Former WBA Super Featherweight champion world champion Yong Soo Choi (31-4-1, 21) [최용수] surprised the boxing world last year when he ended a 13 year break from the ring. On his return he scored a win over Japan's Kazuya Nakano, but despite the win her certainly didn't look like a man who was going to keep fighting.
Today Choi returned again, his second comeback bout since his long abscence, and took on Filipino Nelson Tinampay (11-4-1, 5) in a contest for the interim WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Lightweight title. On paper the 44 year old Choi looked like the experienced fighter, but at 44 he also looked like an old man with Tinampay being 20 years younger.
Sadly for Tinampay the young failed to help him in the ring and Choi gave the youngster a slow but persistent beating from the first round to the 10th, when Tinampay was finally stopped by the referee who had seen enough.
The bout started slowly, with Choi essentially walking towards Tinampay who looked to circle around the ropes. Sadly for Tinampay he lacked the speed or movement to avoid taking punches every time Choi was close to him. Round after round Choi would just walk up to his man, land a flurry and then see Tinampay move, forcing Choi to again walk over to the Filipino and repeat the flurry.
In round 3 Tinampay was downed, and looked almost done but recovered to his feet and survived through the following few rounds whilst his face began to swell and you could visibly see the youngster tiring, with the toll of Choi's punches taking their toll. So tired was Tinampay that in round he twice spat out his gum shield, and had a point taken. Just a round later the referee had seen enough and saved him from further harm, something his corner probably should have done a little earlier if we're being honest.
Tomorrow fight fans in Korea will get the chance to see former world champion Yong Soo Choi (30-4-1, 20) [최용수] battle against 23 year old Filipino Nelson Tinampay (11-3-1, 5) in a bout for the interim WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Lightweight title.
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and both made weight.
The Korean, a former champion at Super Featherweight, came in at 61KG's exactly, or around 134.5lbs. He was comfortably under the Lightweight limit but looked in incredible shape for a 44 year old who had fought just once in the last 14 years, winning a bout against Japan's Kazuya Nakano last April.
Originally Tinampay came in over weight but, on a second attempt, managed to just scrape under the 135lb limit for the bout. Although less well known than Choi the Filipino is the much younger fighter, and has around 20 years of youth on Choi.
(Image courtesy of boxingM)
At the end of 2016 there were a number of stories that went under-the-radar. One of the most intriguing was that former world champion Yong Soo Choi (30-4-1, 20) [최용수] would continued his comeback, at the age of 44, and fight for a title on on February 5th, ona card held under the auspices of Boxing M.
The Korean veteran ended a 13 year retirement from the ring last year, when he stopped Kazuya Nakano in 8 rounds, and is best remembered for his WBA Super Featherweight title reign from 1995 to 1998. He is however a fighter looking to prove age is just a number and in his next bout he will be going up against 23 year old Filipino Nelson Tinampay (11-3-1, 5).
The bout between Choi and Tinampay will be for the WBC EPBC silver Lightweight title, continuing the relationship between Boxing M and the WBC EPBC, and will see Choi fighting in a 12 rounder, for the first time since losing to Sirimingkol Singwancha back in January 2003 in a bout for the WBC Super Featherweight title.
For Tinampay the bout will be his second title fight, following a loss in a bout for the WBF Asia Pacific Lightweight title last year, and will see him looking to string together back-to-back wins follwing successive losses last year.
As well as the title bout the card will feature two notable Korean domestic bouts as Welterweights go into the semi-final stages of a domestic tournament., with SBS Sports expected to televise all 3 of the confirmed bouts.
(Image of Choi courtesy of Boxing M)
Earlier today fans in South Korea saw former world champion Yong Soo Choi (30-4-1, 20) [최용수] make a successful return to the ring as he recorded an 8th round TKO win against Japanese fighter Kazuya Nakano (9-6-1, 7) [中野 和也] in Dangjin.
The fight, Choi's first in over 13 years, saw the Korean starting slowly. As a result Nakano seemed to rack up a number of the early rounds, simply on his activity, sharpness and youthfulness. By round 4 Choi had started to shake some ring rust and his power was beginning to take it's toll on Nakano, who was dropped as a result of Choi's heavy hands.
Nakano tried to rally back but in round 7 Choi's power again took an effect on Nakano who dropped again, before being stopped in round 8, with the referee saving the Japanese visitor from further punishment as he began to take a bit of a beating.
Although it's unclear if this was just a one off foe Choi or a full fledged comeback, it's fair to say that the former Super Featherweight champion still has the fighting spirit that made him so popular back in the 1990's.
(Image courtesy of Hanagata Gym)
In February we reported that former WBC Super Featherweight champion Yong Soo Choi (29-4-1, 19) [최용수] was set to make a comeback on April 9th 2016 against Japanese fighter Kazuya Nakano (9-5-1, 7) [中野 和也]. Today it's been revealed that that bout will actually take place a week later that originally reported.
We've not been told why the bout has been delayed, though we do now know that it will be taking place on April 16th and will take place at the Hoseo Highschool, Dangjin.
Interestingly the new date almost is almost the 18th anniversary of Choi's last big win, a 9th round KO over Gilberto Serrano from April 18th 1998.
Sadly it seems that the bout will no longer be associated with a deep KBF Rookie of the Year card, that still looks set to take place on the original date of April 9th.
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