This past Monday the KBF announce their next show, set for May 6th in Yesan. The card will part of their Rookie of the Year tournament but the main event won't be part of the tournament, instead it will see their Super Middleweight champion Geun Sik Choi (4-0, 3) [최근식] taking a huge step up in class to face upset minded Filipino visitor Arnel Tinampay (23-20-1, 9), a criminally under-rated danger man.
Choi, who has been one of many frustrating Koreans in recent times, debuted back in 2014 but then took more than a year out of the ring before having a great 2016 with 3 straight wins, including his title winning performance against compatriot Jong Min Bang in October. That win aside there is is little to be excited about on paper, though the Korean was a former amateur standout and many in Korea have been talking excitedly about him, and his potential.
Although on paper Tinampay looks like a typical journeyman he has proven to be the opposite picking up a string of upsets during his career, which began back in 2003. He has been in therewith the likes of Sirimongkol Singwancha and Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and never been stopped, whilst picking up wins against the likes of Dondon Sultan, Dan Nazareno Jr, Yosuke Kirima, Shoma Fukumoto and Koshinmaru Saito.
The bout should be a real test for Choi, who should be favoured but won't be able to walk through the Filipino. If Choi can score a stoppage it would be a big statement, though even thinking it will be a straight forward win for the Korean would be a massive mistake!
It's fair to say that your typical, modern day, boxing fan won't be able to many, if any, active Korean fighters. This weekend however they will get the chance to see a card from Korea live and for free with promoter Daehan Boxing putting their next show on youtube, as well as Korean channel KBS N Sports.
The broadcast on youtube, which we've embedded below, will begin with the under-card bouts, which will feature mostly low level contests though does have touted Japanese female fighter Chaoz Minowa (1-0, 1) [チャオズ箕輪] battling Chan Mi Lim (2-1, 2) in a 6 rounder in the final of the under-card bouts.
Now it's not clear if the Youtube broadcast will show the entire card, though suspicion is that it might, which would mean that fans tuning in to the free stream will get the chance to see a Korean Super Middleweight title fight, between defending champion Geun Sik Choi (3-0, 2) [최근식] and challenger Bang Jong Min (3-6-1)* [방종민], a non title fight between Dong Hee Kim (5-1-1, 1) and Filipino Ernie Sanchez (15-8-1, 6) as well as the main event bout between Je Ni Ma (9-1-3, 8) [마제니] battle Hironobu Matsunaga (10-1, 5) [松永 宏], who face off for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title.
Although Korean boxing certainly isn't riding high there is hope there and with more shows being streamed it can help raise the profile and awareness of the Korean scene, which is seemingly on the upturn even if it's a long, long, long way from it's prime of the 80's.
For those interested in the feed you can either book mark this page, and watch it below, or go to to the promoters youtube channel, which is here 대한프로모션.
The KBF have confirmed that the unbeaten Geun Sik Choi (3-0, 2) [최근식] will get his first title bout in October, as he fights for the KBF Super Middleweight title. The former amateur star will be up against Bang Jong Min (3-6-1)* [방종민] who fought in 2013 for the Korean title, back before the Korean title picture became a mess of KBF, KBC, KBA and KPBF.
This bout will take place an intriguing card on October 9th and will see Choi attempt to build on a really promising start to his professional career, which has been stop-and-start to say the least. The unbeaten fighter debuted in October 2014 then spent more than a year away from the ring before returning in March this year, when he beat Se He Joo and then against this past June when he scored a 90 second victory over Muhammad Imam. Despite the inactivity he does look like he has the tools to make a mark, at least regionally.
Little really stands about Min, though his boxrec is apparently lacking one of his career defeats as recognised by the KBF. Given his record he is supposed to be there to lose to the unbeaten Choi who could become another face for the KBF, who have pushed Ye Joon Kim and Su Yun Hong hard and appear to be doing the same with Je Ni Ma. Despite being the under-dog Min is the more experienced fighter and debuted way back in 2008!
For those who haven't see Choi we have included a video of him below.
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