At the final bell both men celebrated, both looked exhausted, and both looked like they had been in a hard, pulsating 2-way fight. It had been a very special fight, and we suspect that it will be on the short list for the 2019 Korean fight of the Year.
The referee got the fighters to center ring and ended up raising Lee's hand, in what we believe was a split decision, to crown the new champion. This was Lee's 7th win in his last 8 and he looked very strong at Super Featherweight, a surprise given he had fought at Super Bantamweight last September. For Shin this does end his reign but the 24 year old will likely bounce back, and will have built on his reputation despite losing.
Earlier today fight fans in Dongducheon, in South Korea, saw Hyun Min Yang (6-2, 5)* [양현민] defeat Gyun Hyun Lee (2-4-1) [이규현] to become the new Korean Middleweight champion in an bout that saw an early ending due to a nasty cut suffered by Lee.
Early on it looked like Lee was the more skilled operator, but his lack of power did little to get Yang's respect and Yang would show a willingness to take one to land one, knowing his power was more hurtful. Despite being the lighter puncher it was Yang who was the man trying to do damage, especially in round 2 as he set the tempo for the fight and Yang was made to look clumsy and crude, missing and being tagged through his guard.
In round 7 Lee would be cut from an accidental headclash, leaving him busted over the right eye. It wasn't the first headclash between the two men, and it wouldn't be the last, but was the first to leave any real damage and Lee would need to pass a lengthy doctor's inspection. Despite passing the inspection he was a a fighter he with a clear bullseye on his face, and was also tiring, after 6 good rounds.
Yang seemed to be inspired by his opponents injury and began to unload some big head shots. The cut would worsen afterwards with Yang's heavy hands not only aiming for the cut but Lee's head in general, with his hooks being particularly eye catching. You could tell in round 8 that Yang was really enjoying himself, whilst Lee would be given another look over by the ring side doctor. The cut caused by the headclash had worsened drastically, but he was allowed to continue on.
At the start of round 9 Lee would be given another doctor's inspection, and this time the bout would be stopped. Both fighters were then given time to catch their breath and put their gowns on before joining the referee in center ring, where Yang would have his hand raised in victory.
Although it's not totally clear what the specific result was, with one Korean fan posing the questioning to the broadcaster on their youtube, it would appear to be a technical decision for Yang at the start of round 9.
Earlier today at the Citizen Hall in Dongducheon, South Korea fans had their latest chance to see rising Korean teenager prospect Jeong Han Cha (5-0, 5) [차정한] score his latest win, stopping the previously unbeaten Yun Seong Kim (3-1, 1) [김윤성] in the second round.
The bout, which was scheduled for 6 rounds, was a genuine real test for the 18 year old Cha, who really is a baby faced destroyer. In the end however the bout ended up being a bit of a beating for the 24 year old Kim, who struggled to cope with the power and aggression of the younger man, despite having a good opening round.
Cha applied pressure in the first round, looking to control the bout with his heavy jab and powerful straight left. Despite being under pressure Kim did have some real moments of success, fighting like a man who was wary of Cha's vaunted power. Kim managed to keep the fight at range during the opening round and countered really well when Cha missed. The counters of Kim left Cha with a bloodied nose and also seemed to rock him part way through the round.
Sadly for Kim the pressure from Cha intensified in round 2, with Cha really moving through the gears. He quickly dragged Kim into his fight and let his combinations go up close, rather than sticking to single shots as he had in the opening rounds. Kim had some moments when the men traded blows, but he would go crumple in a heap from a straight left hand to the body in a delayed reaction.
The shot, which was really easy to miss on first viewing in real time, was replayed several times and really did look an absolute peach of a shot, though was seemingly ruled low with the bout continuing after Kim had time to recover. When the bout resumed Cha was back on the offensive and dropped Kim a second time, this time landing head shots. Kim would be counted out this time.
Despite the win there was a lot of areas for Cha to improve on. He is one of, if not the, best prospect in Korea with a style that resembles the great Korean's of the past, with brutal power in both hands. Defensively there are holes there, that his team need to work on, which were shown in the opening round, but few can argue with just how exciting he is.
Cha, more than anyone other fighter in Korea right now, looks like a throw back to the Korean golden age, and for the sake of the sport in Korea we hope he can tidy up his defensive work and go on to become one of the country's next big stars.
Earlier this month the WBO ordered negotiations for a mandatory title fight between WBO Flyweight world champion Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23) and mandatory challenger Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21).
The WBO gave the teams from both men 15 days to sort a deal, and yesterday announced that a deal hadn't been reached, so they were ordering a purse bid for the bout.
The purse bid is now set to take place on February 28th in San Juan, with a minimum bid of $100,000.
The bout will be a second meeting between the two men, who fought to a draw last year. Following their draw both men have picked up a win, with Nietes defeating Kazuto Ioka to win the title, and become a 4-weight champion, and Palicte beating Jose Martinez to become the mandatory challenger for the belt.
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