Earlier today Boxing Management Korea (KBM) announced a host of changes to their up coming line up, many of which are alternations to title fights that were previously set for November.
Up at Heavyweight we'll see Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) [이성민] defending his title against Hyun Tae Bae (6-1-1, 4) [배현태] on November 14th, with Bae replacing Jae Min Kim (2-3-2, 1) [김재민]. This has come about after Min had to pull out for what is described as "personal circumstances".
Thankfully this does seem like a big upgrade at Heavyweight, with Bae looking a much better challenger, and he is a former Korean Cruiserweight champion.
On the same date we'll also see a KBM Lightweight title fight, as Moo Hyun Kim (5-1, 1) [김무현] and Dong Hyun Won (3-3) [원동현] battle for the vacant belt. Kim comes in to the bout having notched back to back wins since a 2017 loss to Gyu Beom Jeon whilst the 36 year old Won has suffered back to back losses, and likely knows it is now or never if he wants to win a title. This bout was scheduled for November 21st but has been brought forward by a week.
The plan to have a double header on November 15th have now been forced to change.
That's due to Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4) [왼쪽이] and Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원] having their clash for the KBM Light Welterweight title being cancelled, as Moon has been forced off the show. As a result this planned double header has been reduced to a single title show, with In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] and Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [조재현] battling for the KBM Bantamweight title.
Sadly for Gang this is not the first time he's seen his title fight pushed back and we could fully understand the talented youngster getting very frustrated at how his promising career has gone this year.
As a result of the changes the plans to hold a show on November 21st have now been cancelled all together, with the only other KBM show being a Battle Royal card on November 29th, as the months goes out with a bang.
Way back in July we reported that Korea Boxing Management (KBM) had announced a KBM title double header for September. Sadly the show was postponed soon after being announced due to the on going global situation.
The bouts in question were a KBM Bantamweight title bout, between In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] and Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [조재현], and a brilliant looking match up between Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4) [왼쪽이] and Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원], who were set to clash at 140lbs.
The Bantamweight bout looked an interesting one between two well matched youngsters who are both looking to build their names, despite both suffering losses early in their careers. It was however the 140lb clash that really had us excited, and it was regarded as a great test for the highly regarded Gang, who had been tipped as one of the very best prospects in Korea.
Sadly after the postponement was confirmed things went eerily quite on the show, which was expected to be rescheduled for October. This week however the KBM have finally announced when the show will be taking place.
The event has now been officially moved from September 20th to November 15th, with the Clean Hit Boxing Gym set to play host to the event.
At the moment the plan is for the show to be fought behind closed doors, with no fans, though the promoters are looking to allow spectators in if the situation in Korea allows in November.
Yesterday the BoxingM (KBM) announced two new titles bouts, both set for the same show in September.
One of those bouts will be a KBM Bantamweight title bout with In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] taking on Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [조재현] in a battle of 20 year olds. Of the two men Jang is probably the more well known, though unfortunately for him his more notable bout was from June 2019 when he was stopped in a round by Japan's Suzumi Takayama. Jo on the other hand began his career 0-1-3 but since that weird start to his professional career he has reeled off 4 straight wins.
The other title fight will be at 140lbs and is a much more attractive one.
The will see unbeaten puncher Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4) [왼쪽이] take on touted youngster Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원].
Moon began his career in 2018 and has shown solid power, with all 4 wins coming by stoppage. The only man to see the final bell with him was Hwang Kook Je, who took him 6 rounds in February 2019. Gang on the other hand debuted in May 2019, won the Battle Royal in November and then earned a shot at the Korean title this past January when he stopped Jin Su Kim in a title eliminator.
The bouts will take place on September 20th, with an under-card and TV, or streaming, details expected to be announced to the event.
(Images - BoxingM)
Earlier today we got the first Korean card of 2020, and it was a small one from Korea, in a gym that seem to hold about 25 fans. Although a small show, it was a significant one, with a trio of Korean Boxing M (KBM) title eliminators on it, involving some of the most promising young Korean talent.
The show opened with Tae Woong Jung (5-3-2, 4) [정태웅] taking a decision over Filipino veteran Michael Landero (19-16-4, 8). To his credit Landero wasn't there to make up the numbers, and fought like a man trying to pick up his 20th career win. He was however a touch too slow and Jun simply out worked him, in what was an entertaining show opener. It is worth noting that whilst Landero was there to win, he had missed weight by over 3lbs yesterday and was forced to wear bigger gloves than Jung as a punishment.
