Earlier today Boxing Management Korea, better known as KBM or Boxing M, held a title double header in Hwaseong.
The first of those title bouts was KBM Lightweight title fight, as Moo Hyun Kim (6-1, 2) [김무현] claimed the most notable win of his career and over-came Dong Hyun Won (3-4) [원동현], with a 7th round TKO over Won.
Kim was the better fighter through out, dropping his man in the opening round then eventually breaking Won's resolve in the 7th round, right at the end of the round. This was brutal, all action, thrill a minute battling, with Kim just having too much of everything for Won.
The 27 year old Kim has bounced back well since a 2017 loss to Gyu Beom Jeon and this was his third straight win, and his first title win. Sadly for Won the 36 old has now lost 3 in a row and it's hard to imagine him getting another shot at a belt before he hangs them up.
In the other title bout KBM Heavyweight champion Sung Min Lee (7-1-1, 2) [이성민] retained his title with a 10 round majority draw against Hyun Tae Bae (6-1-2, 4) [배현태]. This was very much what fans of Korean boxing have come to expect. It was a war, with both men giving their all, and fighting each other to a stand still. Both men rocked numerous times through the bout as both men showed themselves to be free swinging fighters.
Although we've not got the scorecards for this one we were told that Bae was the winner on one card whilst the other two had the bout even, in what was an exhausting bout for both men.
Interestingly both of these bouts were fought under new rules for KBM bouts. Previously the KBM title bouts were fought under rules similar to the WBC's accidental foul rule. Now however that rule has been scrapped, and a fighter will no loner be deducted a point for an accidental foul They have also stated that the WBC themselves are scrapping the rule going forward.
Earlier today Boxing Management Korea (KBM) announced a host of changes to their up coming line up, many of which are alternations to title fights that were previously set for November.
Up at Heavyweight we'll see Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) [이성민] defending his title against Hyun Tae Bae (6-1-1, 4) [배현태] on November 14th, with Bae replacing Jae Min Kim (2-3-2, 1) [김재민]. This has come about after Min had to pull out for what is described as "personal circumstances".
Thankfully this does seem like a big upgrade at Heavyweight, with Bae looking a much better challenger, and he is a former Korean Cruiserweight champion.
On the same date we'll also see a KBM Lightweight title fight, as Moo Hyun Kim (5-1, 1) [김무현] and Dong Hyun Won (3-3) [원동현] battle for the vacant belt. Kim comes in to the bout having notched back to back wins since a 2017 loss to Gyu Beom Jeon whilst the 36 year old Won has suffered back to back losses, and likely knows it is now or never if he wants to win a title. This bout was scheduled for November 21st but has been brought forward by a week.
The plan to have a double header on November 15th have now been forced to change.
That's due to Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4) [왼쪽이] and Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) [강다원] having their clash for the KBM Light Welterweight title being cancelled, as Moon has been forced off the show. As a result this planned double header has been reduced to a single title show, with In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] and Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) [조재현] battling for the KBM Bantamweight title.
Sadly for Gang this is not the first time he's seen his title fight pushed back and we could fully understand the talented youngster getting very frustrated at how his promising career has gone this year.
As a result of the changes the plans to hold a show on November 21st have now been cancelled all together, with the only other KBM show being a Battle Royal card on November 29th, as the months goes out with a bang.
Earlier this week the KBM announced the situation regarding their Heavyweight title, and they have cleared up a situation that could have ended up rather messy.
Originally the plan, way back in February, was for KBM Heavyweight champion Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) [이성민] to face Japanese national champion Ryu Ueda (9-1-1, 5) [上田龍] in Tokyo, in March. After that was made impossible, due to the ongoing global situation, the plan was then for Lee to vacate the title and give the opportunity to crown a new champion to two other fighters.
The plan there was for Jong Kook Kim (6-1, 3) [김종국] to face Jae Min Kim (2-3-2, 1) [김재민], and with Lee to get a shot at the winner down the line.
Sadly those plans have also gone awry with Jong Kook Kim being unable to fight. As a result a decision has been made for Lee not to vacate the title but instead he will defend the belt against Jae Min Kim, at some point in October, in what will be Lee's first defense of the title. We suspect the winner will then be expected to defend against Jong Kook Kim, unless he can get over to Japan for a potential bout with Ueda.
This whole situation has become a bit of a mess, but it is good to see the KBM finally sorting things out for the future of the title. It's just a shame that Sung Min Lee Vs Jae Min Kim is probably the least interesting of all the possibilities, at least on paper.
Lee is a decent fighter, nothing amazing, but very decent and is riding a 6 fight winning run, including his title win. He's unbeaten since his second professional bout more than 3 years ago. The 29 year old is full of confidence, and despite suffering an injury earlier this year he does appear to be going forward with his career and coming into his prime.
Kim on the other hand is a 38 year old, who hasn't fought since February 2019 and is very much a limited fighter, who has never beaten an opponent with a win to their name.
(Image courtesy of KBM)
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.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!