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 Korean fans had a special Korea Vs Japan card. The first 3 bouts ended in decisions, with a couple of draws. In the final bout of the Korea Vs Japan series we had punchers colliding as Oh Gon Kwon (7-2-3, 5) [권오곤] and Kosuke Arioka (8-3-1, 7) [有岡康輔] faced off. On paper this was the least likely of the bouts to go to the judges, and after the first round it seemed very unlikely that we'd hear the final bell.
The bout was an action packed affair from the off, with Kwon striking early and dropping his man with a straight right hand after about 25 seconds. He was however dropped himself at the end of an action packed opening round.
After the dramatic opening round we didn't see either man dropped the following round, but the intention to score a stoppage was there from both men, with Arioka seemingly getting the better of it. It was the Japanese fighter who against took the initiative in round 3, regularly backing Kwon up and pounding him on the ropes.
Kwon tried to start round 4 with some ambition but by aggressive he was leaving himself more open, and Arioka managed to find holes in his defense. To his credit Kwon was taking the shots well, and landing enough of his own, but it seemed like Arioka was always just a single clean shot away from putting the local man down again.
Round 5 was a brilliant round of action, with Kwon dominating the early portion of the round before Arioka came back into the round late, with a huge flurry of big shots. The big shots continued to fly in round 6 as both men looked to land a fight ending blow. Despite both throwing with nasty intention, and landing, neither could drop the other as we went the distance, again.
Amazingly,for the third bout in a row, we ended up up with a draw, and like the previous 2, it was a genuinely fair result, though one that Arioka will have begrudged more than Kwon.
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