South Korean promotional outfit AK Promotions have announced that their show planned for March 1st has unfortunately been cancelled just 2 weeks before the fighters were set to step in the ring.
Whilst we've not been given the specific reason for the show, at least not in English, we need to admit that it's a disappointing announcement and a shame for the men who were supposed to be on the card.
The men include IBF Asia Featherweight champion Takuya Watanabe (23-5-1, 11), his opponent, BoonJoon Suk (8-1-2, 2)* as well IBF Asia Super Featherweight champion Shingo Eto (15-3-1, 9) and his scheduled opponent Sa Ya Lee (6-2, 3)* as well Jaesung Lee (17-4-2, 9) and Filipino foe Jerry Nardo (20-5, 11).
From what we under-stand several fighters have already got replacement bouts set up with Watanabe now being set for a non-title bout on March 17th and Suk being rumoured to defend his Korean title on March 6th.
We have asked AK promotions head honcho Andy Kim for any more details and hopefully he'll get back in touch with us shortly.
*Records taken from the KBF as boxrec.com refuse to correctly acknowledge fights fought under the KBF.
(Image courtesy of AKPromotions)
This past Monday Korean fans at the Hongcheon-Gun got a boxing treat courtesy of an IBF title triple. Those bouts on Monday saw Takumi Sakae (11-0, 7) claim the IBF Youth Light Flyweight, Takuya Watanabe (23-5-1, 11) retain the IBF Asia Featherweight title and Shingo Eto (15-3-1, 9) claim the IBF Asia Super Featherweight title.
Of those 3 Japanese fighters who finished the night as "champions" 2 are now set to return to Korea to defend their belts on March 1st.
One of those men returning is Takuya Watanabe, who will be fighting for the 4th time in South Korea. Watanabe, best known for his bloody affair with Jae Sung Lee, will be involved in the main event as he defends his title against Bong Joon Suk (8-1-2, 2).
The other fighter is returning is Shingo Eto who will be in action against Sa Ya Lee (6-2, 3), the Korean (KBF) Lightweight champion. Lee will be dropping down 5lbs for the bout against Eto and will be entering on the back of 5 straight wins, including a defense of the KBF title.
Note-The records of the Korean fighters on bocrec.com is wrong as they refuse to recognise Korean bouts sanctioned by the KBF, yet recognise the wins of Sakae, Watanabe and Eto. A true oddity.
(Image courtesy of http://akpromotions.co.kr)
Early today in Seoul fans saw South Korean Lightweight champion Sa-Ya Lee (6-2, 3) successfully retain his title with a clear decision win over compatriot Sung-Tae Kim (5-10-1, 2).
The bout was Lee's first since winning the South Korean title in April with a 10th round victory over
Sang-Joon Park and in the end it was a relatively easy defense for the champion who won by scores of 99-92, 99-93 and 100-92 over Kim.
Whilst Lee had been inactive for 7 months he had been much more active recently than Kim who was returning to the ring for his bout in in more than 3 years, following a technical decision loss to the very good Dong-Hyuk Kim in July 2011.
Sadly for Kim this was a third straight loss following defeats to Dong-Hyuk Kim and Koji Kawamura, back in January 2010.
We're unsure what will be next for Lee though we hope it won't take another 7 months to see him in the ring again.
(Image courtesy of http://www.koreaboxing.or.kr)
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