We've been happy to admit that we are huge fans of South Korean Min Wook Kim who has shown a lot of the tools needed to be a star in the world of professional boxing. In his debut he showed ambition fighting Taek Min Kim a former South Korean national champion, in his OPBF title winning effort against Romeo Jakosalem he showed spiteful power, in his second defence of the OPBF title against Dan Nazareno Jr he showed his ability to fight through adversity and in his 3rd defence, against Shinya Iwabuchi, he showed the ability to go 12 rounds and perform highly on foreign soil.
Unfortunately Kim has been a bit inactive in recent months though he was last seen in the ring defending the OPBF Light Welterweight title against Japan's Valentine Hosokawa in what was another thrilling bout involving "The Sniper".
The bout saw both men eating clean shots, it saw the defence of both picked apart but more importantly it saw some fantastic action which swung from one side to the other. Both men were forced to show their chin, their toughness and their heart.
What is really notable about this fight is the drawing power of Kim who not only had the bout shown on KBSN Sports but also seemed to be able to pack out the Junggu Hall and have the crowd chanting his name and going wild as he proved Korea's interest in boxing wasn't dead it just needed something special to awaken it. It seems that when you have a talented and TV friendly fighter like Kim a crowd will will be interested in what they do. Hopefully this will continue when Kim returns to the ring and will also help to make Ja Ik Goo a star as he too has an all action style.
(Video courtesy of J.M. Kim)
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