The Korean boxing scene might sometimes feel like it's vanishing in front of our eyes but it does, sometimes, have some bouts of intriguing, in fact next Sunday they have a card of intrigue with 3 genuinely notable international bouts on it. The most significant of those bouts will see Je Ni Ma (9-1-3, 8) [마제니] battle Hironobu Matsunaga (10-1, 5) [松永 宏] for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title, another will see Chaoz Minowa (1-0, 1) [チャオズ箕輪] battle Chan Mi Lim (2-1, 2)* .
The remaining bout will see Korean local Dong Hee Kim (5-1-1, 1)* face Filipino tough guy Ernie Sanchez (15-8-1, 6), in what will be Sanchez's first bout since suffering an 11th round TKO loss to OPBF champion Masayuki Ito.
Kim, the KBF Light Welterweight champion, was originally set to defend his title on this show against the exciting Hyun Woo Yuh (5-2, 5) [유현우] however Yuh was forced from the show due to injury and we've seen Sanchez take his place, in what is now an 8 round non-title bout. Despite their being no title on the line it is, in many ways, a more intriguing bout for Kim who will be facing someone who has shared the ring with Ito and current world champion Oscar Valdez. Despite that Sanchez will be fighting at a higher weight than usual and may struggle with the size of the Korean.
Whilst Sanchez is fighting above his typical weight it should be noted that he managed to go 8 rounds at 140lbs with Sergey Lipinets in 2014, so has got proven toughness at the weight and a stoppage for Kim would be relatively impressive.
*records from the KBF
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