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.
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.
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