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.
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