Just moments ago we saw the BoxingM Light Middleweight title being successfully defended as 38 year old Doo Hyup Kim (10-6-2, 5) [김두협] held 21 year old challenger Gun Woo Gang (4-2-3, 1) [강건우] to a very debatable draw.
The fight started in a frantic fashion as Gang went on to the front foot straight away, suggesting he didn't want a feeling out round to begin the fight. He looked to set an insane pace against the 38 year old champion who was unable to match him through much of the opening 3 minutes. Although clearly outworked Kim did have moments and his shots seemed heavier than Gang's, though it was a clear round in favour of the challenger.
Gang's intense work rate continued into round 2 as Kim stood in front of him, soaking up the shots and tried to come back with his heavier, but much slower blows. The youngster seemed to be backing himself to either stop the defending champion, or have a big enough lead to cruise the later rounds, it was clear however in round 3 that he was the one feeling the pace as his work rate dropped. It was another round for the challenger, but his output had dropped and Kim was getting opportunities to work with some space.
The challenger tried to up the pace gain in round 4, but again Kim was getting some space to work and was starting to hold his own on the inside, with some very notable and heavy looking shot to the body of the challenger. The pace continued to slow in round 5, but Gang was fighting more intelligently, preventing Kim from controlling the range, and not giving the champion the openings to land as many shots as he had in the previous round. Sadly for Gang that intelligence went out the window in round 6 as he stood toe-to-toe with Kim for much of the round, allowing Kim to land some huge left hands to the body of the youngster.
The intensity of Gang picked up again early in round 7, as he backed Kim on to the ropes and unloaded, then did the same on another set of ropes. It was clear that he wasn't just wanting to win but was wanting to win by stoppage, even if it involved taking extra risks. That same mentality saw him continue to pound away up close in round 8. Kim began to respond by fighting fire with fire as we got some remarkable 2-way action, with Kim fighting his way off the ropes then turning the tables on the challenger. Gang would regain control to start round 9 and he would continue to out work and out land the champion, though his lack of power was prolonging the beating for the brave champion, who was again on the receiving end of a storm of punches in the final round.
On our card it seemed like the challenger deserved the decision, he had forced the fight, our worked the champion and seemingly out landed him by a considerable amount. Amazingly however the draw was the 4th successive draw on the show!
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On October 21st Korean fight fans in Daejeon get a potential treat as Boxing M put on a brilliant looking Korea Vs Japan show, with 7 set bouts, including 5 Korea Vs Japan bouts.
The main event of the show is one of two all Korean bouts, as Doo Hyup Kim (10-6-1, 5) [김두협] takes on Gun Woo Wang (4-2-2, 1) [강건우] in a bout for the Boxing M Korean Light Middleweight title, with Kim making his first defense of the title. Kim won the belt in March, with a narrow decision win over Boo Hyun Baek. Gang on the other hand is getting his second shot at this particular title, and will know that another loss here will likely see him taken out of title altogether, having also lost in a Korean Lightweight title fight.
The only other all-Korean bout will see Chul Yoon Ji (3-3, 1) [지철윤] battle against Dong Young Kang (3-5-2) [강동영] in a contender bout, with the winner likely to face the victor from the main event.
Aside from those two all-Korean bouts the rest of the contests will be Korea Vs Japan, with 5 bouts pitting the two countries against each other.
Those include some really mouth watering contests, including a bout between Min Jang (6-0-2, 2) [장 민] and Fumiya Fuse (6-0, 1) [富施郁哉]. The 18 year old Jang is a tall Super Flyweight, at just under 5'10" and despite having two draws on his record is a very capable and promising youngster. Fuse is also a youngster, but made a bit of a name for himself last year, when he won the All-Japan Rookie of the Year at Bantamweight, stopping Hiroki Tokuyama in 4 rounds to claim the Rookie crown. With both men being youngsters, and both being southpaw this really does look very interesting as a match up.
Another of the really attractive match ups on this card will see Korean based Mongolian Batzorig Batjargal (3-0, 2) face off against the 2017 All Japanese Rookie of the Year at Welterweight Hironori Shigeta (5-1, 3) [重田裕紀]. This, to us, looks like it could be mouth watering with Batjargal having impressed in recent bouts, albeit at the Korean Rookie level and Shigeta riding a 5 fight unbeaten run, including a huge win in the Rookie final against Rikuto Adachi. This should, stylistically, be very exciting.
Sadly at the moment there is no TV for the card yet to be announced, though fingers crossed that it will be made available to watch, as it looks very well matched and very exciting!
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