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.
In a third bit of Korean news, regarding the country's returning boxing scene, the Korean Boxing Association (KBA) have announced that they will be sanctioning a Bumjin promoted show on June 6th, from the Road Boxing Gym in Homsong-ro.
The event will be shown on a variety of media outlets including STN Sports and YouTube, as well as a channel listed as Indian Sports.
Sadly the show is a very small one with 4 bouts scheduled for it, all of which are featuring novices. It's due to the novice status of the fighters that the even is being run under the moniker "Korea Boxing Association 2020 Rookie Ranking Exhibition".
This will be one of 3 shows now announced for June in Korea, and it's becoming very clear that the country will be picking up it's boxing scene earlier than most. However there is still a long, long way to go until we start to see title level fights in the country.
At the time of writing the only shows announced for Korea are rookie shows with the KBC, KBA and KBM all set to oversee rookie events in June. Hopefully that will lead to domestic title bouts, or even international title bouts in the months that follow.
Earlier this week we reported that the unification bout between WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미] and IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche (21-1, 17) was going to be rescheduled from February 22nd due to the Coronavirus. Now it's been revealed that two other boxing events have been postponed due to the illness.
One of those was the planned February 16th card that KBM were planning in Seoul. This card was going to be headlined by Tae Sun Kim (5-1-1, 2) [김태선] and Dong Kwan Lee (12-2-2, 5) [이동관] and has been delayed indefinitely.
The other was the planned "Rookie to Rocky" card that the KBF were planning for February 23rd. This card, like the KBM one, has been delayed with no new date announced as of yet.
Interesting the KBA, who were overseeing the Choi Vs Hamadouche bout, have announced that tickets that have been purchased will still be valid for the bout when it's rescheduled, and have made it clear that the bout has not been cancelled, just postponed. They have also announced that if fans want they can request a full refund. Likewise under-card fighters have been told they can cancel bouts set for the new date, when announced, if they wish.
Back in November IBF Female Super Featherweight champion Maiva Hamadouche (21-1, 17) announced that terms were agreed for a unification bout between herself unbeaten WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미]. Other than stating the bout was in Korea in February no specifics were revealed by the French power puncher.
Last week however the KBA, who will oversee the bout, announced the specifics for the contest.
The bout will take place on February 22nd at the at the Gwangmyeong Gymnasium in Gwangmyeong. The bout will be promoted by Bumjin promotions and, at the moment, no other bouts have been confirmed for the bout. Likewise no broadcaster has been confirmed.
The bout will unify two of the major female titles at 130lbs and potentially lead the winner to other big bouts. Delfine Persoon is the current WBA "interim" champion, and would likely love a shot at the winner, whilst rising American Mikaela Mayer is in the same division, as is Britain's Terri Harper, and both of those women will be looking at the winner of this bout as a potential future foe.
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