Earlier this month we saw Korean teenager teenager Han Bin Suh (5-1-3, 4) [서한빈] suffer his first professional loss, as he was out pointed but Dong Myung Shin (3-0) [신동명]. The bout not only saw the teenager having his cherry popped but also losing the KBM Super Bantamweight title.
Rather than rebuilding with an easy fight Suh has had his next bout announced in Korea, and it's certainly not an easy one. In fact it's a marked step up in class and his first on foreign soil.
The Korean teenager will return to the ring on April 7th at Korakuen Hall as he takes on Japanese veteran Tatsuya Takahashi (31-9-6, 21) [高橋竜也] in an 8 round bout at a contracted weight of 120lbs.
As mentioned this will be Suh's first international bout, and by the time the fight comes around he will be 20 years old. The all action Korean is one of the most fun fighters to watch with his intense work rate and aggression. Sadly he is a bit raw around the edges and can be out boxed, as we saw against Shin, but he's a nightmare to fight and going toe to toe with him is usually a mistake.
Takahashi on the other hand is true veteran of the ring, with 46 bouts under his belt. Aged 30, though turning 31 come fight night, Takahashi has gained a reputation as a limited but exciting warrior. He's a bit unpredictable in terms of results, though is very tough and his 2014 bout with Kentaro Masuda saw Masuda describe him as being like a zombie in the ring, due to his toughness and work rate.
Given the styles of these two this should be an incredibly exciting war. It won't be top level action, but will be thrilling action.
Earlier today in South Korea we saw two new KBM champions being crowned on a very interesting card from the Grand Hillstone Hotel in Jeonju. For those unable to make it to Korea the card was also shown on SPOTV.
The first of those was Kyrgyzstan born Korean Urmat Amankulov (5-0-2, 4) who scored a stoppage win over the game but over-matched Seung Yoon Shin (4-4-3, 2) [신승윤]. The bout was a genuine exciting one, with Amankulov pressing the action and breaking down Shin who needed saving by the referee after taking some pretty notable punishment.
Shin was brave, but the power, consistency and accuracy of Amankulov was simply too much for the 22 year old who was given every chance before the referee finally stepped in for what was a bit of a mercy stoppage.
With the win Amankulov becomes the new KBM Super Featherweight champion.
The other new champion was former amateur standout Dong Myung Shin (3-0) [신동명], who had to dig deep to take the KBM Super Bantamweight title from exciting teenager Han Bin Suh (5-1-3, 4) [서한빈]. Suh tried to set the pace from the opening moments but credit needs to be given to Shin for avoiding a tear up in the early rounds, relying on his polished footwork and clean accurate punching to take the steam out of Suh's early aggression. As the bout went on both men had real moments of success, with Shin having a very good 3rd and 4th round before the momentum began to swing towards Suh, who came on strong in the middle rounds.
In the final rounds a tired Suh couldn't sustain his trademark aggression, despite landing some solid shots that caught the eye. Shin neutralised a lot of what Suh did with his own work and refused to let Suh build too much with out a response. Thwarting any major assault from the teenager.
After 10 rounds there was no real doubting who deserved the win with Shin getting the well deserved victory, and the KBM title. At 31 this was a must win for Shin, who we expect to go on to more notable bouts whilst Suh has time to rebuild, and it wouldn't be a surprise to Suh bounce back, potentially at Bantamweight, in the near future.
Tomorrow in Jeonju fans will be able to see the all action Han Bin Suh (5-0-3, 4) [서한빈] defending his KBM Super Bantamweight title against former Korean amateur stand out Dong Myung Shin (2-0) [신동명] at the Grand Hillstone Hotel.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 122lb weight limit with no issues.
The 19 year old champion, seeking his third defense of the title, came in at 119.4lbs and made it seem clear that he could make Bantamweight in the future. Perhaps something that was on his mind here, though it's not the first time he has come in very light having come in under 119lbs for his last defense. Although not well known in the west Suh is the one Korean who does look like a throw back to the Korean scene of yore, throwing a lot of leather and marching forward. He is as old school Korean as any of the countries many rising hopefuls. When this bout was announced it was noted that Suh had been talking about fighting for an OPBF title if he won, so it may well be that he will be moving down in weight to challenge for the Oriental title.
The 31 year old Shin was much closer to the weight limit, coming in at a little over 121.75lbs. Of the two he looked in the better shape, though this is a big test of his stamina, with both of his bouts so far being 6 rounders.
As mentioned earlier Shin was a fantastic amateur and Korean sources report his record as a staggering 175-25 (50), with several national titles to his name. This is however a very different fight over 10 rounds against a man who simply never stops throwing, and we suspect we'll see Shin needing to answer a lot of questions if he's to over-come the teenage dynamo.
Fans wanting to watch this will be glad to hear the bout will be shown over the SPOTV service.
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Han Bin Suh to defend Korea title on January 18th, eyes potential shot at Hiroaki Teshigawara!
Over the weekend we were informed that baby faced Korean teenager Han Bin Suh (5-0-3, 4) [서한빈] was pencilled in to defend his KBM Super Bantamweight title on January 18th against unbeaten domestic foe Dong Myung Shin (2-0) [신동명].
For the 22 year old champion the bout will serve as his third defense, and sees him build on a busy 2019, which saw him fighting 4 times, winning the title and defending it twice.
As for the challenger the bout marks a big step up in. Aged 31 Shin doesn't have time to waste, especially given he has now been out of the ring since February this year, when he took a decision over Yiping Gao.
Interestingly Korean sources have added that if Suh wins this he will begin to pursue the OPBF title, which is currently held by hard hitting Japanese fighter Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2-2, 13) [勅使河原 弘晶], with the hope of landing that OPBF title bout next Spring.
Originally this bout was aimed to be made for December this year, though Suh suffered some minor injuries causing it to be scheduled for next, in what looks likely to be a relatively stacked KBM card.
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Earlier today Boxing M announced that their Super Bantamweight champion Han Bin Suh (4-0-2, 3) [서한빈] will defend his title on July 15th against Jong Won Jung (5-7-2, 4) [정종원], in what will be Suh's first defense of the title he won back in April.
The 19 year old champion made his debut in early 2017 and despite suffering back to back draws, in his 4th and 5th fights, he bounced back with his career best win in April when he stopped Dae Young Lee in 8 rounds to claim the previously vacant Korean title. The challenger on the other hand is a 32 year old who had actually fought to a draw with Dae Young Lee back in February. That draw ended a 3-fight losing run, including 2 stoppage losses on the road in Japan.
Unfortunately the challenger will go into this bout as a huge under-dog given his record, and the fact he had already suffered 4 stoppage losses in his 14 fight career.
This title bout is scheduled for July 15th in Daejeon.
Interestingly Boxing M also revealed that the winner will have to make a mandatory defense against 32 year old veteran Jong Min Jung (9-9, 3) [정종민] in their next bout.
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