Yesterday the Korean Boxing Association (KBA), announced that they had two shows set to take place in December. Though details for both were scant with only a single bout announced for each show.
The first of those will take place on December 12th in Incheon Metropolitan City. The one bout announced for this show is a WBO Oriental Featherweight title bout between Jong Seon Kang (11-0-2, 6) [강종선] and Nam Jun Lee (11-6-3, 5) [이남준]. This bout should be a real thriller, as Kang is always in fun bouts, has a high rate and exciting style, and despite Lee being no world beater he does have the tools to ask questions at this type of level as shown in his wins against the likes of Sa Myung Noh and Jelbirt Gomera.
From what we under-stand this show was supposed to feature a bout between Korean tough guy In Duck Seo (13-3-2, 7) [서인덕] take on Filipino Jayar Inson (18-3, 12). Interestingly that bout was cancelled this week due to an increase in Covid19 cases in South Korea, making the announcement yesterday feel like perhaps the entire show will be off in coming days as well.
The second show is pencilled in for December 19th, though again may end up being scrapped if Covid19 continues to increase in South Korea. This show will be headlined a KBA Heavyweight title fight between Sang Ho Kim (7-3-1, 1) [김상호] and Sung Jin Kwak (6-1, 5) [곽성진]. This show is targeted to take place in Daejeon Metropolitan City.
As with the December 12th show there is doubt this will take place, though with the KBA only announcing the shows yesterday it seems likely that they will be taking place, despite the issues with Covid19 in South Korea.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar informed us of an intriguing number of bouts in the works for several Filipino fighters.
The most interesting of those will be a WBC Middle East Flyweight title bout between Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) and Filipino slugger Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12), which is set to take place on December 19th in Lahore, Pakistan.
Waseem is best known for his IBF title fight with Moruti Mthalane, in which he dropped Mthalane in the final stages but couldn't over-turn a bad start, losing a close decision to the talented South African. Sadly since that loss, in 2018, we've not seen much of Waseem, and he's fought twice in Dubai, including an under-whelming performance against Ganigan Lopez a year ago. He's talented, but at the age of 33 he is getting on for a Flyweight.
As for Boca he's a much less well known fighter, but a very dangerous, upset minded fighterwho put the cat among the pigeons in March, when he stopped Dennapa Kiatniwat, aka Sarawut Thawornkham, in a genuine upset in Thailand.
Interestingly both men have faced recent world title challenger Giemel Magramo, with Magramo stopping Boca in 6 rounds and losing a close decision to Waseem.
On the same show we're also set to see Alie Laurel (18-4-1, 11) and Pablito Canada (7-18-4, 1) take on Pakistani opponents.
The other bout mentioned, which will take place on another show and will see Korean tough guy In Duck Seo (13-3-2, 7) [서인덕] take on Filipino Jayar Inson (18-3, 12), though this bout appears to still be in the works and not yet a done deal.
*Note Ian's tweet mentions December 16th, it's now been confirmed to be December 19th
Earlier today in South Korea we ended up getting a rather fun filled card from Bucehon with 8 bouts on it. The card, although not a massive one, was a highly anticipated one with a great all-Korean main event, and a co-feature that included one of the brightest and most exciting young talents in Korea.
Before we get into the main bouts we just want to say a few things about the under-card.
First the match up between Min Hyuk Jang (6-0, 5) [장민혁] and Won Hyung Yoon (2-5-1, 1) [윤원형] was much more entertaining than it had any right to be. Yoon came out for the upset and first 3 rounds he held his own with the unbeaten puncher. Sadly for Yoon from 4 onwards he ended up taking a beating, as Jang took home a clear decision. Jang had Yoon hurt through rounds 5 and 6, with blood coming from the mouth of Yoon, who managed to hear the final bell. A gutsy effort from Yoon, but one that will surely see him waking up in pain tomorrow.
Secondly we were really impressed by Young Joon Cho (1-0) [조영준], as he over-came Ji Ho Kook (1-4-1, 1) [국지호]. The talented Cho looked in control through out, though was caught a few times when he elected to stand and trade, making for some really entertaining action. If Cho can tighten up a bit defensively he could genuinely be someone who can make a mark at the regional level in the future.
So on to the main bouts. The first of those saw the unbeaten Jong Seon Kang (11-0-2, 6) [강종선] extend his unbeaten record with a 6 round decision victory over Seung Hyun Lee (3-3, 1) [이승현]. This wasn't the original bout for this card, but it was a pretty entertaining bout. Kang continually came forward, pinning Lee on the ropes, with Lee having some success with his counters, but in the end Kand seemed to come out the clear winner against a game opponent. Despite the win Kang was left with a bloodied nose.
It's worth noting that whilst the bout doesn't look good on paper Lee was actually a short notice opponent for Seong Yeong Yang (8-2-5, 4) [양성영], who was suffering from acute gastritis, forcing him out of the contest. Fingers crossed we do get Kang Vs Yang down the line, as that has the makings of a tremendous war.
