Back in the 1980's and early 1990's Korean boxing was flying high and it was a million miles away from the mess we unfortunately have today. One of their stand out fighters was Myung Woo Yuh [유명우], one of the greatest Light Flyweight's in history.
Yuh's career was genuinely brilliant as he ran up a 38-1 (14) record between 1982 and 1993 and recorded 17 successive, and 19 total, defenses of the WBA Light Flyweight title. His sole loss during that great career saw him suffer a split decision loss in December 1991 to Japan's Hiroki Ioka [井岡 弘樹], a loss that was avenged the following year with Yuh claiming a majority decision over Ioka.
Ioka, the uncle of current world champion Kazuto Ioka, had himself a fantastic career, also in the 1980's and 1990's, as he became the youngest Japanese world champion and a 2-weight champion. He ran up a 33-8-1 (17) record and fought in an impressive 13 world title bouts between 1987, when he was just 18 years old, and 1998.
Earlier today the two men met up, with Yuh visiting Ioka in Osaka, meeting for the first time since their second bout. The meeting saw both showing a lot of respect to each other with Yuh suggesting that Ioka should come and see him in Seoul sometime and get a meal at the restaurant that he runs.
For those who haven't seen the two bouts we've included them both below and both are thrillers.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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