Back on December 24th Keita Kurihara (13-5, 11) [栗原 慶太] took a narrow decision win over Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8, 8) [小林佑樹] to become the OPBF Bantamweight champion. The bout turned out to be a very controversial one, not because of the scoring but because of the time keeper, who made who made 3 different mistakes.
He gave an interval of 76 seconds, between rounds 5 and 6, allowed round 6 to last 4 minutes and allowed a break of 2 minutes and 2 seconds between rounds 6 and 7.
Today the JBC made their ruling on punishments, and have announced that the time keeper Mr Koshijima, has had his time keeper license indefinitely suspended due to his errors.
The time keeper wasn't the only official to be reprimanded. JBC Supervisor Yukihiro Koike, has been suspended, for the time being and Nobuyoshi Uraya, who is highly ranked in the Kansai boxing scene, has also been "strictly cautioned".
The JBC have also issued an apology for the errors, though seem to have not punished Kurihara or made the bout a no-contest, which had been mentioned as a possibility earlier in the year.
The Korean boxing scene it expected to make a huge move forward in 2019, with Boxing M putting down strong foundations for a big year and the KBF linking up with with a couple of MMA promotions to pool resources and put on shows with a combination of boxing and MMA.
Today the first of those mixed cards took place, "Annihilation 001".
The main event of that card was the first male OPBF title fight to take place in Korea in several years. Not only that, but it also saw the local man pick up the title, becoming a relatively rare, for this day and age, Korean OPBF champion.
The bout in question saw the little known Jung Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3) [이중경] battle against Australian-Cameroonian Samuel Colomban (25-11-1, 11) for the previously vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title, and saw Lee become just the second man, with the other being Jeff Horn back in 2013, to stop Colomban!
Lee, who was an MMA fighter before turning to boxing 2 years ago, had looked to take the lead on his boxing, but Colomban's big power shots kept him in the bout and made sure that Lee was unable to run away with things. Sadly for the visitor however he was being forced to fight at a pace unsuitable for a man who has had the long, draining career he's had, or a man who has been away from the ring for well over a year.
After the judges score-cards we revealed, at the start of round 7, giving Lee a narrow lead, he would land a huge shot through the guard of Colomban, before a follow up sent him down. Colomban tried to beat the count but was unable to, as Lee became, arguably, the most important fighter in Korea today, and the new OPBF champion at 154lbs!
(Photo taken by Lee Geum-moo/www.edaily.co.kr)
Earlier today we were informed that the JBC may be set to order a rematch between Keita Kurihara (13-5, 11) [栗原 慶太] and Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8, 8) [小林佑樹], after their December 24th bout for the OPBF Bantamweight title fight, saw numerous time keeping errors potentially effecting the outcome of the bout.
The errors included a 1 minute 16 second break between rounds at one point, a 2 minute break between rounds at one point and a long 4 minute round.
Strangely at least 1 of those errors clearly helped out the eventual loser, Kobayashi, who was given a few extra seconds to recover following a knockdown at the end of round 5, a round that saw him being dropped badly on the bell. It could well have been a mistake caused by how late in the round the knockdown came. Notably however the 6th round went on for 4 minutes, rather than 3.
There is serious talk that the bout will be declared a No Contest upon review and the two men will have a rematch. On the other hand another option is that the result, a unanimous decision for Kurihara, with scores of 113-111 from all 3 judges, stands and the men will just have an immediate rematch.
Amazingly the bout saw Kobayashi being dropped 4 times, once each in rounds 1,2,5 and 12 with the final knockdown essentially deciding the bout.
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