Earlier today at the Citizen Hall in Dongducheon, South Korea fans had their latest chance to see rising Korean teenager prospect Jeong Han Cha (5-0, 5) [차정한] score his latest win, stopping the previously unbeaten Yun Seong Kim (3-1, 1) [김윤성] in the second round.
The bout, which was scheduled for 6 rounds, was a genuine real test for the 18 year old Cha, who really is a baby faced destroyer. In the end however the bout ended up being a bit of a beating for the 24 year old Kim, who struggled to cope with the power and aggression of the younger man, despite having a good opening round.
Cha applied pressure in the first round, looking to control the bout with his heavy jab and powerful straight left. Despite being under pressure Kim did have some real moments of success, fighting like a man who was wary of Cha's vaunted power. Kim managed to keep the fight at range during the opening round and countered really well when Cha missed. The counters of Kim left Cha with a bloodied nose and also seemed to rock him part way through the round.
Sadly for Kim the pressure from Cha intensified in round 2, with Cha really moving through the gears. He quickly dragged Kim into his fight and let his combinations go up close, rather than sticking to single shots as he had in the opening rounds. Kim had some moments when the men traded blows, but he would go crumple in a heap from a straight left hand to the body in a delayed reaction.
The shot, which was really easy to miss on first viewing in real time, was replayed several times and really did look an absolute peach of a shot, though was seemingly ruled low with the bout continuing after Kim had time to recover. When the bout resumed Cha was back on the offensive and dropped Kim a second time, this time landing head shots. Kim would be counted out this time.
Despite the win there was a lot of areas for Cha to improve on. He is one of, if not the, best prospect in Korea with a style that resembles the great Korean's of the past, with brutal power in both hands. Defensively there are holes there, that his team need to work on, which were shown in the opening round, but few can argue with just how exciting he is.
Cha, more than anyone other fighter in Korea right now, looks like a throw back to the Korean golden age, and for the sake of the sport in Korea we hope he can tidy up his defensive work and go on to become one of the country's next big stars.
Back in October we spoke excitedly about Korean teenager Jeong Han Cha (4-0, 4) [차정한], who had just scored his third win at the time. Today he was back in the ring and again picked up a stoppage win, as he took out Gun Ho Lee (3-2, 1) [이건호] in 3 rounds.
The bout was the second meeting between the two, who also fought in February when Cha stopped Lee in 2 rounds, and despite this one going longer the 18 year again picked up the win and continued his momentum, which is really building up more than that of almost all his countrymen.
Although footage of this bout isn't available, yet at least, we have been told that Cha again impressed.
It's too early to claim that Cha will rebuild the Korean scene, but he did make it into our "19 for 19" list, in the teenager's section, and he does look like a genuinely fun, exciting, hard hitting prospect. He's probably not going to single handedly put Korean boxing back on the map, but he could be part of the charge that does eventually help Korean boxing get back on it's feet.
We do have high hopes for Cha and really hope BoxingM help him develop his skills and experience, rather than push him into international bouts before he's read. He's one of the very best things in Korean boxing, and should be matched like the promising youngster than he is.
For those who want to read the first the aforementioned "19 for 19" you can click here 19 for 19: Part 1 - The Teenage Prospects and see what we said about Cha there.
It's not often that we get tipped off on Korean prospects, sadly, but this past week we were given a rare tip off in regards to 18 year old prospect Jeong Han Cha (3-0, 3) [차정한], who scored his third win last weekend and looked like a real one to watch.
The youngster was up again Shin Hee Min (1-1) [민신희], who has fought with some success in MMA and had won his boxing debut back in July. Despite Min's combat sport experience he was made to look like a ring novice against the sharp, accurate and exciting southpaw teen.
Midway through the round Cha landed a hard left hand that seemed to hurt Min, Min tried to fire back but it seemed to just stir up Cha who would show off his combination punching before landing two dynamite left hands through the guard of his foe. Min would recover to his feet and see off the round, but it clear that Cha was one to watch.
In round 2 Cha would again look like a devastating puncher, dropping his man hard after around 30 seconds of the round. Not only had Min been dropped but his nose had been busted wide open in what was a brutal finish from the youngster.
Whilst we genuinely impressed by Cha, especially with his aggression and power, there is a real roughness to him and we suspect that his team know he's a raw puncher right now. Thankfully that gives them something to work on, and if they do develop his boxing skills he may well be a rare shining light in the world of Korean boxing.
A big thanks to the brilliant The Fight Pod for bringing Cha to out attention!
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