Earlier today Boxing Management Korea (KBM) announced a host of changes to their up coming line up, many of which are alternations to title fights that were previously set for November.
Up at Heavyweight we'll see Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) [이성민] defending his title against Hyun Tae Bae (6-1-1, 4) [배현태] on November 14th, with Bae replacing Jae Min Kim (2-3-2, 1) [김재민]. This has come about after Min had to pull out for what is described as "personal circumstances".
Thankfully this does seem like a big upgrade at Heavyweight, with Bae looking a much better challenger, and he is a former Korean Cruiserweight champion.
On the same date we'll also see a KBM Lightweight title fight, as Moo Hyun Kim (5-1, 1) [김무현] and Dong Hyun Won (3-3) [원동현] battle for the vacant belt. Kim comes in to the bout having notched back to back wins since a 2017 loss to Gyu Beom Jeon whilst the 36 year old Won has suffered back to back losses, and likely knows it is now or never if he wants to win a title. This bout was scheduled for November 21st but has been brought forward by a week.
The plan to have a double header on November 15th have now been forced to change.
That's due to Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4) [왼쪽이] and Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원] having their clash for the KBM Light Welterweight title being cancelled, as Moon has been forced off the show. As a result this planned double header has been reduced to a single title show, with In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] and Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [조재현] battling for the KBM Bantamweight title.
Sadly for Gang this is not the first time he's seen his title fight pushed back and we could fully understand the talented youngster getting very frustrated at how his promising career has gone this year.
As a result of the changes the plans to hold a show on November 21st have now been cancelled all together, with the only other KBM show being a Battle Royal card on November 29th, as the months goes out with a bang.
Way back in July we reported that Korea Boxing Management (KBM) had announced a KBM title double header for September. Sadly the show was postponed soon after being announced due to the on going global situation.
The bouts in question were a KBM Bantamweight title bout, between In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] and Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [조재현], and a brilliant looking match up between Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4) [왼쪽이] and Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원], who were set to clash at 140lbs.
The Bantamweight bout looked an interesting one between two well matched youngsters who are both looking to build their names, despite both suffering losses early in their careers. It was however the 140lb clash that really had us excited, and it was regarded as a great test for the highly regarded Gang, who had been tipped as one of the very best prospects in Korea.
Sadly after the postponement was confirmed things went eerily quite on the show, which was expected to be rescheduled for October. This week however the KBM have finally announced when the show will be taking place.
The event has now been officially moved from September 20th to November 15th, with the Clean Hit Boxing Gym set to play host to the event.
At the moment the plan is for the show to be fought behind closed doors, with no fans, though the promoters are looking to allow spectators in if the situation in Korea allows in November.
Yesterday the BoxingM (KBM) announced two new titles bouts, both set for the same show in September.
One of those bouts will be a KBM Bantamweight title bout with In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] taking on Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [조재현] in a battle of 20 year olds. Of the two men Jang is probably the more well known, though unfortunately for him his more notable bout was from June 2019 when he was stopped in a round by Japan's Suzumi Takayama. Jo on the other hand began his career 0-1-3 but since that weird start to his professional career he has reeled off 4 straight wins.
The other title fight will be at 140lbs and is a much more attractive one.
The will see unbeaten puncher Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4) [왼쪽이] take on touted youngster Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원].
Moon began his career in 2018 and has shown solid power, with all 4 wins coming by stoppage. The only man to see the final bell with him was Hwang Kook Je, who took him 6 rounds in February 2019. Gang on the other hand debuted in May 2019, won the Battle Royal in November and then earned a shot at the Korean title this past January when he stopped Jin Su Kim in a title eliminator.
The bouts will take place on September 20th, with an under-card and TV, or streaming, details expected to be announced to the event.
(Images - BoxingM)
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