Earlier today in South Korea saw the official weigh in for tomorrow's IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title fight between promising Korean Ye Joon Kim (10-1-2, 5)* and Filipino visitor Vergil Puton (14-5, 7).
The KBF, who are sanctioning the fight, posted some details from the weigh in, noting that both men had successfully made weight and posted a picture of the two men posing with the title. They didn't however posted the specific weight of both men, so unfortunately all we really now is that the men were no more than 122lbs.
For Kim this is an attempt to claim a second professional title, adding the IBF regional title to a WBC Youth title that he won in Japan last year. It's an opportunity to extend a 10 fight unbeaten run that began more than 3 years ago and has seen him becoming the face of the KBF. On the other hand it's chance for Puton to end a 2-fight losing streak and put losses to JR Magboo and Rivo Rengkung behind him, both of which were suffered in the second half of 2014. It's also an oppprtunity for him to claim his first professional title.
Whilst the "IBF Asia" is seen by many as a weak title to hold it does open doors with the IBF and has held a number of fighters to get elevated rankings, and even helped Amnat Ruenroeng move towards his world title fight. The winner of this will be hoping for a similar boost towards a world title shot. At the moment neither man is ready for a world title fight, but the ranking will do them no harm and may even see an international promoter take an interest in them.
(Image courtesy of http://www.koreaboxing.or.kr/)
*Boxrec miss a bout from Km's record that saw him stopping a Thai foe last year
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