Earlier this year it seemed that KBC and KBF were set to bury the hatchet and begin to work together for the betterment of Korean boxing. It seemed like Korean boxing was set to have a unified body and was set have the best Korean fighters fighting the best Korean fighters. Sadly though the planning for "Dream Fights 2017" seems to have fallen apart and the show has now been cancelled, with the idea of unification being further away than ever before.
The two bodies had seemingly agreed to put on "Dream Fights 2017", but a falling out has seen the entire show being scrapped, with the KBC fighters who were given permission to fight on the show having that permission taken away. Much to the chargrin of the KBF who released a public statement on January 11th explaining their point of view on the whole mess, and the frustration between the two parties.
The statement, which we have featured below in Korean and in a rough English translation explains the KBF's view on the situation and a few other things, which we will try to quickly run through.
The KBF stated they were set up in 2015 and had seen their fighters persecuted by the KBC, who had been recognised by the WBC as the only official body in Korea. As a result of the WBC/KBC relationship the KBF fighters had found it hard to get international fights. They had, through the relationship between the head of the KBF and Hideyuki Ohashi, been able to bring some Japanese fighters over for KBF shows, but had been unable to send their fighters to Japan, with the KBC's permission. The JBC were prohibited from allowing KBF fighters to fight on their soil due to their commitments to the WBC and the OPBF, meaning any fighter from the KBF wanting to fight in had to get express permission from the KBC to do so, essentially allowing the KBC to have power over fighters thqt weren't even under their banner.
In November 2016 Jin Wook Lim, a KBF fighter, was given special permission to fight in Japan for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title on a one-off basis. It seemed like the KBC and the KBF were beginning to work together and that seemed to be the belief of the KBF which allowed Buffalo Promotions to arrange a co-body show, with the KBC agreeing. Sadly however it appears the two sides have fallen out time, with promises by the KBC not having been kept and the KBF now unable to sanction the bouts, with the KBF laying the blame firmly at the feet of KBC head honcho Hong Soo-hwan .
It seems now that Korean boxing has completely killed any dreams of unifying the two major bodies, and it could be a very long time until the two sides speak about a co-show again.
Again for fans interest we have features the Korean statement and the rough Enlgish translation below.
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