This past Sunday the KBA put on a low key card in Gimhae. Although the card was low key it did feature two WBF title fights, which in fairness are regarded about as highly as the KBA at the moment.
The first of those bouts saw Seung Ho Lee (5-0, 5) [이승호] claim the WBF Asia Pacific Welterweight title with a 2nd round KO of Thai visitor Girapan Boonpeng (4-2, 4). Sadly specific details are scarce, though our understanding is that the Thai was dropped in the first round being being stopped.
It should be noted that the records both men are credited with by the KBA are a lot different to the Boxrec ones, with Lee now being listed as 5-2 and Girapan being 13-14-1.
The second title fight saw Hee Jung Yuh (21-3, 11) [유희정] score a 5th round win over Thai visitor Saowaluk Nareepangsri (7-15, 1) to retain the WBF International female Super Flyweight title, with these records matching up to those given by the KBA. Prior to the stoppage the scores 40-36, twice, and 40-37, all in favour of Yuh who is now 6-0 (4) since losing to Naoko Fujioka in October 2015.
Given the quality of the Thai opponents it sort of sums up the level of a WBF title fight, and how disappointing the KBA match making is at the moment, though there it does seem like the KBF and BoxingM are taking things in right direction and hopefully pressure will force the KBA to pick up it's quality from these sorts of shows.
The KBA are one of the many Korean organisations sanctioning shows and although they are much less high profile than some of the others they do, occassionally, put on a show with some notable names. Their next one will take place on February 26th in Gimhae City.
One of those notable names is former WBC Minimumweight title challenger Young Gil Bae (27-5-1, 21) [배영길], who will be looking to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight title. The Korean puncher will be up against Thai foe Chatchai Or Benjamas (7-8, 6), a 25 year old Thai who recently claimed the Thai Super Bantamweight title. Although Chatchai has lost more than he has won he did begin his career with 6 straight losses, including defeats to Jonathan Taconing and Yohei Tobe among others, and has since gone 7-2.
For Bae the bout will be his first bout since last year's loss to Rex Tso in Hong Kong, and will see him fight in Korea for the first in more than 2 years.
The other notable name is Bae's wife Hee Jung Yuh (17-2, 8), who fought in a female world title bout against Naoko Fujioka last year. Yuh will be facing off with Nongkiat Saithonggym (1-1) WBC Asian Boxing Council female Super Flyweight title. For the Thai this will be her second title fight, following a WBC Youth title fight against Yuko Kuroki back in 2011, whilst Yuh will be looking to make the first defense of the title she won back in 2015.
Later today Japanese fans will get the chance to see an intriguing WBO female Bantamweight title bout in Tokyo. The bout, which sees former world champion Naoko Fujioka (13-1, 6) attempt to claim a 3rd world title as she takes on the inform Korean fighter Hee Jung Yuh (15-2, 6), takes place at the Korakuen Hall as part of a great show.
At the weigh in yesterday both fighters made the 118lb limit with ease. Fujioka, who claimed her first world title at 105lbs, came in at 117lbs whilst Yuh was 117¼lbs.
Whilst the weight was the heaviest for Fujioka it was a middling weight for Yuh who has fought between Super Flyweight and Super Bantamweight in her 17 fight career.
Whilst Fujioka, who is now 40, will be the clear betting favourite it does need noting that Yuh has won her last 14 fights following a 1-2 start to her professional career.
Fujioka and Yuh meet for WBO gold!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Earlier this year we saw touted Japanese fighter Naoto Uebayashi (7-1-1, 4) suffer his first defeat, as he was stopped in the 8th round of a bout with tough Filipino Giovanni Escaner. The loss ended an 8 fight unbeaten run from Uebayashi, who had been a standout Japanese amateur, though more worryingly it showed serious flaws in Uebayashi's approach to action in the ring as well raising questions about his stamina and durability.
The loss was a serious set back for Uebayashi but it wasn't the end of the world, nor the end of his boxing career.
Today it was announced that Uebayashi would be returning, for his first fight since the loss, on October 19th in a bout with the limited and light hitting Atsushi Hosogai (7-9). The bout has clearly been organised to give Uebayashi a chance to rebuild his confidence against a relatively poor and safe opponent. It is however a must win for Uebayashi.
This bout has been the third announced for the show. The main event of the card will be a WBO female Bantamweight title fight, between Naoko Fujioka (13-1, 6) and South Korean visitor, Hee Jung Yuh (15-2, 6) whilst another bout will see prospect Hikaru Marugame (5-0, 3) face off against Japanese based Filipino veteran Jonathan Baat (29-6-3, 14).
For those who missed Uebayashi's loss to Escaner, it can be seen below, and if you did see it it's well worth another watch.
Hikaru Margume to put unbeaten record on the line against Jonathan Baat!
Naoko Fujioka's opponent for October 19th named!
Earlier this week we reported the news that former 2-weight world world champion Naoko Fujioka (13-1, 6) would be in action on October 19th at the Korakuen Hall in a bout for the vacant WBO female Bantamweight title. At the time of our first report we didn't who the opponent for Fujioka's bout was, though we did seem to know all the other details.
On Wednesday the talented 39 year old finally announced her opponent as "Yoo Hee" from South Korea.
From what we understand "Yoo Hee" is 35 year old Hee Jung Yuh (15-2, 6) who has won herlast 14 bouts and is unbeaten in more than 7 years!
Yuh has really made her name at Super Flyweight, where she claimed the IFBA, WIBF and WBC Asian Boxing Council female titles. Saying that however she's not stepping foot in the Bantamweight division for the first time and she's actually a former PABA female Bantamweight champion and a former South Korean female Super Bantamweight title challenger.
Given Yuh's form and success it's fair to say that this is a solid match up and one that could have been a lot worse. Yuh is far from a push over and although she's be the under-dog against Fujioka, most fighters tend to be. The Korean is the younger fighter and the naturally bigger fighter and may well try to make those advantages count against Fujioka, who is one of the best female fighters on the planet.
The bout is yet to be officially announced, but putting the pieces together it looks like it will be the main event of the upcoming "Fighting Bee" show and will act as either the main event or the co-feature of the show.
Naoko Fujioka to battle for Bantamweight crown on October 19th!
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