Earlier today we were informed of two bouts set for a Korean card on November 30th, pitting Korean hopefuls against fellow Asian fighters.
The most notable of those bouts will put the unbeaten pairing of Sung Jae Jo (10-0, 8) [조성재] against Deepak Tanwar (4-0, 2).
Jo is seen as someone with the potential to mix at regional level, and will expecting to pick up his 4th win of 2019, and his third straight stoppage victory. Although no world beater the 24 year old is a genuine Korean hopeful and it's good to see him fighting as often as he is this year.
On the other hand Indian fighter Tanwar is significantly less active, and this will be his first bout since December 2016, when he stopped Sutriyono Bara Boys in 2 rounds. The 25 year old Indian fighter is a natural Welterweight who is stepping up in weight to take on Jo.
The other bout Gyung Mo Yuh (6-6-3, 3) [유경모] take on the in-form Juanito Paredes (8-5-1, 3).
Yuh has won his last 3, including a very controversial decision over Heuk San Lee earlier this month. Although not the most skilled of fighters he does make for entertaining action and it's hard to not enjoy his all wildly entertaining bouts.
Filipino 27 year old Paredes doesn't look great on paper but has won his last 5, including a blow out win over former OPBF title challenger Lloyd Jardeliza.
At the moment full details of the card are unclear, but both of these bouts have been announced by the KBF.
The first of 3 title bouts in Korea today saw a new KBF Welterweight champion being crowned
The bout began with the talented Heuk San Lee (10-2-2, 5) [이흑산], a Korean based refugee originally from Cameroon, boxing well and using his athletic ability to out box Gyung Mo Yuh (6-6-3, 1)[유경모]. Late in the opening round Lee let his shots fly and seemed close to getting a KO before Yuh eventually fired back.
After a very rocky start Yuh seemed to decide he wasn't going to have let his big opportunity go by the wayside and began to pressure Lee, getting in his face, and crowding him for distance.
Yuh's tactics weren't the the most subtle, but they saw him putting Lee under pressure, taking away Lee's edge in speed and technical ability and turning it into a street fight. It was the only chance he had, and he knew it. He had to make this messy, rough and hard.
Despite the pressure Yuh struggle to have sustained success, and the effort he was putting in seemed to be taking more out of him than Lee.
By round 5 some of the intensity from Yuh's pressure had dissipated. He seemed like a man who was starting to tire, there was still fire in his belly, but the flame was starting to flicker. In round 6 Lee, who had been warned earlier in the same round, was deducted a point for use of the head. It seemed to spur on Yuh a touch, but he had taken some real punishment through the round, as he seemed to begin relying on his toughness a bit too much.
Despite looking spent in round 5 and 6 Yuh had a major break through in round 7 when he rocked Lee late in the round. Lee had put in a huge effort early in the round and had Yuh in trouble, before being rocked himself in a messy yet thrilling round, that felt like it might be the changing of the tide.
Lee came out for the start of round 8 with some energy after the minute's rest but failed to keep it up, and again Yuh came on stronger as the round went on, until both were close to a standstill. They did the same in round 9, as the footwork of both vanished, the defene of both did the same and they just engaged in a gruelling phone booth battle of wills, and physicality. This wasn't a toe-to-toe war with punches, but was a battle of sheer machismo,
The final round was another battle through exhaustion. Crisp clean punching was the latest thing to be forgotten as the fighters tiredly wailed wildly on each other whilst they were running on fumes. Both looked like their legs were ready to buckle beneath them.
After 10 rounds we went to the judges. It seemed, to us at least, like Lee had done enough. He had been forced on the back foot at times, but seemed to land the better shots, and seemed to see out the storms when he was hurt. It wasn't a dominant performance by any stretch, but it did feel like a win for Lee. The judges however went the other way, favouring the 32 year old Yuh, who got the decision and became the new KBF Welterweight champion.
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