Yesterday we saw Korean fighter Ye Joon Kim (15-1-2, 7) [김예준] successfully defend the IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title with a decision win over the game but out classed Yuki Strong Kobayashi (10-6, 5) [ストロング小林佑樹], a visitor from Japan. Whilst watching the fight we felt their was something missing from Kim's performance and today we found out we were right.
Sadly what was missing was Kim's health with the Korean youngster suffering an injury to his left elbow, an injury that meant his powerful left hook wasn't as effective as usual and that he was forced to use his right hand more than he'd have liked.
The youngster is set to under-go surgery on the elbow issue, which was said to be an issue on a tendon in his arm, in the very near future with the issue hoping to be resolved quickly.
Kim has stated that after the surgery is complete his team will start to look at top 10 opponents for him with the hope being that he will get a chance to take a big step towards a world title fight next year. It's unlikely he'll get that shot a title in the next 12 months but next year will certainly be about climbing the rankings, and bouts against someone in the top 10 wouldn't be out of the question for the youngster.
(Image courtesy of Yonhap news)