We've known for a while that Chinese fighter Zulipikaer Maimaitiali (12-2-1, 8) [祖力皮卡尔·买买提艾力] would be in action on February 2nd as part of a stacked Chinese card from Top Rank. Until today however his opponent was unknown.
Today saw the reveal that Maimaitiali upcoming opponent would be unbeaten Korean fighter Sung Jae Jo (11-0, 8) [조성재].
It was also confirmed that the bout was going to be for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title. Interestingly this title was last won back in August by Tanzanian fighter WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, which was interestingly won last August by Tanzanian fighter Abdallah Paziwapazi, who stopped Maimaitiali for the belt .
Whilst this will not be the Chinese fighters first shot at the title it will be Jo's first shot at an international title, and will also see him fighting a fully fledged international level Super Middleweight. He is a former Korean Middleweight champion, and will be giving up significant size to the Chinese fighter.
The winner of this will move towards a potential WBO Super Middleweight world title fight, with that title currently held by Billy Joe Saunders. Whilst it would move the winner closer to a shot, they would still be a long way from securing a fight with the unbeaten Englishman and a win here would just be the first step on the road to a potential clash.
Earlier today we were informed of two bouts set for a Korean card on November 30th, pitting Korean hopefuls against fellow Asian fighters.
The most notable of those bouts will put the unbeaten pairing of Sung Jae Jo (10-0, 8) [조성재] against Deepak Tanwar (4-0, 2).
Jo is seen as someone with the potential to mix at regional level, and will expecting to pick up his 4th win of 2019, and his third straight stoppage victory. Although no world beater the 24 year old is a genuine Korean hopeful and it's good to see him fighting as often as he is this year.
On the other hand Indian fighter Tanwar is significantly less active, and this will be his first bout since December 2016, when he stopped Sutriyono Bara Boys in 2 rounds. The 25 year old Indian fighter is a natural Welterweight who is stepping up in weight to take on Jo.
The other bout Gyung Mo Yuh (6-6-3, 3) [유경모] take on the in-form Juanito Paredes (8-5-1, 3).
Yuh has won his last 3, including a very controversial decision over Heuk San Lee earlier this month. Although not the most skilled of fighters he does make for entertaining action and it's hard to not enjoy his all wildly entertaining bouts.
Filipino 27 year old Paredes doesn't look great on paper but has won his last 5, including a blow out win over former OPBF title challenger Lloyd Jardeliza.
At the moment full details of the card are unclear, but both of these bouts have been announced by the KBF.
Earlier today the Korean Boxing Federation (KBF), announced a double header to be held in the Deagu Metropolitan City thanks to KJ Promotions and Won Il Promotions.
The first part of the double header will see Masamichi Yabuki (7-3, 7) [佐藤政道] battle #1 ranked Korean contender Min Chul Bae (5-1-1, 4) [배민철], something that we had previously reported back in December. This is a really good match up and is being promoted as an OPBF ranking match, suggesting the winner will take a huge step towards an OPBF title fight.
The other part of the double header, the main event in fact, is a KBF Middleweight title bout between Sung Jae Jo (7-0, 6) [조성재] and Gyung Mo Yuh (3-5-3) [유경모], with Jo looking to make his first defense of the title.
The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds whilst the co-feature is set to be an 8 round bout.
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