Over the past few weeks we've been bringing updates regarding an upcoming Korean card dubbed "Show me the KO's", the next AK Promotions card. Today we finally saw the bouts being announced, and listed by the KBC, rather than leaving us with just single fighters from the show.
The main event of the card will be the debut of Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (0-0) who will go up against Min Wook Lee (2-2) in a 10 round bout for the Korean Bantamweight title. The bout isn't as ambitious on paper as we'd expected from Waseem, considering his wealth of amateur experience, though to see him go straight in to 10 rounds bouts is a positive step in the right direction.
The co-feature on the card will see big punching American Randall Bailey (45-8-0-1, 38) face off against Filipino Joel De La Cruz (19-23-3, 7). This is another 10 round bout though won't be expected to go the distance considering the "stick of dynamite" that Bailey has in his right hand.
In a 6 round bout Indian fighter Neeraj Goyat (3-2-2) will battle Ronnel Esparas (10-18-1, 2) in what looks like a tough ask for Goyat, who appears to be going up in weight for the contest.
Possibly the most evenly matched bout announced for the show is a 6 rounder between Taek-Min Kim (15-7, 10) and Filipino foe Ryan Sermona (17-7, 10). Although not a headline bout this has the potential to be the pick of the bunch given the competitive looking match up and the styles of the two men involved.
Former Korean amateur fighter Se Yeol Yang (0-0) will be making his debut in a 4 rounder on this show against a fellow Korean.
Notably the bouts featuring Cuban Heavyweight Robert Alfonso and Indian fighter Dilbag Singh both appear to have been canned.
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(Image courtesy of AK Promotions and the KBC)
We've gotten word earlier today that Korea's unbeaten Su-Yun Hong (9-0, 5) will make the third defense of her WBO Minimumweight title on February 9th 2014 as she takes on Japans unbeaten teenager Mako Yamada (5-0, 2). The fight, scheduled to take place at the Chuncheon Lakeside Gym in the north of the country, will be Hong's first defense since she defeated current WBC Minimumweight champion Mari Ando back in August.
Going in to the bout Hong will be a clear favourite. This is her fourth WBO world title bout whilst Hamada is taking a massive step up. To date the combined record of Hamada's opponents have been 13-7-1 a massive difference to that of Hong whose last 3 opponents had a combined record of 35-13-1. Despite this Hamada will go in to the bout full of confidence having beaten 2 unbeaten fighters already in here career.
As well as this female title bout we're also expecting to see a 2 other title bouts on the show.
The first of these is expected to be for the Korean Bantamweight title as champion Jong-Min Jung (4-6, 1) defends his belt for the first time. Jung is expected to face Ye-Joon Kim (6-1-2, 1) in what looks, on paper, to be a fight that you need to favour the challenger in.
In the second title bout, also a Korean title fight, we expect Korean Light Welterweight champion Taek-Min Kim (15-6, 10) to face unbeaten challenger Ja-Ik Goo (2-0, 2). Goo, who has stopped both of his opponents so far inside a round will be taking a major step up though Kim has been stopped 3 times, including stoppage losses in 2 of his 3 bouts.
Although this card is yet to be listed on boxrec.com we have it on VERY good authority that it will be taking place.
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