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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