August 1st 2015-Bucheon Gymnasium, Bucheon
Mohamadreza Hamze (6-5-1, 2) Vs ???
One of the problems with the Korean scene is that a lot of the fights aren't recorded on boxrec, due to their views on the various sanctioning bodies in Korea. As a result they are missing a bout featuring Thai based Iranian Mohamadreza Hamze, who fought a Korean opponent, believed to be Min Ki Eun (4-0, 2), back in August on the under-card of Ji Hyun Park Vs Gretchen Abaniel, which is listed on boxrec.
Former South Korean Featherweight champion Bong-Joon Seok is certainly not a huge name in boxing circles though recently he recorded the biggest win of his career as he took a decision victory over Filipino visitor Vergel Nebran. It wasn't the sort of win that put the Korean on the proverbial "boxing map" but from what we understand it will move him towards an IBF Asia title bout and hopefully move him towards an IBF world rankings.
For those who haven't seen the Korean we hope this footage will help show that Korean boxing is alive, even if it's not flourishing like it once was. As for Nebran it seems likely he will become little more than a journeyman though on this performance he will be a pretty popular one given that he appears happy to always fight back even when he is looking like a very clear loser.
(At the time of writing this bout is NOT on boxrec.com)
(Video courtesy of k-boxing)
Earlier this year we saw South Korean fighter Sa-Ya Lee claim the national Lightweight title with a 10th round victory over Sang-Joon Park. Recently he recorded the first defense of that title as he defeated former national Super Featherweight champion Sung-Tae Kim with a clear decision over 10 rounds. For Lee the bout was his first as a champion whilst for Kim it was a long awaited return to the ring after losing his national title to Dong-Hyuk Kim more than 3 years ago.
We won't try and tell you this was a great bout but it is is nice to see a Korean show with a bit of glitz and glamour courtesy of AK Promotions who's whole card looked very different to many recent Korean shows that appeared to be fought in school gyms in front of a handful of people. Hopefully the show was a success for the promoter who may well be able to help reinvent the Korean boxing scene which is looking like it's almost dead.
(Note this bout is not yet listed on boxrec.com)
(Video courtesy of k-boxing
One thing about following the Thai scene is that we do struggle to get timely results from Boxrec.com sometimes fights are added to their database late whilst sometimes fights are never added. One that is currently on their system is this one between Thailand's Chatpetch Sithmorseng and Indonesian visitor Ricky Manufoe. As far as we're aware the bout took place in 2013, likely towards the end of the year, though the exact date is a mystery to us.
If we're right with our time frame then this was part of the current 10 fight winning streak of Chatpetch Sithmorseng who currently holds the PABA interim Super Flyweight title. For what it's worth the Thai started his career 0-3, according to boxrec, and has since turned his career around and improved noticeably, much like fellow Thai Super Flyweight Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who began his career 1-3-1, proving you shouldn't write off a Thai after a few early career defeats.
The Thai boxing scene is one of the most difficult to follow unless you can read and speak Thai. We have been incredibly fortunate to come across a someone willing to help us who does understand Thai and they have been able to inform about several contests that aren't on boxrec, though probably should be. One of those bouts is this one between the world ranked Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym and the completely unknown, and win-less, Saichon or Ounsuwan.
The bout was, as far as we are aware, the 30th bout that Kwanpichit has fought in and his 28th professional win. It was however a mismatch with Saichon falling to 0-19 as a result of this loss.
(Note-part of round 1 is missing)
We know there are some obscure bouts televised in Thialand but usually we get the full name of the visitor. This past Friday (August 2snd 2014) saw a fight that didn't have the surname of the visiting boxer, known only as "Taka".
The Thai, who we have been informed is Yodsingdaeng jor Chaijinda, looked great from the off and dropped Taka early in the bout with a chilling knockdown. To Taka's credit he got up quickly and continued though was back down not too much later and bout was stopped.
At the time of writing this bout isn't yet recorded on boxing records database boxec.com though we're hoping it will be added swiftly, hopefully with Taka's surname.
(Fight starts at about 2:40)
Sometimes we get footage to obscure but recent bouts. One of those was the recent contest between Kaenpetch Boxing Boy, otherwise known as Kaenpetch Sithmuangkan, and a man we believe to be Chanchai Mayurinkorat. The bout, not yet listed on boxrec, saw Kaenpetch scoring a rare stoppage win allowing us to suggest that his opponent is, or was, very limited. At the moment Chanchai isn't yet listed in the boxrec.com database so we're unsure on his record though from this performance he is not going to have had a great one.
(Note-Names courtesy of Pal and Boxing in Thailand)
Usually boxrec.com is good for the inclusion of title fights, especially televised title fights though, at the time of writing, it appears that at least one fight has slipped through the net. That's the "interim" PABA title winning effort from Nop Kratingdaenggym from October 11th 2013.
The fight, teelvised by Channel 7, saw Nop winning a clear decision over Indonesia's Skak Max to claim his first professional title and extend his winning record, at the time this bout was the 6th win for Nop, as far as we are aware.
As has become his trademark Nop used intelligent pressure behind his jab to effectively have his way with Max who was forced to cover up and fight back only when Nop allowed him to. Once again it wasn't just Nop's jab that impressed but also his head movement which really makes him stand out compared to so many other Thai's out there. Nop, as you will know if you've followed his career, is one of the Thai's who doesn't employ a "Thai style" and this bout, as good as any other, shows off what makes him so different.
Although Boxrec.com is as close to a complete collection of boxing records as there is out there it does have some holes and some missing fights. At the time of writing one such fight is the contest between Kongputorn CPfreshmart and Veeradej Manoprungroj.
The bout was the debut for Kongputorn who was then fighting under the name "Kongphutorn Nor Nophirun" and it was, according to boxrec, Veeradej's first bout in well over a year and a half.
Despite it being Kongputorn's debut he was an excellent Muay Thai fighter and skills showed wonderfully here when he put on a show-case performance and knocked out his foe in very impressive fashion. It's a shame the bout hasn't been recorded on boxrec but that doesn't take away from what was a fantastic debut for one of the future stars of Thai boxing.
(Video courtesy of Boxers in Thailand World boxing - Boxing)
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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