One thing we didn't expect to be talking about this early in 2020 was a Korean Heavyweight title bout, however there is now one set for February in Seoul, and on paper it looks a pretty competitive match up, albeit at a very low level.
The match up in question will see defending champion Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) [이성민] make his first defense as he takes on Jong Kook Kim (6-1, 3) [김종국], in a bout that is not only for the Boxing M Korean title but also for a top 10 OPBF ranking.
Lee won the belt last June, when he took a split decision over Hoo Won Lee, becoming only the 5th man to hold the Korean Heavyweight title. Since then he has been inactive, but is in the top 15 of the OPBF at Heavyweight. Although no world beater the 29 year old is riding a 6 fight winning streak and won the Heavyweight Battle Royal in February 2019, before winning the national title.
Kim on the other hand is ranked by the OPBF at Cruiserweight, the weight that better suits his frame, though he has regularly fought at Heavyweight, including his sole loss to Ryu Ueda, the newly crowned Japanese Heavyweight champion. His biggest win to date came in the Korean Rookie of the Year in 2016, when he stopped Sang Ho Kim to become the Korean Heavyweight Rookie of the year.
Sadly details of the under-card for this bout are not yet available.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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