The Korean boxing scene is a mess, still, but it finally seems like things are being done to sort the mess out, and on September 7th we'll see a card at the Gijang Gymnasium in Busan being recognised by both the KBF and KBM in what looks to be an agreement for the two bodies to work together, something Korean boxing desperately needs if it's to ever become relevant.
Despite the two organisations working together the card isn't a big one, yet it does have an interesting main event, as former OPBF Super Bantamweight title challenger Jin Wook Lim (10-5-5, 4) [임진욱] battles against Jess Rhey Waminal (11-2-1, 6) for the WBA Asia Bantamweight title, in a bout that both men are likely to give their all in, knowing that it could open up bigger and better doors for them.
Lim is best known for coming up short against his most notable opponents. they include Shun Kubo, who retained the OPBF title against Lim in 2016, and Shohei Kawashima, who took a 10 round decision over the Korean. It's notable they are his only losses in the last 7 years and he has scored notable wins over Sa Myung Noh and Seung Suk Chae, whilst also fighting to a draw with the once promising Ye Joon Kim.
The 23 year old Filipino has lost twice against domestic foes, coming up short in 2015 against Carlo Demecillo and then again last year against the under-rated Ben Mananquil, those losses aside he has looked very promising and beaten the likes of Joe Tejones and Margarito Moya. This will be his first fight outside of the Philippines, and only his second title fight, but he shouldn't be over-looked as he ran Mananquil very close in an OPBF interim title bout last year.
We're expecting this bout to be a really exciting one, and a worth while header on what will be an over-looked card by many.
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,
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Earlier today Japanese fans in Kobe saw OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (11-0, 8) [久保隼] retain his title with a 4th round TKO win against over-matched and under-skilled Korean visitor Jin Wook Lim (8-5-5, 2) [임진욱].
The talented Kubo was under some early pressure to begin with, as Lim tried to get in his face, but it didn't take long for Kubo to establish his control of the bout, with his straight left being a particularly notable weapon in staving off the offensive of the Korean, and almost instantly reddening the right eye of Lim.
As the bout went on Kubo began to build on his success and quickly started to break down Lim, who was dropped in roudn 4 and generally beaten at will by Kubo who eventually forced got the stoppage with seconds left in round 5.
For Kubo the defense was his second, and marked a much better performance than May's struggle over Benjie Suganob, though he is still some way from being ready for a world title fight and would benefit by defending his belt against some top domestic talent. For Lim it was unsurprisingly adefeat that many saw coming and showed that he simply wasn't ready for this level of bout, and likely never will be.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Kobe get the chance to attend an OPBF quadruple header with OPBF title bouts at Lightweight, Super Bantamweight, Bantamweight and Minimumweight. Sadly for those not able to make it to the venue the bouts won't be aired live anywhere, not on TV or a streaming service.
Thankfully there is some good news for those unable to go to the show and that's that Kansai TV will be aired delayed highlights from the show on Tuesday/Wednesday with a 90 minute timeslot given to the card part of a pragram "The Real Fight".
The show will officially be aired on Tuesday night at 25:40 on Tuesday, or 1:40am Wednesday mornign for those unfamiliar with the Japanese method of timetabling late night broadcasts.
Despite having a 90 minute TV window it's unclear how they will be showing the bouts, which feature Shun Kubo (10-0, 7) [久保隼] defending his Super Bantamweight title against Korean visitor Jin Wook Lim (8-4-5, 2) [임진욱 ], Masayoshi Nakatani (12-0, 7) [中谷 正義] defending his Lightweight title against Filipino Allan Tanada (14-5-3, 6), Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (18-4, 15) [山本 隆寛] taking on Filipino Mark John Yap (24-12, 10) and a bout for the vacant Minimumweight title between Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2, 3) [山中 竜也] and former WBO world champion Merlito Sabillo (25-3-1, 12).
Hopefully, for hose not in Kansai, video of the broadcast will hit the internet in the days that follow the broadcast, if not there's a chance that those outside of the region won't be able to see any footage other than fan cam video of the bouts in question, a real shame given the talent thta will be in action
Tomorrow fight fans in Kobe get a treat with 4 OPBF title fights all on the same show. One of those is at Super Bantamweight Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (10-0, 7) [久保隼] defends his title against Korean visitor Jin Wook Lim (8-4-5, 2) [임진욱].
Today, ahead of their bout, Kubo and Lim both weighed in and both made weight for the bout.
On the scales the much taller Kubo was the heavier man, with the champion weighing in at around 121¾lbs. The weight is comfortably under the 122lb limit, but is around Kubo's typical weight with the Japanese fighter coming in between 121lbs and 122lbs for the 7th time in 11 bouts.
Lim on the under-hard was well under the limit, coming in at 121¼lbs. Despite being well under the limit the weight was actually one of Lim's heaviest, though is well under his debut weight of 127½lbs from back in 2009. Although in good condition the shorter Korean is taking a huge step up in class here and it will be his first bout outside of Korea.
Shun Kubo looks to make next defense as he takes on Korean challenger Lim
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