Our sources in Korea have informed us that former South Korean amateur star Shin Jong Hun has announced his retirement from the Korean national side following his issues with the APB (AIBA Pro Boxing).
Hun's issue with APB began last November when the star failed to compete in an APB event. APB punished Hun by giving him an 18 month ban from all AIBA events, essentially ruling him out of the 2016 Olympics and other major competitions. He has had a long term dispute with the APB regarding his contract and appears to have been left very disillusioned with the APB, AIBA and amateur boxing in general.
According to our source Hun held a press conference earlier this week stating that whilst he would retire from the national team he continue to compete, at least for the remainder of the year, in domestic competition whilst thanking those who had supported him as a fighter. He made it very clearly that he would never again compete for Korea, which is a huge loss for the Korean amateur team.
At the moment it's unclear what the future holds for Hun. We hope he'll be heading down the traditional professional path, perhaps signing with the emerging force that is AK Promotions. What is clear however is that South Korea have lost their biggest amateur star and APB politics has cost amateur boxing one of it's best talents.
A few days ago we reported that AIBA had suspended Japanese fighter Satoshi Shimizu for 1 year. AIBA stated that the ban was due to Shimizu having "breached" a technical rule.
Today however we've more bad news as Korean Light Flyweight fighter Shin Jong-hun has been handed an extremely harsh 18 month ban, which is said to be back dated to November 18th 2014. Essentially this will keep Shin out of the ring until the middle of 2016 and essentially kill any hopes he had of competing at the 2016 Olympics.
From what we understand Shin, like Shimizu, has been judged to have failed to correctly inform AIBA that he would be missing an APB event in a timely fashion. Unfortunately with this being the second such suspension handed out recently we do need to wonder how easy it is to inform AIBA that a fighter would be unable to compete.
Shin was one of the big hopes of the Korean amateur scene and won medals at both the 2009 and 2011 World amateur championships as well as a gold medal at last years Asian Games. Sadly this ban will put the 26 year old out of action and put the brakes on his promising career.
Again we're left wondering what the APB contracts state and whether or not Shimizu or Shin can walk away from the APB and turn professional "the classic" way. If they can it would seem the best move for both, though we suspect that the APB contracts have tied them up for a prolong time period essentially freezing both men out of the sport.
Although it's unclear why Shin failed to compete in the APB there has been a theory mentioned that he was unhappy with the treatment he was receiving in the APB and was making a stand. Whether that's got any weight to it or not is yet to be made clear.
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The statement on Shin's ban can be read here.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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