Many fighters have lost on their debut and gone on to win a world title, few however have had a turn a around like Tae Shik Kim who lost his debut in September 1977, as a 20 year old, and claimed a world title in February 1980 as a 22 year old.
Kim became a world champion courtesy of a sensational win over Panama's Luis Ibarra, a man who entered the ring in 1980 as the WBA Flyweight champion. Kim started like a house of fire and it was one of those very rare times where where see a fighter clicking on all cylinders. It was amazing from the aggressive Korean who, for a night, looked genuinely unbeatable. A fantastic win and very memorable performance by the home fighter.
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