Earlier today we were informed that exciting Korean Hyun Woo Yuh (5-2, 5) [유현우] would be returning to the ring on October 9th to challenge KBF Light Welterweight champion Dong Hee Kim (5-1-1, 1) [김동희].
Yuh began his career with a perfect 5-0 (5) run, claiming the WBC Asian Boxung Council Silver title along the way. The he has lost his last 2 bouts, suffering a split decision to Sonny Katiandagho and a unanimous decision loss to Koki Inoue, in a bout that can be seen below. Despite those loss to international fighters the KBF have kept Yuh highly ranked leaving him eligible to fight for their title.
Hee won the title in February, with a decision over Woo Shin Kim, and has also taken 3 unbeaten records during his career. Sadly we've not seen any footage of kim though looking at his record it's fair to say he's not a puncher and will haveto use all of his skills to over-come the fearsome and ultra-aggressive Yuh, who throws everything with bad intentions.
*Records taken from the KBF
Earlier today fans the world over had the chance to see touted Japanese prospect Koki Inoue (4-0, 3) [浩樹井上], make his international debut as he travelled to Korea to face local puncher Hyun Woo Yuh (5-2, 5) in the headline bout of a Korea Vs Japan show.
The bout, a 6 rounder, was a significant step up in class for Inoue, the cousin of world champion Naoya Inoue, and the step up showed with Inoue starting slowly and cautiously whilst Yuh came out swinging for the fences. Yuh's aggression seemed to bother Inoue who showed caution for the first 3 rounds, though was landing the better shots and blocking much of Yuh's attack.
In round 4 we finally saw Inoue come to life, dropping Yuh with a blistering assault that would have seen off lesser fighters. Another assault at the start of round 5 left Yuh looking beat up but the Korean saw out the storm until he was dropped later in the round.
Having secured two 10-8 rounds Inoue seemed to ease off on the Korean in a relatively dull 6th round.
With the win the Japanese prospect secured his first decision win and his first win outside of Japan, for Yuh the bout was a second successive loss, though he certainly impressed and will be continue to be fun to watch.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Earlier this weekend fans in Korea had the chance to catch a KBF promoted show in Busan. The card was headlined by an international bout, which saw a local fighter taking on a notable Indonesian visitor, and also featured a Korean, KBF, title fighter at 140lbs, as well as one of Korea's most promising prospects.
The main event saw the unbeaten Dong Hoon Yook (9-0, 5)* [육동훈] score an 8th round TKO win against Indonesian veteran Hero Tito (11-10-1, 3). On paper this looked like a good test for the unbeaten Yook, who had claimed the KBF title last year but hadn't fought anyone of any note coming in to this one. Tito, who had only been stopped twice previously to this bout, was expected to at least take the local the distance but was unable to see out the later stages with Yook proving his credentials as one of Korea's most promising fighters.
The title bout saw the title change hands as Dong Hee Kim (5-1-1, 1)* [김동희] claimed a 12 round decision win over Woo Shin Kim (6-2-3, 2). This was Woo Shin's first defense of the title, following his title victory last April against Sung Tae Kim, though he was unable to over-come Dong Hee who scored his most notable win to date.
One other bout of note occurred on the under-card and saw Hyun Woo Yuh (3-0, 3)* [유현우], who made extremely light work of the experienced Rusmin Kie Raha (14-9-2, 3). Yuh, touted as one of Korea's brightest prospects, needed just 157 seconds to see off the Indonesian visitor. Whilst this was the 6th stoppage loss for Kie Raha the brevity of the bout is notable with only Kazuya Maruki stopping the Indonesian quicker.
(Image and records courtesy of the KBF, note records with "*"differ from boxrec records)
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