According to a recent update on the KBF website it seems likely that Korean fans could be in for a treat in late March as local star Ye Joon Kim (13-1-2, 7) [김예준] faces off against Thailand's Patomsith Pathompothong (15-4, 5) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา] in a bout for the IBF Pan Pacific Featherweight crown.
The bout marks a move up in weight for Kim who has been making a name for himself at 122lbs where he has won both the WBC and IBF youth titles, given that he is 23 however it's likely he has simply out grown the 122lb limit. For Patomsith this bout will see him on the road for the 4th time in his career, with the most recent journey away from home coming last year when he faced Hisashi Amagasa in what was Amagasa's first bout since his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux.
The update, put on today by the KBF, states the the bout will be promoted by Buffalo Promotion and will be aired by MBC Sports+ with an under-card featuring a Korean, KBF, Featherweight title fight and a bout featuring Indonesian veteran Michael Speed Sigarlaki (16-16-2, 14), who is scheduled to fight this coming Friday in Indonesia before leaving for Korea.
Given that Kim is widely regarded as the KBF's poster boy this bout will likely be the KBF's focus over the coming weeks and could well see them doing some sort of a deal with the IBF to get the youngster ranked, if he can over-come his Thai foe.
(Image courtesy of the KBF)
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