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.
The Korean boxing scene is a mess, we've mentioned it numerous times in the past. It's a butt of jokes and an easy target to slate.
Thankfully however it's not all bad and this past Friday the KBF ended their national tournament which crowned 8 Rookies as the "Rookie of the Year" and helped give those 8 novices a huge step up the proverbial boxing ladder.
Unfortunately as these men fought solely under the KBF banner none of the bouts are included on the Boxrec.com database, their records are a mystery to us and in many ways so to are the names. We've attempted to transcribe the names of the winners. If we've butchered anyone's name we're truly sorry and will welcome
From what we understand the winners were-
Bae-Yo Han (Bantamweight)
Jae-Hyun Kim (Featherweight)
Seung-Hoon Lee (Super Featherweight)-Lee was also the MVP of the tournament
Yug-Dong Hun (Lightweight)
Dong-Hee Kim (Light Welterweight)
Seo In Deok (Welterweight)
Chu-Hon Kim (Light Middleweight)
Ju Se Oh (Middleweight)
We would like to say well done to the winners and wish them the best in their future fights. We also need to, again, say it's a shame that boxrec don't include fights fought under the KBF, even if they were to just list them as "unsanctioned".
(Image courtesy of koreaboxing.or.kr)
Earlier this week the Korean Boxing Federation (KBF) showed off their new title as they completed their re-branding from the badly faltering Korean Boxing Commission (KBC).
The aims from the KBF, from what we under-stand, are to help re-establish a professional boxing scene in South Korea after several years of the sports going backwards. What once a thriving boxing scene has become all but dead and the better Korean fighters have had to ply their trade outside of Korea just to remain active.
We have our fingers tightly crossed in the hope that the KBF will help help bring Korean boxing back to where it once was, though fear that two of the men, Ja Ik Goo and Min Wook Kim, who could have helped put Korean boxing back on the map may have already walked away from the sport due to the instability of the country's boxing scene.
For those interested in the KBF, they were launched on August 1st this year. They have announced that they will recognise "the big 4" in terms of world titles whilst on the regional scene they will recognise the OPBF, PABA, IBF Asia and WBO Asia, however whether that means they will turn down other fights for things like the WBO Oriental title or the WBC Asian Boxing Council is yet to be seen.
(Image courtesy of http://www.koreaboxing.or.kr)
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