The second bout was another between a youngster and a veteran as Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [ 조재현] out pointed the slippery and experienced Chul Hyun Lim (5-15-2, 3) [임철현 ]. Through out the bout Jo, who went 0-1-3 in his first 4 bouts, was busier and picking the better shots but to his credit Lim was crafty, and landed some very nice counters. This was generally fought at a slower pace than we're used to see in Korea but heated up nicely and the final round saw Lim go for it. A good win for Jo that he will learn a lot from even if he didn't really look sensational.
One man who did take his chance to shine was teenager Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원], who stopped Jin Soo Kim (3-3-1, 3) [김진수] in the first round of their 140lbs KBM title eliminator. Gang seemed to have some issues with the southpaw stance of Kim but rolled forward regardless, dropping Kim twice in the opening round to force the stoppage. The performance wasn't flawless but the result is exactly what Gang would have wanted, and a great way to kick off 2020 following his tournament triumph in "Battle Royal" last year.
A second title eliminator saw the talented and very promising Sung Min Yuh (4-0) [유성민] take a decision over the gutsy but limited Se Yul Yang (3-5-2, 1) [양세열], in a bout at 154lbs. Through out the bout Yang seemed to want to win, he was the man with the will, but he was well and truly out of his depth. Yuh went through the motions, and regularly seemed like he was playing to the scattering of fans at the gym. Yuh's work rate was awful, his defense sloppy and his effort was limited. However when Yuh let his hands go he showed flashes of brilliance, with fantastic uppercuts on the inside, great counters and very classy body shots. It seems very clear that Yuh is a natural talent, as you'd expect given he won "Battle Royal" last year, but he needs to change his attitude when his competition steps up.
The show ended with a second eliminator at 154lbs. This saw Yoo Seung Jun (7-1) [전유승], who lost to Sung Min Yuh in the "Battle Royal" final last year, take on Seung Hee Lee (4-7, 1) [이승희]. After 6 rounds we went to the score-cards in what seemed like a close one, with Lee the much busier man, but Jun landing the better shots, and showing better ring craft. In the end the decision went to Jun, paving the way for a rematch with Yuh for the KBM title. If we're being honest Lee gave Jun a real test here, and Lee would have made for a very interesting fight for Yuh, give his performance on the show.
Yuh Vs Jun II could be very good, but it could also be a very frustrating bout if neither man can find the intensity to show what they can do on a consistent basis through a fight. Both are talented, but neither showed the will of their opponents tonight, and that was a shame.
(Image from the weigh in between Gang and Kim courtesy of Boxing M)
The first Asian show of 2020 is set to take place tomorrow in Korea thanks to Boxing M, sadly however it's not going to go ahead without at least 1 hiccup.
KBM have revealed that the proposed main event bout for the card, which would have been an 8 rounder between local hopeful Nam Jun Lee (10-6-3, 4) [이남준] and Filipino fighter Juanito Paredes (8-6-1, 3) has now been cancelled.
The full reason for the cancellation hasn't been made totally clear, though those working for KBM have stated that it was Lee who cancelled the bout.
With the cancellation it leaves the show with just 5 bouts, though 3 of those are title KBM eliminators, and include two of Korea's brightest young fighters.
One of those is 140lb fighter Da Won Gang (3-0, 1) [강다원], who takes on Jin Soo Kim (6-7-1, 3) [김진수] in a 6 round bout, with the winner set to get a title fight later in the year. The 19 year old Gang has been rated very highly by our Korean sources, who have raved about the youngster's skills from seeing him in training. Although yet to truly shine in professional ranks he did win the KBM "Battle Royal" in 2019 and is certainly being moved well for such a young novice.
The other of those youngsters is Light Middleweight Sung Min Yuh (3-0) [유성민], who looks to build on his success from 2019 by facing Se Yul Yang (3-4-2, 1) [양세열] in an eliminator. If Yuh wins he will likely set up a rematch with Yoo Seung Jun (6-1) [전유승] battle against Seung Hee Lee (4-6, 1) [이승희] for the KBM title later in 2020. Notably Yuh beat Jun in the Battle Royal final last November, so there is an interesting sub story at play here, if they two do rematch later this year.
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