Tomorrow fight fans wanting a bit of weekend action will get the chance to see a potentially sensational bout from Korea as thrill a minute teenager Jong Seon Kang (11-0-2, 6) [강종선] takes on Nam Jun Lee (11-6-3, 5) [이남준] in what should be a sensational war for the WBO Oriental Featherweight title.
The 19 year old Kang is one of the most exciting young fighters in the sport. Technically he is very limited but wars with Qixiu Zhang, Tomjune Mangubat and Seung Hyun Lee have endeared him to fans of the Korean scene who know, when they watch him, that they are in for a treat. Despite only being 19 he has tasted silverware before winning the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Featherweight title and the WBO Youth Featherweight title.
Lee on the other hand is a veteran, at 37, but is very much a battled hardened fighter who beat Sa Myung Noh in 2017 and went the distance with Japan's Shuya Masaki in 2019.
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in and from what we understand both men made weight without any issues.
As well as the main event there is also 4 under-card bouts planned for the show, which will be the first in Korea in 2021.
The KBA have have announced that fans will not be in attendance for the event, but that a live stream of the show, starting at 2PM Korean time, will be available on this YouTube channel:
With all the fuss on New Year's Eve we sadly missed a story from Korea which, looking back on things, would have put a downer on the day.
That was news from KBM that they had cancelled their annual "Battle Royal" tournament, explaining that due to Covid19 they had no choice but to cancel "Battle Royal 4" and that completing the tournament was essentially impossible.
As a result when boxing is back up and running in Korea KBM will prioritise fights involving the men who were supposed to compete in the quarter finals of the tournament. Those fighters will, however, need to wait until Covid19 is back under complete control in South Korea and boxing is allowed to take place in the country.
Given the ups and downs of Korean boxing in recent years this is certainly another negative, however it does seem like the KBM are planning big things for as soon as things improve in the country, and fingers crossed by the end of 2021 we see Korean fighters in the ring on a regular basis.
Way back in July we reported that Korea Boxing Management (KBM) had announced a KBM title double header for September. Sadly the show was postponed soon after being announced due to the on going global situation.
The bouts in question were a KBM Bantamweight title bout, between In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] and Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [조재현], and a brilliant looking match up between Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4) [왼쪽이] and Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원], who were set to clash at 140lbs.
The Bantamweight bout looked an interesting one between two well matched youngsters who are both looking to build their names, despite both suffering losses early in their careers. It was however the 140lb clash that really had us excited, and it was regarded as a great test for the highly regarded Gang, who had been tipped as one of the very best prospects in Korea.
Sadly after the postponement was confirmed things went eerily quite on the show, which was expected to be rescheduled for October. This week however the KBM have finally announced when the show will be taking place.
The event has now been officially moved from September 20th to November 15th, with the Clean Hit Boxing Gym set to play host to the event.
At the moment the plan is for the show to be fought behind closed doors, with no fans, though the promoters are looking to allow spectators in if the situation in Korea allows in November.
Earlier this week Korean Boxing Management (KBM) announced that there was now a bout set to crown their new Lightweight champion.
The bout is set to take place on November 21st and will see the once beaten Moo Hyun Kim (5-1, 1) [김무현] take on veteran Dong Hyun Won (3-3) [원동현], who will turn 37 on the day of the fight.
Coming in the 27 year old Kim has scored back to back wins following his sole loss, to Gyu Boem Jeon, and appears to have his career back on track. Won on the other hand has struggled for form, and has lost his last 2 bouts, though he did score a couple of wins in 2019 and shouldn't be written off.
For those interested the title has been vacated by previous champion Oh Gon Kwon (7-2-3, 5), who is partaking in military service and then plans to increase his weight and begin fighting at 140lbs.
The bout will take place in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, and at the moment it's unclear whether fans will be allowed and whether the fight will be streamed online, televised, or recorded for viewers.
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
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