The crazy world of boxing in Korea got an interesting announcement this week, though one made on very short notice for a show set to take place on October 29th, as part of the newest Korean boxing board.
The card will be headlined by two interim WBC EPBC title bouts.
One of those is an interim WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Lightweight title bout, as Il Kwon Kim (6-3, 3) faces off against Ryo Akahori (6-3, 1). The bout will is scheduled for 10 rounds and the winner will likely be moved into a bout for the full version of the crown, possibly in 2017. Last time out Kim won the KBC Lightweight title, with an opening round win over Gun Woo Gang, but that is his only fight in in the last 36 months. Akahori on the other hand has fought just once in 5 years and is unlikely to be much of a threat for Kim given that stretch of inactivity.
The other title bout will see Woo Min Won (8-1, 5) battle against Taisho Oazawa (21-8-2, 13) for the interim WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Light Welterweight title. Won is one of Korea's most notable hopefuls and is a former Korean Light Welterweight champion, who scored a huge win back in May against Daiki Koide, stopping Koide in the 3rd round to record a third straight stoppage win. The 36 year old Ozawa wil be ending a 3 year break from the ring for this bout and fighting for the first time since a 2013 loss to Rey Labao, and he will be making his international debut.
The under-card features 2 other Korea Vs Japan bouts though at the moment it doesn't appear that the show will be televised or broadcast online in what appears to be a strange move from the promoter, who we have been informed holds a rather large kitty for Korean boxing could help attract new fans. It's clear some of that kitty has been spent here on the WBC EPBC sanctioning fees as well as the fighters but it wouldn't have cost much for the promoter to follow other Korean promoters and stream the show on youtube.
The Korean boxing scene is certainly a mess at the moment with multiple oganisations and factions all leading to a very splintered running of the sport in the country. Today however the KBC took centre stage as AK Promotions streamed a show, dubbed "Homecoming" on their youtube channel.
The card didn't feature massive names nor did it feature future world champions, but it did give us 5 bouts, and several hours of entertaining action, with a couple of KBC title bouts.
The first of those title bouts came in the show's penultimate bout and saw the wild Woo Min Won (7-1, 4) successfully claim the KBC 140lb title.
From the opening moments Won let his hands go with crude and wild shots aimed in the general direction of his opponent, Jin Soo Kim (6-5, 3). Many of the shots missed the target whilst Kim himself took his chance to land some intelligent blows and through the first round it seemed Kim had his man figured out.
Despite being hit in the opening round Won wasn't to be discouraged and in round 2 found himself making contact with his foe relatively early in to the round. This time Won's power was felt by Kim who was dropped hard. Kim, showing the typical Korean boxing spirit, recovered to his feet but the damage was done and Won knew that he had a wounded fighter in front of him.
A follow up attack by Won would send Kim down for the second time in the fight. This time Kim wasn't to recover with the out being waved off as Kim struggled to got back to his feet.
With this win Won becomes the new Korean champion at 140lbs. Technically he doesn't look to be anything special, but he's confident, brash and has real belief in his power. Given the style in which he fought today he may not have a long reign as the champion but he'll rarely be in a dull fight.
(Image of Won courtesy of http://akpromotions.co.kr)
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