This past weekend KBM held their latest show, which featured a number of Battle Royal bouts, for their 4th series of the competition, and a KBM Light Middleweight title fight.
Sadly despite the show being a fairly notable one, especially for Korean boxing which doesn't have much to talk about, it wasn't shown live and until today results for the show were incredibly hard to come by.
Thankfully today the KBM confirmed the results for the show and confirmed that their new Light Middleweight champion being crowned as talented teenager Sung Min Yuh (5-0, 1) [유성민] took his first stoppage win and defeated the taller, but less skilled, Soo Lee (3-5-2, 3) [이 수] in the 5th round.
Details of the bout are scarce, though it's expected that KBM will upload the video of the bout in the near future, though what is known is that Yuh was in charge through out. Going into round 5 the talented teenager was leading on all 3 cards, with scores of 40-36, 40-37 and 39-37.
Given that one of our complaints about Yuh was his laziness, it's great to see him getting a stoppage at last, and hopefully that will lead to him showing more killer instinct going forward. As for Lee this is second stoppage loss and it's hard to see him ever making much of a mark at domestic title level again.
In theory this win does line Yuh up for a second clash with Do Ha Kim (7-1) [김도하], in what is expected to be Yuh's first defense of the title. The two men actually clashed in the Battle Royal 3 final, late last year, with Yuh giving Kim his sole defeat in that final. Kim was originally supposed to fight Yuh for the belt, but injury forced him out of that contest, hence Lee getting the shot at the previously vacant title.
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.
Back in January the KBM held a small, but meaningful, show at the Kimjunghoon Boxing Center in Pyeongtaek. Whilst the venue was a very small one the card was a very significant one and featured a number of KBM title eliminators. Those bouts seem like they were essentially trying to set up the domestic title scene for the coming months with several interesting matches falling in to place as a results of those contests.
Two of those title eliminators in January took place at 154lbs where we saw teenager Sung Min Yuh (4-0) [유성민] defeat Se Yul Yang (3-5-2, 1) [양세열] and, Do Ha Kim (7-1) [김도하] over-come Seung Hee Lee (4-7, 1) [이승희]. Theses contests set up an excellent looking bout between Yuh and Kim for the title, though at the time there was no date set aside for the bout. That however changed recently, with a date and location being announced by the KBM.
Despite having a date set we still need to wait a while on this one, with the contest scheduled for May 3rd, on a show in Daejeon.
Notably this will be the first title bout for either man, but more interestingly it will also serve as a rematch of the Battle Royal 3 final at Light Middleweight, which took place last November. That bout saw Yuh take the victory by decision and give Kim his sole defeat.
Of the two men it does seem like Yuh has to be regarded as the favourite, given his prior win over Kim and his more impressive skill set, however Kim will be in the ring seeking revenge and will be driven by more than just winning the title.
At the moment no under-card details have been announced for this card, though given the show is almost 3 months away that's not too much of a surprise.
Note Kim was previously known as Yoo Seung Jun (7-1) [전유승] until he fought in his eliminator changing
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