Earlier today fans in South Korea saw former world champion Yong Soo Choi (30-4-1, 20) [최용수] make a successful return to the ring as he recorded an 8th round TKO win against Japanese fighter Kazuya Nakano (9-6-1, 7) [中野 和也] in Dangjin.
The fight, Choi's first in over 13 years, saw the Korean starting slowly. As a result Nakano seemed to rack up a number of the early rounds, simply on his activity, sharpness and youthfulness. By round 4 Choi had started to shake some ring rust and his power was beginning to take it's toll on Nakano, who was dropped as a result of Choi's heavy hands.
Nakano tried to rally back but in round 7 Choi's power again took an effect on Nakano who dropped again, before being stopped in round 8, with the referee saving the Japanese visitor from further punishment as he began to take a bit of a beating.
Although it's unclear if this was just a one off foe Choi or a full fledged comeback, it's fair to say that the former Super Featherweight champion still has the fighting spirit that made him so popular back in the 1990's.
(Image courtesy of Hanagata Gym)
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