Earlier today Korean sources informed us that Han Sang Myeong had been given an unexpected Olympic chance following a fighter needing to pull out of the upcoming Rio Olympics.
At the moment it's unclear who pulled out, but the pull out left the Bantamweight division with an open slot which AIBA have given to the 2014 Asian Games gold medal winner Myeong, who is the only Korean to qualified for boxing at the upcoming Olympic games. In fact had he not qualified it would have been just the second time since 1948 that Korea hadn't sent a boxer to Olympics, following their boycott of the Moscow Games in 1980.
For those who recognise the Korean's name he was controversially awarded a win in the 2014 Asian Games against Mongolian star Tugstsogt Nyambayar, with the Mongolian and his team launching an appeal. Sadly that was one of a number of terrible decisions at the games which really left many fans with a sour taste in their mouth.
Although unlikely to medal, especially given his inability to qualify, the news is a rare positive for Korean boxing which has continued to flounder, especially in the professional ranks.
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