Just moments ago we saw the BoxingM Light Middleweight title being successfully defended as 38 year old Doo Hyup Kim (10-6-2, 5) [김두협] held 21 year old challenger Gun Woo Gang (4-2-3, 1) [강건우] to a very debatable draw.
The fight started in a frantic fashion as Gang went on to the front foot straight away, suggesting he didn't want a feeling out round to begin the fight. He looked to set an insane pace against the 38 year old champion who was unable to match him through much of the opening 3 minutes. Although clearly outworked Kim did have moments and his shots seemed heavier than Gang's, though it was a clear round in favour of the challenger.
Gang's intense work rate continued into round 2 as Kim stood in front of him, soaking up the shots and tried to come back with his heavier, but much slower blows. The youngster seemed to be backing himself to either stop the defending champion, or have a big enough lead to cruise the later rounds, it was clear however in round 3 that he was the one feeling the pace as his work rate dropped. It was another round for the challenger, but his output had dropped and Kim was getting opportunities to work with some space.
The challenger tried to up the pace gain in round 4, but again Kim was getting some space to work and was starting to hold his own on the inside, with some very notable and heavy looking shot to the body of the challenger. The pace continued to slow in round 5, but Gang was fighting more intelligently, preventing Kim from controlling the range, and not giving the champion the openings to land as many shots as he had in the previous round. Sadly for Gang that intelligence went out the window in round 6 as he stood toe-to-toe with Kim for much of the round, allowing Kim to land some huge left hands to the body of the youngster.
The intensity of Gang picked up again early in round 7, as he backed Kim on to the ropes and unloaded, then did the same on another set of ropes. It was clear that he wasn't just wanting to win but was wanting to win by stoppage, even if it involved taking extra risks. That same mentality saw him continue to pound away up close in round 8. Kim began to respond by fighting fire with fire as we got some remarkable 2-way action, with Kim fighting his way off the ropes then turning the tables on the challenger. Gang would regain control to start round 9 and he would continue to out work and out land the champion, though his lack of power was prolonging the beating for the brave champion, who was again on the receiving end of a storm of punches in the final round.
On our card it seemed like the challenger deserved the decision, he had forced the fight, our worked the champion and seemingly out landed him by a considerable amount. Amazingly however the draw was the 4th successive draw on the show!
(Image courtesy of boxingM)
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