The most notable the two Korean cards was held in the Saenghwal Gymnasium in Jinju City. The main fight saw the highly regarded Su-Yun Hong (8-0, 5) making the first defense of her WBO female Minimumweight title as she stopped Buangern OnesongchaiGym (9-4-1, 1) in 5 rounds. This marked Hong's first fight of the year and her first bout in 10 months yet she looked just as fantastic as ever.
The same czrd in Jinju City also featured 4 other bouts. The most notable of those saw Bum-Woo Kwon (5-1, 2) claim the South Korean Light Middleweight title as he stopped Chul-Yoon Ji (3-3, 1) in 4 rounds. The 21 year old Kwon is now unbeaten in 3 bouts since moving down from Middleweight.
The other 3 bouts on the card were all featuring young fighters just starting their career. Hyun-Kyum Park (2-0, 2) scored his second win in just 3 weeks as he stopped Joon-Oh Shim (0-3) inside a round whilst debuting pair Ji-Hoon Lee (1-0) and Jae-Won Jang (1-0) both recorded decision victories over Jae-Hyuk Lim (1-1) and Jung-Hoon Kwak (0-1).
The other card in South Korea was at the Munsan Primary School in Paju City. This card, like the other was headlined by a female world title fight as Ji-Hye Woo (13-2, 1) ended a 2 year break from the sport and defended her IFBA Featherweight title thanks to a controversial decision victory over Xu Chun Yan (2-3). Although Woo was returning from 2 years out it was Yan that really impressed and the Chinese visitor may well be able to turn around her record and have a genuine charge at the top somwehere down the line.
The card in Paju City featured 5 other bouts though they were really lacked any sort of notable quality with Bum Young Lee (8-5-2, 3) scoring the most eye catching victory thanks to a 4th round KO over Filipino Edwin Tumbaga (10-20-5, 6).
The other bouts saw Hyun-Tae Bae (2-0, 2) stopping Sang-Il Lee (1-4, 1) in just 84 seconds and decision victories for Dong-Hoon Lee (3-0), Eun-Sung Jang (2-0) and Won-Young Jung (2-4) over Sung-Joon Kim (0-1-1), Jin-Soo Jung (0-4) and Dong-Suk Han (1-5). Withim (1-1-1,1) and Soo-TaekOh (0-0-1).
For Asian fans it's fair to say that the biggest news wasn't in Korea but was instead in Mexico where 4 Japanese fighters went and faced 4 Mexians. Sadly the score from the 4 bouts was 3-1 to Mexico with only Riyo Togo (10-4-1, 9) managing a win as she blasted out the highly regarded Mariana Juarez (36-7-3, 16) in just 118 seconds.
Togo's good work was unfortunately overshadowed by losses by Seizo Kono (13-5-1, 8) who was stopped by Rey Vargas (14-0, 13); Akinori Kanai (25-8, 22) who was stopped by Dante Jardon (23-3, 19) and Akihiko Katagiri (12-7-1, 4) who was stopped by former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46).
Though of course it wasn't just Mexico with an Asian interest as former world title challenger Michael Farenas (35-4-4, 27) also fought, though admittedly not for long as he crushed Gerardo Zayas (19-22-2, 11) inside a round.