Earlier today Boxing Management Korea, better known as KBM or Boxing M, held a title double header in Hwaseong.
The first of those title bouts was KBM Lightweight title fight, as Moo Hyun Kim (6-1, 2) [김무현] claimed the most notable win of his career and over-came Dong Hyun Won (3-4) [원동현], with a 7th round TKO over Won.
Kim was the better fighter through out, dropping his man in the opening round then eventually breaking Won's resolve in the 7th round, right at the end of the round. This was brutal, all action, thrill a minute battling, with Kim just having too much of everything for Won.
The 27 year old Kim has bounced back well since a 2017 loss to Gyu Beom Jeon and this was his third straight win, and his first title win. Sadly for Won the 36 old has now lost 3 in a row and it's hard to imagine him getting another shot at a belt before he hangs them up.
In the other title bout KBM Heavyweight champion Sung Min Lee (7-1-1, 2) [이성민] retained his title with a 10 round majority draw against Hyun Tae Bae (6-1-2, 4) [배현태]. This was very much what fans of Korean boxing have come to expect. It was a war, with both men giving their all, and fighting each other to a stand still. Both men rocked numerous times through the bout as both men showed themselves to be free swinging fighters.
Although we've not got the scorecards for this one we were told that Bae was the winner on one card whilst the other two had the bout even, in what was an exhausting bout for both men.
Interestingly both of these bouts were fought under new rules for KBM bouts. Previously the KBM title bouts were fought under rules similar to the WBC's accidental foul rule. Now however that rule has been scrapped, and a fighter will no loner be deducted a point for an accidental foul They have also stated that the WBC themselves are scrapping the rule going forward.
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.
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