The Korean fight scene had a big shot in the arm this past weekend with an excellent KBM show, featuring a couple of KBM title fights and the latest win from teenage sensation Jeong Han Cha. It's now been confirmed that it's going to get another one on March 3rd, with a KBF show that features several notable fighters.
One of those bouts is an excellent match up between In Duck Seo (10-1-2, 6) [서인덕] and Heuk San Lee (9-0-2, 4) [이흑산], who will be fighting for the KBF Welterweight title.
Seo is the current KBF champion, having won the title last September when he beat Moon Sung Choi. He began his career 8-0 (5), and despite some recent set backs he did score his title win in his last bout and at 24 he is still a maturing fighter. Lee is a Korean based Cameroonian fighter who has become a bit of a star in Korea and is a former BoxingM Light Middleweight champion. He's associated with TAP Boxing who will be looking to score his 4th straight win since fighting to a draw with Ma Roo Jung last July.
Another notable fighter on this card will be Ye Joon Kim (16-1-2, 8) [김예준] who takes on Thai visitor Anocha Phuangkaew (2-0, 2). On paper this looks like a mismatch in favour of Kim, who was once seen as the potential saviour of Korean, though the Thai fighter has got a reported 45-5 record in Muay Thai and could end up being a surprise package here.
A second KBF title fight will take place at 154lbs and see Dong Woo Kim (5-2, 3) [김동우] battle against Tae Young Suh (4-0-1) [서태영]. Neither of these have the profile of the men involved in the Welterweight title bout. Kim has scored 1 win in his last 3 bouts whilst Suh is unbeaten but has yet to score a stoppage.
On September 15th fight fans in Korea will get the chance to attend an interesting, but low key, double header featuring a regional title fight and a KBF title fight on the next Buffalo Promoted KBF sanctioned card.
The regional title fight will see Buffalo promoted Uzbek fighter Khusniddin Pulatov (9-3, 5) face off with Indonesian veteran Sahlan Coral (17-6, 10) for the WBA Asia Light Middleweight title.
The 26 year old Pulatov, from Pahtaobod in Uzbekistan, made his professional debut in May 2016 and after stringing together 5 straight wins, he was moved up in class to face Sergey Lubkovich in Russia. Lubkovich stopped the Uzbek in 4 rounds and sadly Pulatov would then suffer two more stoppage losses in his following 3 bouts, falling from 5-0 to 6-3 in the space of 8 months. Thankfully since that run of bad form Pulatov has turned his career around and scored 3 low key wins, including winning his Korean debut this past May.
At 29 years old Coral is the slightly older man but the Indonesian is already a 10 year veteran, having debuted back in early 2008. Much of his early career was fought in his homeland, though he would actually score a win on his international debut back in March 2013, when he beat Mike Reid in Australia, to advance his record to 7-2.The win over Reid was followed by a 6 fight winning run at home before losing a 12 round bout to Larry Siwu in October 2015. Sadly since that loss Coral has gone 3-3, including a stoppage loss to the very highly regarded Azizbek Abdugofurov, with his last fight coming in August 2017.
It's not a great fight, but it's one that both men will be wanting to win, to advance their career.
The other part of the double header will be a KBF Welterweight title bout, which will see In Duck Seo (9-1-2, 6) take on Moon Sung Choi (6-1-1, 2) in what looks to be a very well matched domestic title bout for the fans at the event.
This past weekend Friday Korean fight fans had their latest chance to catch a KBF show, with the headline bout being a Korean title bout between Dong Hee Kim (7-1-2, 2) [김동희] and In Duck Seo (8-0-1, 5) [서인덕].
The fight saw the two men trade knockdowns during the fight, but at the end neither man had done enough to claim victory with the bout ending in a draw, resulting in Kim recording his first defense of the KBF Light Welterweight title.
For fans interesting in watching the bout it will be shown on Korean TV on tape delay later this month.
Sadly specific details on the bout are hard to come by with even our usual Korean sources having very limited details, and the only real footage we've seen of the bout has been courtesy of busanmbc.co.kr, who featured some very brief highlights of the bout.
On May 27th Korean fight fans will get an interesting double header courter of the KBF, along with promotional outfits J. Nine Promotions and Buffalo Promotions. The card, to be held in Busan, isn't the deepest or most interesting but it is a notable one domestically for Korean fight fans and could, potentially, help shape not only the Korean scene at 140lbs and 122lbs but also see a notable player emerge in both divisions for the Oriental scene at large.
The Super Bantamweight bout will see Jin Wook Lim (8-5-5, 2) defending his title against promising 21 year old Yo Han Bae (7-2-2, 1). Of the two fighters Lim is the more experienced and the more well known, having notable faced Satoshi Shimizu in Japan, but Bae has shown the more potential and the youngster will be looking at this bout as his chance to make a statement and claim his first professional silverware.
At 140lbs we'll see Dong Hee Kim (7-1-1, 2) defending his KBF crown against the unbeaten In Duck Seo (8-0, 5). For Kim this will be the first defense of a title he won last year, and he will be looking to stretch an 8 fight unbeaten record following a debut loss. As for Seo this bout will be his first title bout, but the 22 year old does look like a really promising fighter and will see this as a chance to not only claim a Korean belt but also begin to move towards an Oriental title fight.
The show looks set to be shown on MBC Sport in Korea and more details are expected to be made public in the coming weeks,
(Image courtesy of the KBF)
Earlier this month we reported that there would be a KBF Vs KBC show on January 22nd, with the show setting the two most notable Korean boxing bodies against each other in a remarkable, and potentially massive, show that could help Korean boxing develop in a huge way.
Today that sow was officially announced at the Ramada Hotel in Seoul with the fighters and the teams from the two bodies showing up for the press conference, and talking about the longer term plans.
It seems that both the KBF and KBC are proud of working together for the show, but neither view this as a one off, in stead they view it as the first step towards unifying the two bodies and creating a single major body in Korea, allowing them to fight the threats of the KPBF, KBA and BoxingM together.
At the moment there still seems to be a long way to go before that happens, but with a number of shows in the works for the joint venture it does look like something both parties are wanting to work towards, and both will be looking to do their best to improve Korean boxing. There is however still talks about what name the joint organisation will take, with both parties said to be determined to keep their name for the eventual unified body.
As for the boutson the show, the main event willsee Sa Myung Noh (9-2, 2) battle against Nam Joon Lee (8-5-3, 4) in a Featherweight bout set for 10 rounds. The bout is a genuinely intriguing one with Noh having mixed with the most notable names currently in Korean boxing, losing to Kin Wook Lim and Ye Joon Kim whilst holding a win over Teiru Atsumi, who has gone on to make waves in Japan. As for Lee he has valuable international experience with losses to Qiu Xiao Jun and Masatoshi Kotani but has shown in those defeats that he is a capable fighter and will have no fear at all of facing Noh.
The under-card features two other KBF Vs KBC bouts. One of those is an 8 round Welterweight contest which will see 18 year old I Hoon Jung (5-2-1, 4) face off with the unbeaten In Duck Seo (7-0, 4) whilst the other main support bout will be a Super Flyweight contest between Kyung Hwan Song (3-0, 1) and Yo Han Bae (7-2-1, 1), in what looks like a huge step up for the 19 year old Song.
If the KBC and KBF can work together, as they plan to do, for more than just a single show then we'll be able to get excited about Korean boxing once again. Fingers crossed that the two organisations are doing more than just talk here, but many in Korea have heard about unification for too long to just believe people when the word is mentioned.
(Image courtesy of the KBF)
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