Pyeongtaek, South Korea
The first show of a new year takes place in Korea of all places, and in terms of importance it's a pretty significant one, with a trio of KBM title eliminators on it, along with an interesting looking international bout. Outside of Korea the show won't get much attention, but in Korea it's a card very much, worthy of note.
The main event will see local hopeful Nam Jun Lee (10-6-3, 4) take on Filipino fighter Juanito Paredes (8-6-1, 3). The 35 year old Korean is no world beater, but against the right opponent he can make for good fights, and his record does have good wins over Sa Myung Noh and Jelbirt Gomera. The 27 year old Paredes has won 5 of his last 6, but returns to Korea following a loss there in November to Gyung Mo Yuh.
In a KBM title eliminator at 154lbs we'll see Yoo Seung Jun (6-1) battle against Seung Hee Lee (4-6, 1). The form book strongly backs Jun, but the 27 year old was beaten last time out, by Sung Min Yuh, and we're interested to see how he bounces back. Lee did win last time out, but is 2-4 in his last 6, and it's hard to imagine scoring back to back wins here.
Talented 18 year old hopeful Sung Min Yuh (3-0) had to battle hard for his 3 wins in 2019 but actually appears to be in an easier fight here than he was last time out. Yuh faces off with Se Yul Yang (3-4-2, 1) in what is another KBM Light Middleweight eliminator. Interesting Yuh gave the previously mentioned Yoo Seung Jun his only defeat, and wins for both on this show would likely set up a rematch for late Spring.
Another youngster in an eliminator is the touted Da Won Gang (3-0, 1), who takes on Jin Soo Kim (6-7-1, 3) at 140lbs. This bout hard been arranged for prior to the new year, but was delayed, and added to this card, where it really fits well as a third title eliminator.