Through out history Korea has provided us some of the greatest warriors in the sport's history. The mentality of a Korean fighter seems to be something that no other country quite managed to replicate. This doesn't mean that every fight in Korea is a FOTY worth battle, but the country certainly does deliver more than it's share of Treasure Trove worthy bouts. Here we share one that was just an all out war for the Korean Super Bantamweight title.
Han Bin Suh (4-0-2, 3) vs Jong Won Jung (5-7-2)
The 19 year old Han Bin Suh was the defending KBM Super Bantamweight champion, he was unbeaten and had won the title in his previous fought, stopping Dae Youn Lee in the 8th round. In the middle of July he took on the 32 year old Jong Won Jung, who's record was less than stellar, with 7 losses from his 14 bouts, and he had won just 1 of his last 8.
On paper this bout looked like an easy first defense for a quick rising domestic champion, who seemed likely to move into the regional title scene sooner rather than later. What we ended up getting however was a war. A toe to toe slugfest from two guys who lacked the single punch power to hurt the other, but looked to make up for that with volume, intensity and near none stop punching.
Although not a technically pretty bout, it was exhilarating as the two guys literally went to work, trying to just grind the other down. Defense and technique took a back seat to machismo, will to win and desire.
This might not be the prettiest piece of treasure from the 2019 treasure trove, but it is an insanely enjoyable piece, that's rough around the edges, but very hard to look away from.
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.