Earlier today in Qingdao, China there was a new OPBF "Silver" Welterweight champion being crowned, as China's Youli Dong (16-2-1, 9) [董有礼] took a decision over Korean foe In Duck Seo (12-3-2, 7) [서인덕].
The bout, the main event of a SECA/Top Rank card, began with Dong getting a surprise knockdown within just a few seconds, as he dropped Seo with a jab. Dong seemed to build on the early knockdown through much of the round but it wasn't long until Seo started to come back at him as the bout started to warm, both men began to unload heavy shots at the other.
Although both were through bombs, it wasn't all action, as they both seemed to take it in turns to let their hands go, giving us action in exciting spots, and then both resetting before the next mini-skirmish.
Despite not being the most intense fight both were landing clean and the clean shots were taking their toll, with both men tiring in the middle rounds, and both showing the scars of battle on their faces as the bout went on. Dong's nose was bloodied by round 5, and blood was smeared across his face by the end of the round, whilst Seo's face was marking up. Not only were both showing signs of damage but as they tired and slowed their footwork began to get worse and the back and forths came more and more frequently, as Seo's pressure began to catch up with Dong.
With Seo bringing the pressure it it was down to Dong to deal with it, and that's what he did, for the most part, with smart footwork, clean and effective punching and good upper body movement, making the Korean miss. Dong could never stop the forward march of Seo, who never looked like going down for a second time, but he was finding the space and timing to out box the clumsy Korean.
Unlike many OPBF title fights this one was only scheduled for 10 and it was in that round that both men let their hands go more freely, giving us one of the rounds of the fight. Despite the effort from Seo he had clearly not done enough over all, and it was no surprise when Don'g hand was raised and the belt was strapped around his waste.
For Seo this is a second loss after his huge up KO against Tysinn Best last year. as for Dong this was a second straight win and sees him continue to rebuil following his loss in Namibia to Mikka Shonena, back in August 2019.
The lightly regarded Korean Boxing Association (KBA) announced that they will be sanctioning a show in September and although their shows tend to be rather poor the September one actually looks like it could be somewhat solid.
The supposed main event will see Unbeaten Korean Bo Mi Re Shin (7-0-3, 3) [신보미레] take on Chinese visitor Jinyan Gao (2-0, 2), in what will be a WIBA Super Featherweight title defense for the local.
Shin made her debut in 2016 and despite starting her career 3-0-3 she has since reeled off 4 straight wins, including a notable TKO win over Chika Mizutani and a decision win over Rupinder Kaur for the WIBA title. On the other hand Gao made her debut in 2017, but has completely failed to remain active, with her last bout coming in September 2018, almost a year after her debut.
Whilst the main event isn't a hugely appealing bout the co-feature is and will see In Duck Seo (12-1-2, 7) [서인덕] look to build on his big KO win against Tysinn Best (10-1, 3) in June as he takes on Uzbek Khusniddin Pulatov (7-3, 5) for the WBA Asia Welterweight title.
For Seo this will be his first chance to pick up an international title, and really will give him a great chance to build on the highlight reel KO of Best in Australia. It is however a tough ask and a win would clearly be his second most impressive, behind the win over Best. As for Pulatov the fight sees him dropping down in weight, from Light Middleweight where he already holds the WBA Asia title as he looks to score his 6th straight win, following a trio of setbacks in 2017.
Sadly at the moment no details of the broadcast coverage for these two bouts has been revealed, though it does seem almost certain the KBA will make them available in the days following the bout.
Korea fighter In Duck Seo (12-1-2, 7) [서인덕] made his international debut earlier today, and did so in eye catching fashion, as he upset previously unbeaten Australian Tysinn Best (10-1, 3) inside a round.
The fight seemed like a good one on paper, but one of those where a local promoter has matched the local hopeful against an import with a good looking record but no real buzz. Seo however didn't play the part of the travelling loser, and instead came out like a man with a point to prove.
From the opening moments Seo was aggressive, pumping out the jab and firing the right hand over the top. Best managed to force Seo back, and have some real moments with a flurry, but never managed to hurt Seo, who literally waved his man in. Another assault from Best again backed up Seo but once again Seo took it well, created some space and came back firing, dropping Best with a combination, which ended with massive over-hand right.
Best got to his feet but looked gone. Had he been the away fighter the referee would almost certainly have stopped him there and then. Instead Best was given the benefit of the doubt, a horrible mistake from the referee. Seo charged in and unloaded some huge power shots, sending Best crashing to the canvas face first to record an opening round KO win, at an official time of 2:58 of the opening round.
Thankfully Best did regain his senses after what was a truly brutal knock out. For the Australian it's a huge set back, whilst Seo has just made a huge statement win and put himself on the international map.
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.
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