One of the biggest complains in boxing is the political discourse that runs through the sport. Be it a promotional politics, politics with the alphabet boys or even at national commission level, there is simply too much political wrangling in the sport, and too many things that are inconsistent, problematic and confusing.
One of the worst countries for the political mess that we've got is South Korea, where there are numerous commissions and political affiliations, including the KBC, KBF and KBA, as well as a powerful management outfit, Korea Boxing M (KBM).
Earlier this week the KBM revealed that they had been holding a convention with the KBF, and whilst they haven't agreed to integrate, they have put down some agreements for the betterment of the sport in Korea.
The two will recognise each other as professional boxing organisations, and will work together. Notably they will not do the same with any other of the political factions in Korea, freezing out the KBA and KABC among others.
As part of their new working relationship they will only have 1 champion, unifying the titles of their relevant organisations to give us an all Korean champion. Connected to that is the fact the two will have join rankings. A huge step in having a single, solid and clear narrative in Korean boxing.
The organisations have agreed that if a fighter affiliated with a gym recognised by either organisation competes in an event run by an organisation they don't recognise, the gym license will be cancelled the fighter will not be recognised by either organisations.
This might not seem like a huge story, but for Korean boxing to have a unified vision is a great thing, and we're really hoping this is something that both parties do commit to long term.
Korean boxing is, at times, a total mess. As a result of this mess some bouts, posters and stories can slip through the cracks and fail to get the attention they deserve. One such case is a world title fight that is set to take place this coming Sunday in Daegu.
The bout in question will see WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (10-0-1, 3) facing off against the very limited Thai challenger Keanpetch Superchamps (6-9-1).
The bout, which is really a mismatch, will be Choi's second bout of the year, coming more than 6 months after her successful defense against Chika Mizutani back in May. It will also be Choi's second bout against Kaenpetch, who she stopped in 8 rounds, back in May 2014.
The champion, who won a world title in her debut back in 2008, is one of the Korean fighters who has managed to receive attention, and whilst not a star she is one of Korea's most notable fighters and one of the few gems who fights under the KBA banner.
The challenger on the other hand is a very limited fighter who debuted in 2011 and began her career 1-5. She did then have some success, that lead to her first bout against Choi, though she has now suffered a trio of stoppage losses and it seems like she's going to pose no threat at all to Choi.
Details regarding the rest of the card are scarce however we have been made aware that Iranian fighter Mohamadreza Hamze (7-6-1, 2) will be in action in, what we think, is a rematch with Ki Hong Min (5-0, 2). This comes after Hamze lost a very close decision in a previous bout in Korea, and sees him seeking revenge in what could be a very competitive and good match up.
(Image courtesy of http://www.kbaboxing.co.kr)
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In recent years fans in various countries have had the opportunity to see domestic boxing for free on TV. That boxing has ranged in quality from brilliant to awful but it's often been limited to merely being shown to a domestic audience.
This coming Sunday however fans worldwide get a treat as Korean promoter Andy Kim, of AK Promotions, will be streaming his show "Homecoming" internationally, and free, over Youtube.
The show in question will feature a pair of Korean title bouts, with the most interesting being a Korean Light Middleweight title fight between rising 18 year old star Kyoo Hwan Hwang (1-0, 1) and Chan Hee Park (5-5-1). The bout is really interesting with Hwang being viewed as, potentially, the best Korean prospect in years.
For those wanting to tune in to the show it should be available here and will be aired live.
At the moment we can't say much about the quality of the stream or the over-all production values but we have been impressed by previous AK Promotion shows, which have been put on youtube after they've taken place. In the past the production of the AK shows has been significantly better than any of the other shows from Korea and we're hoping for more of the same here.
Whilst we're hoping AK will publish the show, or at least bouts from it, following the event it isn't yet confirmed. What is confirmed, by Mr Kim, is that the show will be available live and we suggest tuning in if you're able to, if nothing else it will be a chance to see if Hwang is as good as hyped.
(Image courtesy of akpromotions.co.kr)
As we all know the Korean boxing scene isn't at a high point, and hasn't been for a number of years. Despite that there some parties that seem to be trying to rebuild the domestic scene in a country that gave us some of the best fighters of the 1970's and 1980's/ One of those parties is promotional outfit AK Promotions who recently announced a KBC (Korean Boxing Commission) title double header for July 12th.
The card isn't likely to turn around the fortune of the Korean boxing scene but, from what we under-stand, it is a good step forward an may well help develop one of the potential future stars of Korean boxing.
The first of two title fights will take place at 140lbs and see Kim Jin Soo (6-4, 4) facing off against Won Woo Min (6-1, 3). For Soo this is a second shot at a version of the Korean title having come up short last December against the then title holder Myung Soo Sun. Sadly we're unsure what happened to Myung's reign as champion, or his promising career.
Talking about promising careers it's thought that a youngster in the main event may well be the future of Korean boxing. That man is 18 year old prospect Kyoo Hwan Hwang (1-0, 1), who takes on Chan Hee Park (5-5-1) in a bout for the KBC 154lb title. Hwang was formerly a stand out amateur and is tipped for big things by those in Korea, if they can keep the teenager interested in the sport despite the fractured nature of the Korean scene.
On his debut, which we've included below, Hwang shined as he stopped Jung Ho Jang in an impressive performance. Many suspect he may be the most promising talent Korean boxing has right now and claiming a national title in his second professional bout would back up that idea, even if Park isn't the most testing of foes.
As well as the two title bouts the card is expected to feature a number of undercard contests, all scheduled for 4 rounds. It is however Hwang that seems to be the man to watch out for given the hype and expectation that those in Korea are giving him.
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