Tomorrow in South Korea we'll see a new KBM Light Middleweight champion being crowned as talented teenager Sung Min Yuh (4-0) [유성민] battles Soo Lee (3-4-2, 3) [이 수] for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part on their weigh in for the bout and both men came in under the 154lb limit for the title.
On the scales Yuh, the shorter and younger man, came in at 153.55lbs and looked a touchy fleshy at the weight. Lee, who is moving down from Middleweight for the bout, was bang on the limit at 154lbs.
Interestingly the winner of this will almost certainly be expected to make his first defense against Do Ha Kim (7-1) [김도하], who was supposed to take on Yuh until an injury forced him out of the proposed match up.
For fans wanting to watch this it's expected to be shown on STN in South Korea tomorrow along with the first show of this year's Battle Royal tournament.
Earlier today KBM announced that their June 27th show, which will feature the first round of this year's Battle Royal tournament, will also feature a KBM title bout.
Originally the plans had been for the unbeaten Sung Min Yuh (4-0) [유성민] to take on Do Ha Kim (7-1) [김도하] for the KBM Light Middleweight title, with both men winning eliminators back in January.
That bout however isn't going to be the one taking place in late June. Instead Yuh will be taking on Soo Lee (3-4-2, 3) [이 수] for the vacant title.
The reason Kim isn't getting his title shot in June is due to an injury suffered earlier this year, that is still giving him issues. He will, however, be expected to take on the winner of the Yuh Vs Lee bout somewhere down the line.
Whilst this bout has been reported, along with the details that the Battle Royal show will take place on June 27th, there are no details yet on the venue, or on the match ups for the Battle Royal tournament. They are both expected to be announced later in the week but it does seem odd that a venue hasn't been set in stone just a month away from the show. KBM have previously admitted that they are struggling for a venue but it does seem like a venue will need to be confirmed very soon.
Over the last couple of days BoxingM (KBM) have announced that they have set aside June 27th for the first round of the Battle Royal tournament. Though they have admitted they are having some issues on sorting out the venue and full bout line up for the event, with those details expected to be ironed out and announced next week.
The statement announcing the date of the show has come with the KBM stating that they have struggled to secure public venues and school gymnasiums for the show, and that local governments have objected to the use of an outdoor ring. As a result it appears the show will take place at a general gym.
The show will be the round of 16 part of the tournament, with the next round expected to take place in August.
At the time of writing it appears that the event will not have fans in attendance, wherever the event ends up being held, due to the current on going situation.
For those unaware the Battle Royal tournament is the KBM's answer to the Japanese Rookie of the Year, and pits novices against each other in a knockout tournament. The tournament is one of the best things about Korean boxing in recent years and is seen as a launchpad for future Korean stars.
Earlier today Korea BoxingM (KBM) announced the details of their fourth Battle Royal tournament.
This year fighters will be accepted into all 17 weight classes, a big increase from the last few years where they've actually been reducing the weight classes used. The first tournament was in 8 divisions, that dropped to 7 for Battle Royal 2 and then down to 5 last year.
The reason for the change appears to be the number of applicants and this allowed KBM to be flexible in their approach, merging divisions if they lack enough fighters, or using alternative weight classes if a division has too many fighters.
The hope is to have 16 fighters in each division, with the tournament set to begin on March 28th with the round of 16. The winners of that will return on May 16th in the quarter final, before the semi finals on July 11th and then the finals, which are scheduled for September 5th.
The tournament will see all bouts scheduled for 4 rounds except the finals, which will be 6 rounds. The the different stages will also come with different financial rewards.
As with all tournaments like this there are specific criteria for entrants. These include things like age restrictions, with the competition being open only to those between 16 and 42, with those over 37 needing doctors certificates of health. Fighters who have been top amateurs aren't allowed to enter and neither are those who have participated in a previous Battle Royal tournament.
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