This past weekend KBM held their latest show, which featured a number of Battle Royal bouts, for their 4th series of the competition, and a KBM Light Middleweight title fight.
Sadly despite the show being a fairly notable one, especially for Korean boxing which doesn't have much to talk about, it wasn't shown live and until today results for the show were incredibly hard to come by.
Thankfully today the KBM confirmed the results for the show and confirmed that their new Light Middleweight champion being crowned as talented teenager Sung Min Yuh (5-0, 1) [유성민] took his first stoppage win and defeated the taller, but less skilled, Soo Lee (3-5-2, 3) [이 수] in the 5th round.
Details of the bout are scarce, though it's expected that KBM will upload the video of the bout in the near future, though what is known is that Yuh was in charge through out. Going into round 5 the talented teenager was leading on all 3 cards, with scores of 40-36, 40-37 and 39-37.
Given that one of our complaints about Yuh was his laziness, it's great to see him getting a stoppage at last, and hopefully that will lead to him showing more killer instinct going forward. As for Lee this is second stoppage loss and it's hard to see him ever making much of a mark at domestic title level again.
In theory this win does line Yuh up for a second clash with Do Ha Kim (7-1) [김도하], in what is expected to be Yuh's first defense of the title. The two men actually clashed in the Battle Royal 3 final, late last year, with Yuh giving Kim his sole defeat in that final. Kim was originally supposed to fight Yuh for the belt, but injury forced him out of that contest, hence Lee getting the shot at the previously vacant title.
According to multiple Korean sources we'll see Japanese Heavyweight champion Ryu Ueda (9-1-1, 5) [上田龍] defending his belt on March 10th in an at Korakuen Hall, albeit not against a Japanese challenger.
The sources from Korea have explained that Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) [이성민], the former KBM Heavyweight champion, will be the one challenging Ueda. With the bout coming under the same rule that will allow Lito Dante (16-11-4, 8) to fight for the Japanese Minimumweight title against Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口将隆] on March 17th.
This bout comes under a rule that allows fighters from one OPBF affiliated country to fight for the national titles of other OPBF countries.
For Ueda this will be his first defense, following his victory in December over the now retired Kotatsu Takehara (15-13-3, 8) [竹原真敬], whilst Lee will be looking to claim his biggest win to date.
As is the rule with this type of bout, if Ueda wins it counts as a successful defense of the title, and extends his reign. If he losses Lee will be the champion, until he leaves Japan. In theory he could defend the belt, if he wins, but in practice it would seem unlikely that he would stick around in Japan to extend his reign.
Interestingly Lee has vacated the KBM title due to this opportunity. Originally the plan had been for Lee to defend the title February 16th against Jong Kook Kim (6-1, 3) [김종국], before Sung Min Lee suffered an injury back in January.
Kim will now face off with Jae Min Kim (2-3-2, 1) [김재민] for the vacant KBM title, with their bout scheduled to take place at some point in March, though no date has yet been set aside for the bout.
One thing we didn't expect to be talking about this early in 2020 was a Korean Heavyweight title bout, however there is now one set for February in Seoul, and on paper it looks a pretty competitive match up, albeit at a very low level.
The match up in question will see defending champion Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) [이성민] make his first defense as he takes on Jong Kook Kim (6-1, 3) [김종국], in a bout that is not only for the Boxing M Korean title but also for a top 10 OPBF ranking.
Lee won the belt last June, when he took a split decision over Hoo Won Lee, becoming only the 5th man to hold the Korean Heavyweight title. Since then he has been inactive, but is in the top 15 of the OPBF at Heavyweight. Although no world beater the 29 year old is riding a 6 fight winning streak and won the Heavyweight Battle Royal in February 2019, before winning the national title.
Kim on the other hand is ranked by the OPBF at Cruiserweight, the weight that better suits his frame, though he has regularly fought at Heavyweight, including his sole loss to Ryu Ueda, the newly crowned Japanese Heavyweight champion. His biggest win to date came in the Korean Rookie of the Year in 2016, when he stopped Sang Ho Kim to become the Korean Heavyweight Rookie of the year.
Sadly details of the under-card for this bout are not yet available.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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