Earlier today in Seoul we saw a KBC Featherweight title bout as defending champion Urmat Amankulov (5-1-2, 4) [우르마트.아만크루프] took on Dong Kwan Lee (14-2-2, 6) [이동관] clashed in an entertaining battle on a show promoted by Hannam Promotions.
From the early going this was exciting and entertaining with Amankulov pressing forward and Lee being forced to fight off the back foot, pick his moments to come forward and launch big shots off the back foot. This made for a fun dynamic, with a lot of big shots being thrown by both. It was however a more technical bout than we typically see in Korea, and both men were showing some defensive know how. For Amankulov there was a tight guard that he was boxing behind, and a nice jab setting up the distance. For Lee there was counter punching, he was using his lead hand to create space and some under-rated footwork to cope with Amankulov's pressure.
After a relatively competitive start we saw drama for the first time, as Amankulov was left cut, from a clash of heads in round 4. The cut was a nasty looking one, but it passed a doctors inspection and, to credit the corner, they took care care of it really well at the end of the round.
Despite being cut Amankulov wasn't discouraged and rocked Lee at the end of round 5 and again early in round 6 as Lee started to press more, and looked to turn the contest into a brawl. The brawling lead to more headclashes and in round 7 Amankulov ended up getting the worse of another nasty headclash. He wasn't cut this time, but was in pain and seemed to lose his composure just a touch when the fight resumed.
With the rounds ticking away the bout was becoming more and more of a fight. The exchanges were becoming more frequent, more brutal and more exciting as both men stood and let their hands go. Sadly for Lee however he seemed to be the one breaking off from the exchanges more often, and seemed to be the man who was more likely to want some space and time to work, whilst Amankulov marched forward, hunting his man.
It seemed Amankulov should have felt like he was in a comfortable lead heading into the 10th and final round. He, however, fought like a man who wanted a KO and continued hunting Lee, trying to get the fight up close with his pressure and high guard, then land his bombs up close. Lee, to his credit, tried to survive, hold spoil and was eventually forced to fight back, despite being tagged by some monstrous shots by Amankulov.
After 10 rounds Amankulov raised his arms in celebration whilst Lee looked a beaten man. Despite that we still went to the score cards and things were tense. A few moments later the scores were read out, and Lee had got the decision, becoming the new champion as a result, and taking a very questionable decision.
Earlier today in South Korea we saw two new KBM champions being crowned on a very interesting card from the Grand Hillstone Hotel in Jeonju. For those unable to make it to Korea the card was also shown on SPOTV.
The first of those was Kyrgyzstan born Korean Urmat Amankulov (5-0-2, 4) who scored a stoppage win over the game but over-matched Seung Yoon Shin (4-4-3, 2) [신승윤]. The bout was a genuine exciting one, with Amankulov pressing the action and breaking down Shin who needed saving by the referee after taking some pretty notable punishment.
Shin was brave, but the power, consistency and accuracy of Amankulov was simply too much for the 22 year old who was given every chance before the referee finally stepped in for what was a bit of a mercy stoppage.
With the win Amankulov becomes the new KBM Super Featherweight champion.
The other new champion was former amateur standout Dong Myung Shin (3-0) [신동명], who had to dig deep to take the KBM Super Bantamweight title from exciting teenager Han Bin Suh (5-1-3, 4) [서한빈]. Suh tried to set the pace from the opening moments but credit needs to be given to Shin for avoiding a tear up in the early rounds, relying on his polished footwork and clean accurate punching to take the steam out of Suh's early aggression. As the bout went on both men had real moments of success, with Shin having a very good 3rd and 4th round before the momentum began to swing towards Suh, who came on strong in the middle rounds.
In the final rounds a tired Suh couldn't sustain his trademark aggression, despite landing some solid shots that caught the eye. Shin neutralised a lot of what Suh did with his own work and refused to let Suh build too much with out a response. Thwarting any major assault from the teenager.
After 10 rounds there was no real doubting who deserved the win with Shin getting the well deserved victory, and the KBM title. At 31 this was a must win for Shin, who we expect to go on to more notable bouts whilst Suh has time to rebuild, and it wouldn't be a surprise to Suh bounce back, potentially at Bantamweight, in the near future.
Tomorrow in Korea fight fans will be bale to see a new Boxing M Super Featherweight champion being crowned as Kyrgyzstan born Korean Urmat Amankulov (4-0-2, 3) takes on Seung Yoon Shin (4-3-3, 2) [신승윤] for the currently vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both men made the 130lb Super Featherweight limit.
On the scales the unbeaten Amankulov was 129.85lbs, just under the limit, and looked comfortable at the weigh in. He appeared to be pretty hydrated and hadn't pushed his body hard to make the weight, but wasn't fat or out of shape in the slightest. In fact if anything it seemed that he could have cut weight for Featherweight if he really wanted to, but that he's more comfortable at 130lbs.
Shin on the other hand looked cut and like he had given everything to get into the best shape of his career. The 22 year old, who fought at 140lbs in September though has fought at Featherweight in the past, was 129.2lbs. On paper the's the under-dog here but looking at the shape he's in he's taken this bout incredibly seriously.
This bout is to fill the vacancy left by Dong Kwan Lee who vacated the belt after winning it last year to fight at a more comfortable 126lbs, as he did last September against Hua Long Zhu.
(Image courtesy of boxingM
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