As regular visitors will know we do have a bit of an affinity for the massively over-looked Korean fight scene which has given us some of the best, bloodiest, wild and brilliant fights from the last few years. The same Korean scene has also given us one of our favourite active prospects, Ja Ik Goo. This video is of Goo's 3rd professional bout which saw him step up massively to fight Korean Light Welterweight champion Taek Min Kim. Kim had the clear edge in experience though had had years of punishment in his career, including his war with Sonny Manakane.
We won't ruin the bout with spoilers before you get the chance to watch the fight but we will apologise for the fact round 1 is missing from the footage, unfortunately we were never sent the opening round but you do get the rest of the action from the contest.
We would advise that after you watch this you give the other fights involving the men a watch. The video between Kim and Sonny Manakane is linked to above whilst Goo's debut, against Jung Hoon Go can be seen here and Goo's second bout, a stunning victory over Kazuki Hayashi can be seen here.
Some times watching a professional fighter make their debut can be a frustrating to say the least. That was certainly true in the case of talented South Korean Ja Ik Goo who, for around 90 seconds was part of a stinker as he, and his opponent Jung Hoon Go did very little actual fighting. In fact during the first 100 seconds of the bout the men were given 2 warnings from the referee who told them to actually fight.
Sadly for Go this was effectively the start of the end and Goo decided to really let his hands go and fight. Within moments of Goo letting his hands go he had hurt and then dropped Go who was simply unable to cope with the combinations and venomous power of Goo. Moments after getting up from the first knockdown Go was back down and this time time the referee stopped the contest.
We've never see Go return to the ring but Goo has since become the Korean Light Welterweight champion and is genuinely one of the very few South Korean fighters who really interests and excites us. Goo appears to have the tools to go a very long way and we hope to see him make the most of those tools to become the next Korean boxing star.
(Video is courtesy of boxer1973)
We'll be the first to say that not many South Korean fighters right now really take out fancy or catch our eye. One of the few exceptions is Ja Ik Goo who, we are massive fans of.
Good really has all the tools to make a big name for himself. He has skills, he has the Korean mentality, he has speed, he has a amateur background, he has power and, most importantly, he has the wonderful killer instinct.
Almost all of those traits were on show in Goo's second professional bout when he took out Kazuki Hayashi in spectacular fashion. The bout started slowly, though after about 2 minutes Goo opened up with one of the most breath taking assaults we've ever seen from a novice and left Hayashi out cold near the ropes showing his speed, combination and power in thoroughly impressive fashion.
Amazingly just 1 fight later Goo claimed the Korean Light Welterweight title stopping the experienced Taek Min Kim to further enhance his reputation as the most exciting young fighter in Korean boxing. Hopefully he'll manage to get some international exposure sooner rather than later as he has all the traits of a man who could bring major attention to Korean boxing. Interestingly Hayashi has yet to return to the ring following his painful loss.
(Video courtesy of Hyun KIM)
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