Back then Kim was the OPBF Light Welterweight champion. He was world ranked. He was exciting, hard hitting and great fun to watch. He was every a fight fan wanted and he seemed capable of bringing life back to South Korean boxing at long last.
Sadly as soon as he began making waves Kim seemed to vanish and following his win over Hosokawa, way back in August 2013, he's been inactive.
Late last night, and out of the blue, we were sent an e-mail asking if we wanted any updates on Kim. Of course we said yes and awaited anything we could get about the "Sniper". A few hours later we were told by the person e-mailing us that he was Kim's manager, Ty.
Ty kept to his word and gave us some juicy updates regarding Kim.
Firstly Kim is still a boxer. At the moment the Korean boxing scene is a mess and instead of staying at home Kim has found himself training in Montebello, California at the Daniel Ponce De Leon Boxing gym. This has seen Kim link up with the controversial Javier Capetillo as a trainer. It has also seen him working alongside former Lightweight world champion Miguel "Titere" Vasquez, former world title challenger Freddy Hernandez and Oscar Arce, the nephew of the exciting Jorge Arce.
Kim is currently in the gym 6 days a week and is now preparing for his next bout. That has been penciled in for March 21st and will take place in in Mexicale. We weren't given the name of the opponent for the bout but we're so glad to hear that Min Wook Kim will be back in action soon and hopefully he'll be back on his way to a world title fight sooner rather than later.
We're hoping to stay in touch with Ty and report any future updates regarding the exciting Korean slugger. Hopefully he'll manage to reach his huge potential in the near future, with out sitting on the sides long stretches.
(Image, courtesy of Ty, with Hernandez, Vazquez, Kim and Capetillo)