Earlier today in Korea we saw Welterweight Rookie of the Year winners collide. In one corner was Korean based Mongolian Batzorig Batjargal (3-0-1, 2), who won the BoxingM Rookie of the Year earlier this year, whilst the other corner played host to the 2017 All Japanese Rookie of the Year at Welterweight Hironori Shigeta (5-1-1, 3) [重田裕紀]
Despite both men being Welterweights there was a clear size difference, with the visitor being taller and longer whilst the local was much more thick set and powerfully built.
In the opening round Shigeta made good use of his physical advantages, catching Batjargal as he came inside and tried to get up close and personal. In round 2 however the Mongolian managed to cut the distance, making life much harder for Shigeta was was again under pressure in round 3, as Batjargal worked some great combinations at close range. Shigeta took the shots well through round 3 for the most part but seemed to be shaken in the final 30 seconds or so, following a hard right hand from Batjargal.
Batjargal's pressure continued to come in round 4, a round that saw Shigeta holding his feet more than he had earlier in the bout, and in fact the Japanese fighter even started to press the fight at times, with some success. Sadly Shigeta's success was often often forgotten as Batjargal simply landed the cleaner, harder blows.
Shigeta refused to just accept a loss and fought valiantly in round 5, making Batjargal feel the pace of his style. Shigeta seemed to hurt Batjargal at the end of the round, and left him with a bloodied nose and a badly swollen left eye.
With both men knowing the final round would be important both went out to win it, and within the first minute both hand landed some booming power shots. Neither wanted to leave any doubt in the mind of the judges and the power shots continued, as both looked to score what would have been a massive knockdown. Neither man however could ever catch the other enough to drop them as we went to the final bell, with the bout very much in the balance.
With such a competitive bout it was a hard one to call, and the judges agreed as the bout was ruled a draw, a very fair outcome and the same as we had it.
(Image courtesy of boxingM)
On October 21st Korean fight fans in Daejeon get a potential treat as Boxing M put on a brilliant looking Korea Vs Japan show, with 7 set bouts, including 5 Korea Vs Japan bouts.
The main event of the show is one of two all Korean bouts, as Doo Hyup Kim (10-6-1, 5) [김두협] takes on Gun Woo Wang (4-2-2, 1) [강건우] in a bout for the Boxing M Korean Light Middleweight title, with Kim making his first defense of the title. Kim won the belt in March, with a narrow decision win over Boo Hyun Baek. Gang on the other hand is getting his second shot at this particular title, and will know that another loss here will likely see him taken out of title altogether, having also lost in a Korean Lightweight title fight.
The only other all-Korean bout will see Chul Yoon Ji (3-3, 1) [지철윤] battle against Dong Young Kang (3-5-2) [강동영] in a contender bout, with the winner likely to face the victor from the main event.
Aside from those two all-Korean bouts the rest of the contests will be Korea Vs Japan, with 5 bouts pitting the two countries against each other.
Those include some really mouth watering contests, including a bout between Min Jang (6-0-2, 2) [장 민] and Fumiya Fuse (6-0, 1) [富施郁哉]. The 18 year old Jang is a tall Super Flyweight, at just under 5'10" and despite having two draws on his record is a very capable and promising youngster. Fuse is also a youngster, but made a bit of a name for himself last year, when he won the All-Japan Rookie of the Year at Bantamweight, stopping Hiroki Tokuyama in 4 rounds to claim the Rookie crown. With both men being youngsters, and both being southpaw this really does look very interesting as a match up.
Another of the really attractive match ups on this card will see Korean based Mongolian Batzorig Batjargal (3-0, 2) face off against the 2017 All Japanese Rookie of the Year at Welterweight Hironori Shigeta (5-1, 3) [重田裕紀]. This, to us, looks like it could be mouth watering with Batjargal having impressed in recent bouts, albeit at the Korean Rookie level and Shigeta riding a 5 fight unbeaten run, including a huge win in the Rookie final against Rikuto Adachi. This should, stylistically, be very exciting.
Sadly at the moment there is no TV for the card yet to be announced, though fingers crossed that it will be made available to watch, as it looks very well matched and very exciting!
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