The main event saw a new WBA Asia Welterweight champion being crowned as In Duck Seo (13-3-2, 7) [서인덕] over-came Jung Kyoung Lee (8-4-1, 4) [이중경] in a really compelling match up that had drama and controversy.
The opening round saw Seo come forward and pressure his countryman. Lee soaked up the pressure well, moving, countering and making the most of his superior foot speed and hand speed. From round 2 Lee began to box wonderfully, showing off a slick style of boxing not often associated with Korean boxers.
From round 2 to round 5 Lee was in control, he was boxing brilliantly, clearly winning rounds with his skills, movement and accuracy and seemed to make Seo completely doubt himself. He had no answer for Lee's southpaw stance, his jab or his movement. It seemed we were on the way to a clear Lee win.
Then we saw the momentum of the bout shift, with the final round of round 6 being a huge one for Seo, who's pressure began to tell, for the first time in the fight. It wasn't a clear round for Seo, by any stretch of the imagination, but it did begin a clear fight back by him, and he had a huge round 7, with Lee pinned on the ropes for much of the round. It seemed like Seo's pressure, pressure, pressure gameplan was taking a toll on Lee, who had used up a lot of energy with his movement.
In round 8 we saw momentum shift again, with Lee getting back to what had been so successful early on. Seo couldn't keep up the output he had shown in the latter stages of round 6 or in round 7 and he opened the door for Lee once again. Round 8 was also notable for a nasty headclash late in the round that left both men in agony as we went to the bell.
Just as it began to seem like Seo was tiring he then put his foot back on the gas in round 9, and he really went after his man in round 9, trying to break him down and rip him up. Lee tried to fight back, but now now he was clearly struggling to get Seo's respect and Seo had gone into terminator mode. Lee tried to neutralise the pressure in round 10, but by the end of the round Seo was all over him and it seemed like Lee was beginning to run on fumes. At one point in round 10 Lee was trapped in his corner whilst Seo went to work, making a statement and hurting Lee.
The 10th round was a brilliant 3 minutes of action and a real treat, but sadly we weren't to see any more. Before round 11 began Lee was taken to the ringside doctor who decided that he was unfit to continue.
There was then a few moments of pause, before Seo and his team celebrated with him having his hand raised. Unfortunately our Korean isn't great and whilst it could have been a TKO for Seo, based on the cut, our under-standing is that was actually technical decision* for Seo.
What ever the specific result, it did end up with Seo being crowned the new WBA Asia Champion, and claiming one of the biggest wins of his career. As for Lee this is his second loss in 3 bouts, following a 2019 loss to Akinori Watanabe in an OPBF title, bout at 154lbs.
*Please note we are awaiting clarification on the outcome
Tomorrow in South Korea we get the rematch between In Duck Seo (12-3-2, 7) [서인덕] and Jung Kyoung Lee (8-3-1, 4) [이중경], who face off for the WBA Asia Welterweight more than 2 years after the fighters fought to a technical draw. The bout is a really interesting one, one of the most interesting ones we've seen in Korea in some time, and it has, unsurprisingly, seen the Polish betting website sts.pl put up on the bout.
The bookies have made Lee the favourite with odds of 1.57, which is just under 6/10 or -175, to win the bout. Seo on the other hand is 2.25, the same as 5/6 or +125, to pick up the upset
With both men promising a KO at the weigh in earlier today it's interesting to note that the odds on a stoppage are low. A win inside the distance for Lee is 4.0, the equivalent of 3/1 or +300, whilst a stoppage for Seo is marginally higher at 5.0, the same as 4/1 or +400.
As for a decision Lee is 2.0, the same as evens in the UK and +100 in the US, whilst Seo is a huge 5.0, the same as he is for a stoppage.
The over/under for the bout is set at 9.5 rounds. The under is priced at 2.4, the same as 7/5 or +140, whilst the over is 1.5, the same as 1/2 or -200.
Give both men have stated they want a stoppage and the nature of their first bout we'll suggest there is some value there on the under.
Tomorrow in south Korea we'll see a WBA Asia Welterweight title bout, as In Duck Seo (12-3-2, 7) [서인덕] and Jung Kyoung Lee (8-3-1, 4) [이중경] battle for the vacant title.
The bout will be the second between the two men, who fought to a technical draw way back in December 2017, with the bout being halted in round 4 of a scheduled 10 rounder for a South Korean title. That bout saw both men being damaged by headclashes, hence the early conclusion to the contest.
Given the history between the two fighters it's needless to say both were talking the big talk at the weigh in.
Lee stated that he was going to finish the match before the fourth round, and that Seo's pressure style won't work against him. Seo on the other hand said he was in perfect condition and promised that he would be the one picking up the KO win.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and successfully made weight for the contest.
The bout will be the main event of a Buffalo Promotions Card in Bucehon and sadly will be the latest Korean card to not have fans in attendance. The event will, however, be streamed on Youtube.
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