Last November we saw talented Korean Eun Hye Lee (9-1, 4) [이은혜] claim the WIBA Flyweight title, as she defeated Thai visitor Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi in 2 rounds. Sadly since winning the title Lee has been inactive, however we have been informed that she will actually be returning to the ring, on a KBC show, on June 24th as she defends her title for the first time.
The talented Korean will be up against Filipino veteran Jujeath Nagaowa (13-17-1, 8), who ends a run of over a year of inactivity.
On paper the bout does look to be a mismatch, especially with Nagaowa having lost 6 of her last 7, however the Filipino has proven that she can be competitive at world level and has scored a win over Saemi Hanagata, ran Ju Hee Kim very close, and has shard the ring with the likes of Shindo Go, Louisa Hawton, Momo Koseki, Naoko Ikeyama and Su Yun Hong, a real who's who of female boxing at the lower weights. Lee is more talented, and more proven, but we suspect she will have to work hard for the win here.
The under-card for this show will feature a regional title bout, for a WBA Asia title according to the KBC, which will see Nam Joon Lee (9-5-3, 4) [이남준] battling against Jelbirt Gomera (12-2, 6). This Featherweight bout is the biggest bout of Lee's career and will see him looking to build on a 3 fight unbeaten run, that actually dates back more than 4 years, an immediately build on a big win in January over Sa Myung Noh. As for Gomera the bout follows a recent loss to Hidenori Otake in an OPBF Super Bantamweight title bout.
The card will feature 3 other 10 rounders in what looks to be a very stacked card, for a Korean show, including two Korean title bouts.
For fans interested, the card will be shown on MBC Sports +.
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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