March 27th 1999-88 Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Yong Soo Choi (24-3-1, 14) Vs Ric Ramirez (24-21-1, 9)
In 1998 Korean fighter Yong Soo Choi lost the WBA Super Featherweight title. In his first bout following that loss he took on journeyman Ric Ramirez
February 5th 2017-Hilton Hotel, Seoul, South Korea
Yong Soo Choi (30-4-1, 20) vs Nelson Tinampay (11-3-1, 5)
Earlier this month Korean fans saw former world champion Yong Soo Choi [최용수] battle against Filipino fighter Nelson Tinampay in a contest for the interim WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Lightweight title.
May 11th 1996-Lotte Champiom Dept. Store, Jeju, South Korea
Yong Soo Choi (19-2, 12) vs Orlando Soto (27-2, 19
Korean fighter Yong Soo Choi [최용수] claimed the WBA Super Featherweight title in 1995, in his second defense he took on Orlando Soto.
May 24th 1997-Suwon Gymnasium, Suwon, South Korea
Yong-Soo Choi (22-2, 13) vs Koji Matsumoto (24-4-1, 13)
In 1997 exciting Korean Yong Soo Choi [최용수], the then WBA Super Featherweight champion, took on Japan's Koji Matsumoto [松本好二], who has since become one of the most renowned trainers in Japan.
October 13th 1996-Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan
Yong Soo Choi (20-2, 13) Vs Yamato Mitani (8-2, 7) III
We are well aware that Japanese fighters are thrown in deep, and that was certainly the case with former amateur stand out Yamato Mitani [三谷大和], who fought just 16 times as a professional. Mitani's career was highlighted by a vicious trilogy of bouts with Korean Yong Soo Choi [최용수], with the men twice trading blows over the WBA Super Featherweight title. Here is the third chapter in their rivalry, and amazingly it was Mitani's 4th title fight in just 11 career bouts
September 5th 1998-Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
Takanori Hatakeyama (21-0-1, 17) vs Yong Soo Choi (24-2-1, 14) II
In 1997 Japan's Takanori Hatakeyama [畑山隆則] challenged WBA Super Featherweight champion Yong Soo Choi [최용수]. The following year the two men had a rematch, and just like their first it was an exciting and competitive contest.
February 1st 1997-Songnam Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Yong Soo Choi (21-2, 13) Vs Lakva Sim (5-0, 4)
In recent years we've seen a lot of fighters being fast tracked, with mixed success. One fighter to be fast tracked to a title fight was Mongolian Lakva Sim [Дугарбаатарын Лхагва] who, in his 6th professional bout, challenged WBA Super Featherweight champion Yong Soo Choi [최용수] of South Korea.
January 13th 2003-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Sirimongkol Singwancha (41-1, 24) vs Yong Soo Choi (19-3-1, 19)
The Korakuen Hall has played host to numerous great fighters, many of which have been Japanese locals. Here however we get two visitors at the "Holy Land" of Japanese boxing. The bouts sees the then WBC Super Featherweight champion Sirimongkol Singwancha [ศิริมงคล สิงห์มนัสศักดิ์] defending the title against former WBA champion Yong Soo Choi [최용수].
We often talk about how hard it is to win fights in Thailand and, in all honesty, we do believe that Thailand is in a league of it's own however the South American equivalent would be Argentina where we have seen various controversial decisions rendered including one of the worst in history. Having said that however it's not impossible to win in Argentina and we have seen a few Asian's travel there and spring a surprise against the home fighter. Recently we had John Riel Casimero defeat Alberto Luis Lazarte in a bout now infamous for the post-fight riot whilst a little further back in time we had Yong Soo Choi defeat Victor Hugo Paz in a bout that saw Choi claiming the WBA Super Featherweight title, a belt he would hold for almost 3 years.
(Video courtesy of DoctorShawHi)
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