The last Korean man to fight in a world title fight was Jung Oh Son who, on November 19th 2013, challenged the then WBA Bantamweight champion Koki Kameda. The bout was widely expected to be a mismatch with many feeling that Kameda had picked a patsy to make an easy defence against, something he had often done whilst avoid real challenges. What transpired however was vastly different to what was expected and instead of the fight being an easy defence for the Japanese southpaw he was actually pushed all the way, and dropped, in a bout that he was very lucky to win.
Although Kameda was successful in the defence of his title it was to be his final Bantamweight title defence before he vacated the title to campaign at Super Flyweight. Unfortunately for him the Kameda Gym would lose their license just months later and as a result he hasn't fought in 8 months following this bout. Strangely Son has also been inactive since this fight which is a real shame considering how close he came to becoming a world champion in what would have been one of the biggest upsets of 2013.