Sometimes we need to hold our hands up and admit "we don't know" and that's the case with these two very interesting and very obscure videos that we were linked to earlier today.
The videos claim to be from a North Korean TV channel from a show held in Mongolia under the banner of being IBF Asia title fights. Whilst Boxrec.com don't list them we have become aware that Boxrec, sadly, isn't great for this area of the world making things particularly difficult in allow us to identify the fighters in action.
From what we understand the show was held on November 9th 2013 at the ASA circus in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. Unfortunately much of the information on the show comes from two sources.
The first was a pre-show press release stating the date and venue of the show, as well as the fact it would feature 14 fighters from various Asian countries and that the bouts would be held alongside a ceremony to see Mongolia join the IBF. For those wanting to read that press release here it is, in English, from a Mongolian news website.
The second source is the North Korean source which uploaded the videos below. This source states that the fighters returned home on November 13th to basically a hero's welcome. Of the 14 fighters this source indicates at least 4 were North Koreans with those 4 fighters winning their bouts and IBF Asia titles. The same source also states that by winning the titles these fighters were to be eligible to challenge the champions, presumably the world champions. The winners of those 4 bouts, the 4 shown on the videos below, were apparently Paek Chung Hyok, Wui Sol Gyong, Jo Kuk Chol and Kwon Hye Sun, none of whom are listed on boxrec.com.
The final thing that we've got from this was the weights of 4 of the fights. These were Light Flyweight, Flyweight, Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight, suggesting that the North Korean winners of those bouts would be in a fascinating position to challenger for world titles.
We have been in touch with the IBF for more details and, hopefully, we can fill in some of the blanks sooner rather than later. For now however enjoy what appears to have been on of boxing's least well reported on events.
(Both videos are courtesy of DPRK Sports)
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