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.
Earlier this week the KBM announced the situation regarding their Heavyweight title, and they have cleared up a situation that could have ended up rather messy.
Originally the plan, way back in February, was for KBM Heavyweight champion Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) [이성민] to face Japanese national champion Ryu Ueda (9-1-1, 5) [上田龍] in Tokyo, in March. After that was made impossible, due to the ongoing global situation, the plan was then for Lee to vacate the title and give the opportunity to crown a new champion to two other fighters.
The plan there was for Jong Kook Kim (6-1, 3) [김종국] to face Jae Min Kim (2-3-2, 1) [김재민], and with Lee to get a shot at the winner down the line.
Sadly those plans have also gone awry with Jong Kook Kim being unable to fight. As a result a decision has been made for Lee not to vacate the title but instead he will defend the belt against Jae Min Kim, at some point in October, in what will be Lee's first defense of the title. We suspect the winner will then be expected to defend against Jong Kook Kim, unless he can get over to Japan for a potential bout with Ueda.
This whole situation has become a bit of a mess, but it is good to see the KBM finally sorting things out for the future of the title. It's just a shame that Sung Min Lee Vs Jae Min Kim is probably the least interesting of all the possibilities, at least on paper.
Lee is a decent fighter, nothing amazing, but very decent and is riding a 6 fight winning run, including his title win. He's unbeaten since his second professional bout more than 3 years ago. The 29 year old is full of confidence, and despite suffering an injury earlier this year he does appear to be going forward with his career and coming into his prime.
Kim on the other hand is a 38 year old, who hasn't fought since February 2019 and is very much a limited fighter, who has never beaten an opponent with a win to their name.
(Image courtesy of KBM)
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