In February we were in touch with Korean promoter Andy Kim of AK Promotions. Mr Kim seemed frustrated by the IBF at the time and stated that he was going to take his fighters over the Thailand. At the time we expected that the plans were going to be something that would take a while to really get going however Mr Kim has amazed us by the speed in which he has worked and already he is starting to get his guys into Thailand where they are picking up wins, albeit at lower levels.
Just two days before our conversation with Mr Kim we had seen one of his fighters, Myung Goo Yuh, take out Joan Imperial in a very 1-sided bout. This past weekend we saw Yuh return to Thailand where he stopped Richie Behec and retained his PABA Flyweight title.
Just a few days after the Yuh/Behec fight we saw the Thai debut of Hyun Woo Yu, a promising 25 year old Light Welterweight. Yu made made an almost instant impact in Thailand stopping the over-matched Erawan Sithkongnapa in just 113 seconds. He's now set to return to Thailand in April where he will fight against Thai based Italian Ricardo Redbluegym.
According to the AK Promotions website the Yu/Ricardo bout will be one of two bouts featuring an AK fighter with the other fight being a WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Featherweight title fight featuring the talented Jaesung Lee, who will be battling against Jaoquim Mahe. Lee, who is well known for his memorable 2014 blood bath with Takuya Watanabe, is an extremely good fighter and will know a win here could see him gaining a WBC world ranking and putting a loss, late last year, to Shingo Wake well behind him.
Whilst it's a shame that the Korean boxing scene is still dead domestically we're excited to see Korean fighters popping up in Thailand and hopefully this will help raise their profile and move them towards bigger and better fights. It may only take one outstanding Korean fighter to really reinvigorate the counties passion for boxing and fingers crossed that we see that fighter sooner rather than later.
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Earlier today in Thailand there was a press conference ahead of this Friday's bouts which will feature several notable names.
The most well known of those fighters is the unbeaten Light Flyweight Paipharob Kokietgym (27-0, 20) who will be defending his WBO Oriental Light Flyweight title against a Filipino challenger Lionel Legada (12-7-1, 5).
For Paipharob the key is to win and look good winning here as he hopes to put pressure on the Light Flyweight world champions and get himself a world title fight later in the year.
Another of the unbeaten prospects on this card is Norasing Kokietgym (13-0-1, 10), who we believe will be fighting another Filipino fighter.
Notably there is also a Korean fighter set to be featured on this card, who we believe is the blonde haired Myung-goo Yuh (24-4-1, 19). Though we are very unsure on the details regarding this fight.
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
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