Over the weekend news broke from Korea that former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (11-5-2, 5) [中山佳祐] would be facing Korea's very own Woo Hyun Kim (8-1, 1) [김우현] in the new year. In what is a really interesting match up pitting a former OPBF champion against a former interim PABA champion.
The 31 year old Nakayama, from the Watanabe gym in Japan, was the OPBF Flyweight champion back in 2017 and early 2018. His reign was a short one, and since then his career has struggled, with the fighter now desperately needing a win to resurrect his badly faltering career. It's faltered to the point where he has gone 1-3-1 in his last 5, with stoppage losses to Jayr Raquinel and Yusuke Sakashita.
At 22 year old Kim is seen one of the brightest hopes in Korean boxing. His sole defeat happened more than 4 years ago, when he was still a teenager, and he subsequently went on to win the interim PABA title. Sadly Kim, like many Korean hopefuls, vanished from boxing we close to 3 years before returning this year and beating Junhui Zhao in June. That is his only bout since September 2016, when he beat Jong Min Jung.
Despite the stop start nature of the Korean's career those in Korean boxing see the youngster as one of their best hopes for the future and taking on Nakayama, even an out of form Nakayama, is a clear sign that they want Kim to make up for lost time with this bout, which will be for the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title.
Interestingly their may be a second title on the line here, with the KBM revealing they were in talks with the JBC to also have the vacant KBM title on the line for the bout, which is possible following a rule change earlier this year, and could see the winner becoming a double champion.
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This past Sunday Korean fans saw teenager Woo Hyun Kim (7-1, 1) [김우현] successfully retain his PABA Bantamweight title, scoring a split decision win against fellow Korean Jong Min Jung (7-8, 2) [정종민].
Footage of the bout hasn't yet been made available to us however the judges scored the bout 116-111 and 115-114 in favour of the champion whilst the challenger was backed by a judge with a score of 115-113.
The bout was Kim's first defense of the title and although he retained the title he probably won't be in a rush to step up in class.
As on the card was a KPBF Cruiserweight title bout bout that saw Do Gon Choi (3-0, 3) being crowned the new champion following a 3rd round KO win against. Sadly we've not been made aware of who Choi's opponent was, but the win is a good one for the new champion.
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The KPBF have announced that they will be hosting a PABA "interim" Bantamweight title bout on September 11th, with the bout set to be aired over youtube. Adding yet another fight to a huge boxing weekend.
The bout will see Woo Hyun Kim (6-1, 1) [김우현] defending the title, which he won last time out, against Jong Min Jung (7-7, 2) [정종민].
The 19 year old champion suffered his only loss in July 2015, losing to Yo Han Bae who subsequently claimed the KBF Super Flyweight title and sparred with Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue. Since that loss he has become a KPBF fighter and has beaten Michael Barnor, this past May, to claim his title. Although a relatively unknown fighter Kim has shown some genuine potential, though it's hope maturity will lead to more physical strength and power.
Tghe 29 year old challenger has been around the scene for a while, debuting almoist 8 years ago and originally he really struggled to put results together, losing 4 of his first 6 and 7 of his first 11. During that struggle however he did claim the South Korean Bantamweight title and gave future world title challenger Jung Oh Son a relatively decent fight. He's now unbeaten in 3 and has claimed the PABA "interim" Featherweight title, a title he defended once.
As for those wanting to watch, the bout is supposed to be streamed on youtube however no link has been provided yet for the show.
We have included footage of both men below.
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