In a year where boxing has taken a back seat to real life, it's fair to say that we haven't had a lot to get excited about, however it seems everyone is determined to send out the year with a bang, and we have a lot of exciting stuff lined up. Yesterday the KBF (Korean Boxing Federation) announced another show to be excited by, with a title triple header in Cheongyang-gun on December 13th,
The first of the three bouts will see Lee Dong Yoon (0-0) [이동윤] make his debut in a KBF Heavyweight title bout against Jong Kook Kim (7-1, 4) [김종국]. It's rare to see a fighter debut in a title bout, so seeing Yoon fighting for a belt in his debut is certainly very interesting, though sadly we've not stumbled on anything about him, such as amateur achievements. This may be a case of the KBF wanting to crown Kim as a new champion, or a chance for Yoon to make a huge statement on debut.
In the second title bout we'll see former Korean Light Welterweight champion Dong Hee Kim (8-4-2, 3) [김동희] attempt to reclaim the title as he battles the once beaten Min Seok Seol (6-1) [설민석]. Kim won the title way back in 2016, and made a single successful defense against In Duck Seo, before losing to Gyu Beom Jeon in 2018. Coming in to this bout he has lost 3 in a row, including TKO losses to Koki Inoue and Ngoc Hai Nguyen. Whilst Kim has been struggled Seol has been in good form, winning his last 5, albeit against inexperienced novices.
The third title bout will see Ji Myung Sun (5-0, 3) [선지명] and Yong In Jo (9-2-3, 2) [조용인] battle for the KBF Welterweight title. The unbeaten Sun began his career in 2015, and has won all 5 of his bouts, however he hasn't fought since January 2017. Jo also debuted in 2015, and was 1-2-1 after 5 bouts, but has rebuilt since then going 8-1-1 in his last 10, with his only loss in that run coming to Daishi Nagata.
As well as the title triple header the card will also feature unbeaten 25 year old Sung Jae Jo (11-0, 8) [조성재] battling 39 year old Jung Ho Jang (4-5-1, 2) [장정호] in what appears to be a WBO Asia Pacific title eliminator, or tune up, for Jo.
Earlier today we had the chance to see a KBF Super Bantamweight title bout thanks to a free legal stream of the event.
The main event, the title bout, was the only bout on the card to not be a pure novice fighter and saw Dong Ho Geum (5-3-2, 3) [금동호] clash with Joo Hyun Kim (4-4-2, 1) [김주현] for the previously vacant KBF title.
The two spent the opening seconds trying to figure out what the other had, but it didn't take long until Geum began to find his range. When that happened he began to land with consistently, out working Kim who had moments, but regularly found himself on the back foot. Mid way through round 1 Kim was in all sorts of trouble, but shows his toughness and saw out the storm.
By the end of the first round the momentum and confidence was all with Geum, who looked the more skilled, more accurate, stronger and more powerful. Kim tried to turn it around in round 2, and showed some ambition through the round. Sadly for Kim however Geum was never in any trouble and took the play away late in the round, whilst also learning he could take the power of Kim. It was a much more competitive round than the opening one, but not one that really helped to give Kim any confidence.
Round 3 saw Geum regain total control of the bout, pressing and pressuring Kim, with clean, accurate and consistent punching. That punching was breaking down Kim who was looking like he was really struggling in round 4. The pressure from Geum wasn't always the cleanest but it was effective, and left Kim looking spent until his team threw in the towel saving their man from further punishment.
By the time the towel came in Kim was looking a broken man, whilst Geum was looking like he was getting stronger and stronger.
With the win Geum claims his biggest win, by far, and put on a genuinely impressive performance.
Over the coming weeks we are set for boxing return through much of Asia, with boxing set to return to Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. Whilst boxing is returning to those 3 nations we have already seen shows in China and South Korea in recent weeks.
Interestingly the next Asian show will see action return to South Korea on July 11th with a card from the Won Promotion and SM Promotion.
This show isn't a massive one, but will feature 9 bouts in total, the most notable of which will be a KBF Super Bantamweight title bout between Dong Ho Geum (4-3-2, 2) [금동호] and Joo Hyun Kim (4-3-2, 1) [김주현].
Coming in to the bout neither man is much of a name, but Geum does seem to have momentum on his side, winning 4 of his last 5, whilst Kim has lost his last 3 and hasn't won a bout in almost 7 years!
Another bout of some interest on this card will see 16 year old Yoo Chan Lee (1-0, 1) [이유찬] return to the ring just over a month after his debut. He'll be up against a debutant and will be looking to build on a blow out win back on June 7th.
Unlike some of the upcoming shows, we're looking at you Japan!, this is actually set to be streamed on youtube on the Wochichi & Children channel from around 2PM local time, in Seoul.
For fans wanting a fix of live Asian action over the weekend there is and a Thai card both coming up over the weekend, with The Fighter being shown on Thairath later in the day.
This past week the KBF announced their first show since the ongoing global issue began, announcing that the show would be shown on Youtube, and that it would be featuring a KBF title match. The event will also be a non-spectator event, with only up to 3 people working the corner of a fighter, all of which will need to be KBF license holders.
The event will be taking place on July 11th in Seoul at the SM Boxing Gym and will be promoted by the Won Promotion.
The full card hasn't yet been announced but the main event of the show will see Dong Ho Geum (4-3-2, 2) and Kim Joo Hyun (4-3-2, 1) battle for the KBF Super Bantamweight title in a 10 round contest. The rest of the show is expected to be 4 round bouts.
According to the KBF website the event will be streamed live on to Wochichi & Children youtube channel and will begin at 1PM local time.
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.
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