Earlier today Korean boxing had it's target set for the 2020 Olympics with former world champion Soo Hwan Hong [홍수환, the current head of the KBC, setting a target of two gold medals, a really surprising figure given that only one Korean boxer even went to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The comments came as Hong took part in some media events related to the HQ move from the KBC, who will now be based in Sejong City, with the hope that the relocation will help aid investment in the sport, and that a growth in invest will unearth new talent in the sport, leading to success in Tokyo.
The meeting saw Hong mention the success of Korean archers, who claimed 4 of South Korea's 9 gold medals in Rio, and suggested that if boxing got investment the sport could give similar results in Tokyo.
Sadly for Hong it does need to be noted that Korean boxers haven't fared well in recent Olympic games, with only 4 medals since the 2000 Games and none of those have been gold. They've been for Han Soon-Chul, who won Silver in 2012, Kim Jung-Joo, Bronze in 2008 and 2004, and Jo Seok-Hwan who also won a bronze in 2004. In fact they've not had a gold in the Olympics since 1988, when they had two at the Seoul Olympics including the very controversial win for Park Si-Hun, who won one along Kim Kwang-Sun
If Hong can achieve the target he's set then we'll be massively impressed, but we sadly can't see Korean boxing become a giant of the so quickly given their less than great success in recent years.
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Every so often there are news stories that slip us by completely, one of those occurred in early September and was a rather touching one that we are sad to say we didn't read at the time.
The story in question was the reunion of Soo Hong Hwan [홍수환] and Hector Carrasquilla, who fought each other in the inaugural WBA Super Bantamweight title fight back in November 1977.
The bout was one of the most remarkable in living memory, with Hwan being dropped 4 times in round 2 before stopping Carrasquilla in the third round, marking one of the most amazing comebacks in boxing history.
The two, who seemingly hadn't met in the last 39 years, were all smiles and looked like incredibly close friends from the meeting, which occurred in the second week of September courtesy, in part to the Korean Foundation.
For fight fans that missed their classic bout we've included it below in full.
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Our Korean sources have informed us that former WBA Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight champion Soo Hwan Hong has become the new president of the Korean Boxing Commission.
Mr Hong, who fought professionally between 1969 and 1980 compiled an excellent record of 41-5-4 (14) in his career which included his very memorable win over Hector Carrasquilla in 1977 to become the inaugural WBA Super Bantamweight champion.
We believe that this will be Mr Hong's second term as president having also presided over the KBC from 2008-2012 when he became chairman of the organisation. This time around he has promised a lot, including a renaissance of Korean boxing based around promoting the sport and helping to improve the fighters in the country. We hope, for the sake of Korean boxing, that Mr Hong's fighting spiriting can help re-establish Korean to the place it was when he himself was fighting at the world level.
Sadly we've got to admit that the full details of this story are sketchy though we believe Mr Hong was officially sworn in as president last week with the event timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his victory over Bernard Taylor, a victory that saw Mr Hong becoming a world champion for the first time.
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