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.
We're sad to learn today that the brilliant looking match up between Jong Seon Kang (10-0-2, 6) [강종선] and Seong Yeong Yang (8-2-5, 4) [양성영], set for August 8th, has had to be cancelled at late notice.
The KBA have revealed that Yang has had to be replaced due to suffering from acute gastritis, forcing the bout, which had us genuinely excited, to be pulled.
Instead of getting Kang Vs Yang, in what would have been a sure fire war, we'll instead see Kang facing late replacement Seung Hyun Lee (3-2, 1) [이승현], who will be fighting for the first time since losing a decision in April 2017.
The two men will be fighting over 6 rounds.
It's a real shame that Kang Vs Yang won't be taking place this weekend, though we suspect the hope, from both teams, will be to get that bout re-arranged for when Yang is recovered from his illness.
Boxing returned to South Korea!
Earlier today we saw return to Asia for the first time in weeks as a card was held in Gimpo, at the Legend Boxing Gym. The card was a small one, with 3 professional bouts on it, but it was still something major in the world of boxing, which has lacked recently.
The full show was streamed live on youtube and has been left up for fans wanting to watch it.
Sadly we only got about 30 minutes of actually professional action, starting around the 43 minute mark into the video, but it's still something to celebrate for fight fans desperate to watch boxing.
Given the state of boxing in South Korea recently this is positive in some ways, as we really need something to get excited about in the country.
Whilst there are, obviously, questions to be had about boxing taking place at all right now, and social distancing doesn't seem to have been in effect outside of the ring, it's nice to have some sort of normality in the world today.
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