In the last decade or so there has only been one Korean that has managed to capture the attention of the boxing press. The was the exciting but limited Ji Hoon Kim who managed to make his name around the world with televised fights in Korea, Australia and the USA. Unfortunately for Kim his memories of Australia are bad ones courtesy of his fight with heavy handed Aussie Leonardo Zappavigna.
The fight, which lasted less than 2 minutes, saw Kim dropped heavily after about a minute. He never managed to recover and although he got to his feet he was down again soon after wards and then finished off seconds after the second knockdown.
Kim continued to fight on in his career having mixed success but remaining a fan favourite due to his bravery and his style. Amazingly he managed to go the distance rounds with numerous other top fighters, such as Raymundo Beltran and Maurico Herrera, and Zappavigna is one of only 2 fighters to have stopped Kim. As for Zappavigna he lost his two follow up contests, including a decision to Miguel Vazquez, though had scored some notable wins since, including a stoppage of Shuhei Tsuchiya earlier this year.
(Video courtesy of Leonardo Zappavigna)
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