A few weeks ago the KBA announced that In Duck Seo (12-3-2, 7) [서인덕] and Jung Kyoung Lee (8-3-1, 4) [이중경] would face off for the WBA Asia Welterweight title in July. That bout, and entire show, has now been re-arranged, being pushed back from July 4th to August 8th.
The bout was one of the most interesting all-Korean bouts in quite some time, so whilst it's a shame we have to wait longer for the bout it's still great that it's taking place, and although the WBA Asia Welterweight title isn't worth much in the grand scheme of things it does add something extra to a bout like this.
Interestingly the KBA have also another a new supporting bout for the show, with the always fun to watch Jong Seon Kang (10-0-2, 6) [강종선] taking on Seong Yeong Yang (8-2-5, 4) [양성영] in a 10 round Featherweight bout. If this bout has been the reason the show has been delayed we're certainly not going to complain, as this is another fantastic match up and Kang is one of the most exciting Korean's in the sport, as we saw last year here in his great bout with Tomjune Mangubat in Vietnam.
Interestingly it appears that fans may be able to attend the event, with the KBA announcing that the ability of spectators to attend will be announced at a later date. Again if this is why the event has been delayed, to allow fans to attend, then it's hard to complain about the decision to push the show by a month.
Earlier this week the KBA announced details of a July 4th show being promoted by Buffalo Promotions. The full details, including the venue, have yet to be decided but there have been 7 matches announced for the show, as boxing continues to bounce back in Korea.
The main event of the card will see In Duck Seo (12-3-2, 7) [서인덕] and Jung Kyoung Lee (8-3-1, 4) [이중경] battle in a 12 rounder for the WBA Asia Welterweight title.
It's rare to actually get legitimately excited about a Korean bout, especially those put on by the KBA, but this one is legitimately mouth water. Seo, whilst not the best fighter out there, is a crude puncher who's sensational KO last year over Tysinn Best in Australia put him on the international map, and had followed a notable win over Heuk San Lee. Sadly he has lost his last 2, but will feel this is a great chance to get back to winning ways.
Lee on the other hand is a former OPBF Light Middleweight champion, having won the title in early 2019 when he stopped Samuel Colomban. He lost that belt in his first defense, to Akinori Watanabe, but has bounced back with a win over Saddam Kietyongyuth.
The other noteworthy bout announced for this card will see once beaten teenager Jong Bin Lim (4-1-1, 1) [임종빈] take on the hard hitting Min Hyuk Jang (5-0, 5) [장민혁] in a 6 rounder.
Coming in to this the 18 year old Lim will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Hwan Young Jo last year whilst Jang will be looking to continue his run of destruction, and building on his latest win, which happened this past weekend in Siheung.
At the moment there are 5 other bouts pencilled in for the show, but all of those are low level 4 rounders.
Earlier today in Qingdao, China there was a new OPBF "Silver" Welterweight champion being crowned, as China's Youli Dong (16-2-1, 9) [董有礼] took a decision over Korean foe In Duck Seo (12-3-2, 7) [서인덕].
The bout, the main event of a SECA/Top Rank card, began with Dong getting a surprise knockdown within just a few seconds, as he dropped Seo with a jab. Dong seemed to build on the early knockdown through much of the round but it wasn't long until Seo started to come back at him as the bout started to warm, both men began to unload heavy shots at the other.
Although both were through bombs, it wasn't all action, as they both seemed to take it in turns to let their hands go, giving us action in exciting spots, and then both resetting before the next mini-skirmish.
Despite not being the most intense fight both were landing clean and the clean shots were taking their toll, with both men tiring in the middle rounds, and both showing the scars of battle on their faces as the bout went on. Dong's nose was bloodied by round 5, and blood was smeared across his face by the end of the round, whilst Seo's face was marking up. Not only were both showing signs of damage but as they tired and slowed their footwork began to get worse and the back and forths came more and more frequently, as Seo's pressure began to catch up with Dong.
With Seo bringing the pressure it it was down to Dong to deal with it, and that's what he did, for the most part, with smart footwork, clean and effective punching and good upper body movement, making the Korean miss. Dong could never stop the forward march of Seo, who never looked like going down for a second time, but he was finding the space and timing to out box the clumsy Korean.
Unlike many OPBF title fights this one was only scheduled for 10 and it was in that round that both men let their hands go more freely, giving us one of the rounds of the fight. Despite the effort from Seo he had clearly not done enough over all, and it was no surprise when Don'g hand was raised and the belt was strapped around his waste.
For Seo this is a second loss after his huge up KO against Tysinn Best last year. as for Dong this was a second straight win and sees him continue to rebuil following his loss in Namibia to Mikka Shonena, back in August 2019.
The lightly regarded Korean Boxing Association (KBA) announced that they will be sanctioning a show in September and although their shows tend to be rather poor the September one actually looks like it could be somewhat solid.
The supposed main event will see Unbeaten Korean Bo Mi Re Shin (7-0-3, 3) [신보미레] take on Chinese visitor Jinyan Gao (2-0, 2), in what will be a WIBA Super Featherweight title defense for the local.
Shin made her debut in 2016 and despite starting her career 3-0-3 she has since reeled off 4 straight wins, including a notable TKO win over Chika Mizutani and a decision win over Rupinder Kaur for the WIBA title. On the other hand Gao made her debut in 2017, but has completely failed to remain active, with her last bout coming in September 2018, almost a year after her debut.
Whilst the main event isn't a hugely appealing bout the co-feature is and will see In Duck Seo (12-1-2, 7) [서인덕] look to build on his big KO win against Tysinn Best (10-1, 3) in June as he takes on Uzbek Khusniddin Pulatov (7-3, 5) for the WBA Asia Welterweight title.
For Seo this will be his first chance to pick up an international title, and really will give him a great chance to build on the highlight reel KO of Best in Australia. It is however a tough ask and a win would clearly be his second most impressive, behind the win over Best. As for Pulatov the fight sees him dropping down in weight, from Light Middleweight where he already holds the WBA Asia title as he looks to score his 6th straight win, following a trio of setbacks in 2017.
Sadly at the moment no details of the broadcast coverage for these two bouts has been revealed, though it does seem almost certain the KBA will make them available in the days following the bout.
Korea fighter In Duck Seo (12-1-2, 7) [서인덕] made his international debut earlier today, and did so in eye catching fashion, as he upset previously unbeaten Australian Tysinn Best (10-1, 3) inside a round.
The fight seemed like a good one on paper, but one of those where a local promoter has matched the local hopeful against an import with a good looking record but no real buzz. Seo however didn't play the part of the travelling loser, and instead came out like a man with a point to prove.
From the opening moments Seo was aggressive, pumping out the jab and firing the right hand over the top. Best managed to force Seo back, and have some real moments with a flurry, but never managed to hurt Seo, who literally waved his man in. Another assault from Best again backed up Seo but once again Seo took it well, created some space and came back firing, dropping Best with a combination, which ended with massive over-hand right.
Best got to his feet but looked gone. Had he been the away fighter the referee would almost certainly have stopped him there and then. Instead Best was given the benefit of the doubt, a horrible mistake from the referee. Seo charged in and unloaded some huge power shots, sending Best crashing to the canvas face first to record an opening round KO win, at an official time of 2:58 of the opening round.
Thankfully Best did regain his senses after what was a truly brutal knock out. For the Australian it's a huge set back, whilst Seo has just made a huge statement win and put himself on the international map.
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