Today we have no Korean sensations mixing it up at the world level, other than the occasional female fighter like Hyun Mi Choi. Back on this day in 1989 though we saw one of the all time greats in action, as Myung Woo Yuh, the then WBA Light Flyweight champion, faced off with Japanese challenger Katsumi Komiyama at the Chungbok Gymnasium in Chongju.
The unbeaten Yuh was making his 11th defense of the title, that he had won in December 1985. By this point he was 29-0 (10), reaching his physical prime, at the age of 25, and really impressing in his reign. Komiyama on the other hand was a 23 year old, with a record of 12-2-5 (3). He hadn't scored a big win by this point, but had gone unbeaten in 3 bouts in the US and was coming in to this bout just 7 months removed from a good win over Thai champion Putt Ohyuthanakorn.
Sadly for the challenger he found himself up against one of the all time great Light Flyweights, and found there was a huge gulf between himself and Yuh. Komiyama had travelled to win, and had given things a good effort, forcing Yuh back at times in what was certainly a credible fight from the Japanese fighter. In the end however Yuh would break Komiyama's resistence, forcing the Japanese fighter to be saved in the 10th round.
Yuh's reign would continue until 1991, when he lost to Hiroki Ioka, but a win in a rematch against Ioka would see Yuh become a 2-time champion. He would make a single defense in his second reign before retiring with a record of 38-1 (14). Komiyama on the other hand would struggle to rebuild and retire with a record of 16-9-6 (4), failing in 4 attempts to win a Japanese national title.
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