The Korean fight scene had a big shot in the arm this past weekend with an excellent KBM show, featuring a couple of KBM title fights and the latest win from teenage sensation Jeong Han Cha. It's now been confirmed that it's going to get another one on March 3rd, with a KBF show that features several notable fighters.
One of those bouts is an excellent match up between In Duck Seo (10-1-2, 6) [서인덕] and Heuk San Lee (9-0-2, 4) [이흑산], who will be fighting for the KBF Welterweight title.
Seo is the current KBF champion, having won the title last September when he beat Moon Sung Choi. He began his career 8-0 (5), and despite some recent set backs he did score his title win in his last bout and at 24 he is still a maturing fighter. Lee is a Korean based Cameroonian fighter who has become a bit of a star in Korea and is a former BoxingM Light Middleweight champion. He's associated with TAP Boxing who will be looking to score his 4th straight win since fighting to a draw with Ma Roo Jung last July.
Another notable fighter on this card will be Ye Joon Kim (16-1-2, 8) [김예준] who takes on Thai visitor Anocha Phuangkaew (2-0, 2). On paper this looks like a mismatch in favour of Kim, who was once seen as the potential saviour of Korean, though the Thai fighter has got a reported 45-5 record in Muay Thai and could end up being a surprise package here.
A second KBF title fight will take place at 154lbs and see Dong Woo Kim (5-2, 3) [김동우] battle against Tae Young Suh (4-0-1) [서태영]. Neither of these have the profile of the men involved in the Welterweight title bout. Kim has scored 1 win in his last 3 bouts whilst Suh is unbeaten but has yet to score a stoppage.
It's hard to believe that we've not seen Korean fighter Ye Joon Kim (15-1-2, 7) [김예준] fight since he defended the IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title against Yuki Strong Kobayashi [ストロング小林佑樹] in November 2016.
Thankfully the wait to see the Korean prospect back in action will end later this month, with the charismatic hopeful set to to return on November 17th as part of a KPBF card.
At the moment the details of Kim's bout aren't clear, other than that he will fight in a 10 rounder. The only real details are that his opponent is expected to be a Japanese fighter and that the bout will be taking place in in Hadong, South Korea. Hopefully more details will emerge in the coming days, such as Kim's opponent and what weight the bout will be at.
As well as Kim's bout we'll also see Eun Hye Lee (11-1, 4) [이은혜] defending her WIBA Light Flyweight title against Xiuli Liang (2-3).
For fans interested in watching this card, it will be shown on SPOTV.
Yesterday we saw Korean fighter Ye Joon Kim (15-1-2, 7) [김예준] successfully defend the IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title with a decision win over the game but out classed Yuki Strong Kobayashi (10-6, 5) [ストロング小林佑樹], a visitor from Japan. Whilst watching the fight we felt their was something missing from Kim's performance and today we found out we were right.
Sadly what was missing was Kim's health with the Korean youngster suffering an injury to his left elbow, an injury that meant his powerful left hook wasn't as effective as usual and that he was forced to use his right hand more than he'd have liked.
The youngster is set to under-go surgery on the elbow issue, which was said to be an issue on a tendon in his arm, in the very near future with the issue hoping to be resolved quickly.
Kim has stated that after the surgery is complete his team will start to look at top 10 opponents for him with the hope being that he will get a chance to take a big step towards a world title fight next year. It's unlikely he'll get that shot a title in the next 12 months but next year will certainly be about climbing the rankings, and bouts against someone in the top 10 wouldn't be out of the question for the youngster.
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World ranked Korean Super Bantamweight hopeful Ye Joon Kim (15-1-2, 7) [김예준] took another step towards a potential world title fight earlier today, as defended the IBF Asia with a decision win over the game Yuki Strong Kobayashi (10-6, 5) [ストロング小林佑樹].
Kobayashi, in his second title fight, fought like a man determined to make a mark on the fight and the first few rounds saw him bringing the pressure. Whilst it was rarely effective he did get some shots through the intelligent defense of Kim, who was happy to limit his own output. When Kim did throw however his shots seemed to have extra spite and venom on them with him often rocking and shaking the Japanese visitor. To Kobayashi's credit however he refused to be intimidated and always came firing back at Kim trying to turn the fight in his favour. Kim often obliged by hiding behind his defensive shell and fighting a lazy fight.
In the middle rounds Kim began to wake up a bit more, let his hands go more freely and seemed capable of a stoppage win, but never pressed the action enough to force it, often happy to hurt Kobayashi and back off. It was winning rounds, and impressing the loyal Korean support, but must have infuriated his team and neutrals who have to wonder if he will ever show that needed killer instinct.
Kim continued to look the boss, though often whilst fighting as an accurate counter puncher, until the final round when both upped the anti and let their shots go in an entertaining 3 minuts of action. Kim seemed to take a number of heavy looking shots, but withstood them well as his defenses started to fail him whilst Kobayashi fought like a man who felt he had a lifeline. Sadly for Kobayashi the finalcharge was never going to be enough and he was comfortably beaten on the scorecards.
Tomorrow fight fans in Korea will be able to see rising prospect Ye Joon Kim (14-1-2, 7) [김예준] defending his IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title as he takes on Japanese visitor Yuki Strong Kobayashi (10-5, 5) [ストロング小林佑樹]. Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
Sadly at the time of writing the official weights haven't been released to us, but we have been informed that both fighters made the 122lb limit, with Kim looking slightly more sucked in than Kobayashi, who recently fought for the OPBF Bantamweight title and is likely more comfortable making Super Bantamweight.
For fans interested in watching the contest it actually concludes a hectic weekend of boxing on the Korean MBC Sports + channel. The bout is set to be aired at 18:00 local time but the channel will also broadcast a number of Pacquiao fights, including the Vargas bout, along with Pacquiao Vs Timothy Bradley II and Marcos Maidana's memorable contest with Erik Morales.
If Kim wins he will likely move up the IBF rankings and towards an eventual world title fight, with an upset win for Kobayashi could see him move into the fringes of the IBF world rankings.
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