On Saturday fight fans in California had the chance to see Korean sensation Min Wook Kim (15-1, 11) [김민욱] pick up his latest win, as he over-came the gritty but out classed Alvaro Ortiz (7-7-1, 5) in an 8 round contest.
The Korean fighter, fighting in the US for the third time, was on the under-card of the WBA Featherweight "Super" title fight between Leo Santa Cruz and Kiko Martinez and did more than enough to claim all 8 rounds, posting an 80-72 shut out for the win.
The Korean fighter was expected to win, and in fact he was really expected to score KO win over his limited Mexican opponent, though he will take plenty of positives from the performance. Firstly he'll be happy to have gotten some much needed rounds under his belt having fought just 7 rounds in his previous 3 bouts, in fact he had only had 7 rounds in the last 2 years of his career. Secondly he'll have been glad to remain active, with this bout coming just weeks after his previous contest, and he'll also be glad that he got the chance to be part of a big under-card.
Although Kim would have liked a third successive stoppage win on US soil there is a lot to take from this fight and it's likely that his team will be pushing for bigger and better fights now rather than more 8 rounders. Whilst he's not yet ready for a world title fight there is some sense in putting him in with fringe contenders later this year, and giving him some TV exposure so that more fans can see what the fuss is about when it comes to the "Snyper".
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