The crazy world of boxing in Korea got an interesting announcement this week, though one made on very short notice for a show set to take place on October 29th, as part of the newest Korean boxing board.
The card will be headlined by two interim WBC EPBC title bouts.
One of those is an interim WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Lightweight title bout, as Il Kwon Kim (6-3, 3) faces off against Ryo Akahori (6-3, 1). The bout will is scheduled for 10 rounds and the winner will likely be moved into a bout for the full version of the crown, possibly in 2017. Last time out Kim won the KBC Lightweight title, with an opening round win over Gun Woo Gang, but that is his only fight in in the last 36 months. Akahori on the other hand has fought just once in 5 years and is unlikely to be much of a threat for Kim given that stretch of inactivity.
The other title bout will see Woo Min Won (8-1, 5) battle against Taisho Oazawa (21-8-2, 13) for the interim WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Light Welterweight title. Won is one of Korea's most notable hopefuls and is a former Korean Light Welterweight champion, who scored a huge win back in May against Daiki Koide, stopping Koide in the 3rd round to record a third straight stoppage win. The 36 year old Ozawa wil be ending a 3 year break from the ring for this bout and fighting for the first time since a 2013 loss to Rey Labao, and he will be making his international debut.
The under-card features 2 other Korea Vs Japan bouts though at the moment it doesn't appear that the show will be televised or broadcast online in what appears to be a strange move from the promoter, who we have been informed holds a rather large kitty for Korean boxing could help attract new fans. It's clear some of that kitty has been spent here on the WBC EPBC sanctioning fees as well as the fighters but it wouldn't have cost much for the promoter to follow other Korean promoters and stream the show on youtube.
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