As we all know the Korean boxing scene isn't at a high point, and hasn't been for a number of years. Despite that there some parties that seem to be trying to rebuild the domestic scene in a country that gave us some of the best fighters of the 1970's and 1980's/ One of those parties is promotional outfit AK Promotions who recently announced a KBC (Korean Boxing Commission) title double header for July 12th.
The card isn't likely to turn around the fortune of the Korean boxing scene but, from what we under-stand, it is a good step forward an may well help develop one of the potential future stars of Korean boxing.
The first of two title fights will take place at 140lbs and see Kim Jin Soo (6-4, 4) facing off against Won Woo Min (6-1, 3). For Soo this is a second shot at a version of the Korean title having come up short last December against the then title holder Myung Soo Sun. Sadly we're unsure what happened to Myung's reign as champion, or his promising career.
Talking about promising careers it's thought that a youngster in the main event may well be the future of Korean boxing. That man is 18 year old prospect Kyoo Hwan Hwang (1-0, 1), who takes on Chan Hee Park (5-5-1) in a bout for the KBC 154lb title. Hwang was formerly a stand out amateur and is tipped for big things by those in Korea, if they can keep the teenager interested in the sport despite the fractured nature of the Korean scene.
On his debut, which we've included below, Hwang shined as he stopped Jung Ho Jang in an impressive performance. Many suspect he may be the most promising talent Korean boxing has right now and claiming a national title in his second professional bout would back up that idea, even if Park isn't the most testing of foes.
As well as the two title bouts the card is expected to feature a number of undercard contests, all scheduled for 4 rounds. It is however Hwang that seems to be the man to watch out for given the hype and expectation that those in Korea are giving him.
(Image courtesy of http://www.koreaboxingcommission.org)
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