It's fair to say that Korean boxing isn't at a high point, in fact it's essentially on life support. It is however showing positive signs with several interesting Korean boxing stories all starting to emerge from relative depths of despair.
The newest of those stories is the success of the unbeaten Eun Hye Lee (8-0, 3) who successfully claimed the WBO female Light Flyweight title with his biggest win t date, stopping Thailand's Ploynapa Sakrungrueng (12-6-1, 1) in just the 2nd round of their bout.
From the off the bout appeared to be a mismatch. Although Ploynapa had a pretty record on paper she hadn't managed to claim a win against a fighter with a win, nor had she managed to win a fight on the road, in fact she entered this bout 0-3 in Korea. It didn't take Lee long to extend the Thai's losing run in the country to 0-4.
The 32 year old Korean joins Hyun Mi Choi in being a Korean with a "big 4" title, and although Lee is a relative new comer to the world stage she is a fighter who has the ability to hold that title for a long time, especially if her backers help keep her and her fights in Korea where she'll manage to get control of things like the time of the bout, the venue and the such. Hopefully though she won't have a weak reign and will instead be matched harder in an attempt to really bring some attention to Korean boxing, even if there is a risk of Lee coming unstuck against a better foe.
Although the bout was aired on Korean TV we've yet to see the action, though hopefully footage will emerge shortly and we'll share it when we get it!
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