Sometimes it feels like boxing never ends and just a few short hours after Takashi Miura had defended his WBC Featherweight title against Sergio Thompson, we had action in South Korea.
The Korean action saw OPBF Light Welterweight champion Min-Wook Kim (11-1, 8) successfully defend his title for the 4th time as he stopped Valentine Hosokawa (16-4-3, 8) in an enthralling battle. Hosokawa, who was dropped hard part way through the fight fought back hard before eventually being stopped in late in the bout by the popular Kim who appears to be a genuine rising star in South Korean boxing.
On the same card Su-Yun Hong (9-0, 5), the WBO female Minimumweight champion, managed to retain her world title thanks to a very hard fought split decision victory over Japanese challenger Mari Ando (10-6, 5). Both women wore the scars of war at the final bell though the right woman did win despite the rather peculiar score of Katsuhiko Nakamura.
The same show featured 7 other bouts and opened with a close decision victory for Jong-Sun Park (2-0, 1) who defeated the debuting Ji-Eun Yang (0-1) in a female match up.
The zecond bout saw Joo-Young Kim (1-0, 1) claim victory in a battle of debutants stopping Hoo-Rak Kim (0-1) at 1:45 of the second round. This was one of three stoppages on the undercard with the second being an opening round stoppage for Ja-Ik Goo (1-0, 1) who stopped Jung-Hoon Go (0-1) in the fourth contest on the show. The final under-card stoppage saw Hyun-Kyum Park (4-0, 3) stopping Joon-Chul Kim (1-1) in the second round.
Unbeaten Tae-Il Kim (2-0) maintained his unbeaten record thanks to a decision over debutant Hyuk-Tak Joo (0-1) likewise Woo-Shin Kim (4-0-1, 1) also maintained his unbeaten record as he defeated Sung-Tak Joo (2-1-2, 1) in a second meeting between the two men.
The remaining bout, the fifth bout on the card, saw a draw between Moon-Sun Jung (1-2-2) and Sung-Joon Park (2-0-1) in a bout judged as a majority draw.
As well as the title double header in South Korea boxing fans in Asia also had a 10 bout show in City Hall, Sakai.
The show opened up with a battle between debutants as _Takeshi Kajikawa (1-0, 1) stopped Kenjiro Shibata (0-1) in 147 seconds. This blast out was one of just two stoppages from the show's six bouts scheduled for 4 rounds with the other seeing Hiroki Taniguchi (4-1-1, 1) scoring his first stoppage en route to defeating Wataru Sadamichi (3-5-1, 2) in the third round.
In the card's only draw Takuya Fukuda (0-0-1) was held by Michio Mizuno (0-1-1). This was one of four decisions over the four round distance and one of three very close decisions with Takaaki Kanai (2-0, 1) taking a split deicison over Kazuma Uemura (1-1) and Masahiko Jikan (1-2) also taking a split decision over Keita Honke (1-3).
The only two clear cut decisions on the card were in two all debutant matches. The first, in a four round contest saw Kiyonori Matsumoto (1-0) clearly defeat Ryuji Hayashi (0-1) whilst the second, in the show's only female bout, saw Nana Yoshikawa (1-0) defeating Thailand's Pantiwa Kaewmahosod (0-1).
Although Takahiro Murai (9-4-1, 3) also took a unanimous decision in his victory over Shunji Nagata (7-10-2, 3) the bout was certainly not a comfortable victory for Murai who was certainly given a tougher tests that he was expecting with Nagata's record.
Murai's victor over Nagata was the only eight round bout that went the distance with the other two being clear mismatches. It took Shota Kawaguchi (15-4-1, 5) just 161 seconds to defeat Thailand's Yodkhunkrai Sor Laddagym (0-2) and whilst Yoichi Oguma (15-5, 3) was taken into the fifth round by Aumnaj Bungboran (0-1) his victory in doubt.
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