Before the pandemic hit it seemed like South Korean boxing was heading in the right direction, with prospects being unearthed, some interesting match ups on the radar and a lot of promising developments. And then it all crashed down, with bouts being cancelled, tournaments being postponed and then taken off the calendar all together and the momentum the country was building came to an almost instant stop.
Thankfully we have seen Korean organisations begin to get the ball rolling again in 2021, but it's been a slow process. An almost tediously slow process.
Thankfully as we head towards the middle of the year it does seem like things will be picking up, and today Boxing Management Korea (KBM) announced that they would be involved in a WBC Asia Silver Welterweight bout on July 3rd, as they continue to try and rebuild the damaged Korean boxing scene.
The match up for the belt will see Min Ho Jung (10-3-2, 1) take on Hwang Kook Je (6-2-2, 2), in what should be a pretty solid match up in Gyeonggi Province.
Of the two men the 27 year old Jung is the younger fight, slightly, but the more experienced man. He is a former Korean champion at 140lbs and has tested himself against some tough opponents, the most notable of which was Daishi Nagata, who he ran very close in 2019.
Je is slightly older, at 28, and much less proven. He is, however, a natural Welterweight and will be looking to make that count when the men get in the ring in July. He also managed to fight twice last year, whilst Jung was unable to secure a fight at all during 2020.
For those wanting to watch, the bout will be streamed over YouTube, on the KBM's very own channel.
To kick off a Korean show earlier today fight fans saw a BoxingM Light Welterweight title fight, as Jung Min Ho (8-1-1, 1) [정민호] and Kim Jin Soo (3-2, 1) [김진수] battled for the vacant title.
The bout was a competitive contest from the off, with Soo looking to make the most of his southpaw stance and longer reach whilst Kim looked to use his experience and get inside. It gave us some great action, though it always seemed to lacka touch of drama due to the fact both men lacked fight changing power.
With neither man able to really hurt the other it was clear we were heading to the score cards, and it was by decision that Ho would take the victory, and claim his first professional title!
Although Kim came up short we do expect to see more of him in the future, and a rematch in a year or two could well go his way, when he has just a touch more experience.
(Image courtesy of boxingM)
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