July 19th 2008-Geumsa Middleschool, Busan, South Korea
Jin Man Jeon (6-1-1, 1) Vs Xinghua Wang (2-0)
One of the more notable Korean fighters of recent times was Jin Man Jeon who took a number of notable fighters. Interesting he also faced Xinghua Wang, a then little known Chinese fighter who is still fighting today, with mixed success. For Hua this was his first fight outside of China but since this one he has become well travelled with fights from Australia to Tanzania.
February 23rd 2009-Citizen Hall, Dongducheon, South Korea
Jin Man Jeon (9-1-1, 1) Vs Jin Ki Jung (6-6) II
In 2007 Jin Man Jeon fought, in Japan for an OPBF title, the following year his countryman Jin Ki Jung travelled to Japan in attempt claim an Oriental title. Both men were unsuccessful and in 2009 they faced each other for the Korean Super Flyweight title.
Note-This is the second fight between the two who also fought in 2008, with Jeon winning that one by technical decision.
April 27 2009-Munsan Primary School, Paju City, South Korea
Jin Man Jeon (10-1-1, 1) Vs Ki Suk Bae (7-4-1, 4)
Korean fighters haven't made much noise in recent years though the career of Jin Man Jeon, who has faced a variety of notable fighters like Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, Takefumi Sakata and Milan Melindo. One of his more notable domestic level bouts saw him face Ki Suk Bae for the Korean Super Flyweight title.
Later this month, October 2014, we will see Thailand's Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in a WBC Bantamweight world title fight against Shinsuke Yamanaka. That bout will be the 5th fight outside of Thailand for Suriyan who made his international debut 6 years earlier in South Korea when he traveled to Masan City to battle against the light hitting Jin-Man Jeon in a fight for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title.
At the time of this bout Jeon, best known for his 2010 loss to Milan Melindo, was viewed as a promising Korean Prospect and came in to this bout with just 1 loss from 10 bouts, a stoppage to the then OPBF Super Flyweight champion Kuniyuki Aizawa. As for Suriyan he was a complete unknown outside of the hardcore Thai fans who had perhaps seen him in action in his homeland.
We won't ruin the result of the fight though it's fair to say that both men have gone very different ways in their career following this bout with Suriyan having become a world champion in 2011 whilst Jeon is a long forgotten fighter who we believe has since retired. And despite neither looking world class here the fight was an enjoyable one with several rounds of very fun to watch high-octane inside work from both
Note, this bout was on the same card as Hayato Kimura Vs Little Roseman.
Not every fighter is blessed with power and no-one would ever describe Milan Melindo as a puncher though he does have a number of relatively early stoppages, including one over former 3-time Korean national champion Jin Man Jeon in what was a pretty fun to watch fight between two guys who aren't big punchers.
The fight started with a good opening round that saw both men landing some solid shots. In round 2 however an incredible combination from Melindo sent the Korean down in agony with an apparent eye injury. The injury was so bad that Jeon stayed down for the 10 count before getting medical attention and congratulating Melindo on the win.
Since this fight Melindo has become a fixture in the world rankings and, although he lost to Juan Francisco Estrada, we'd expect to see him fighting in several world title fights in coming years.
Jeon, although not a major name, has, prior to this fight, fought Hirofumi Mukai, as mentioned in commentary, Takefumi Sakata and interestingly held a notable win over Suriyan Sor Rungvisai
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