On May 27th Korean fight fans will get an interesting double header courter of the KBF, along with promotional outfits J. Nine Promotions and Buffalo Promotions. The card, to be held in Busan, isn't the deepest or most interesting but it is a notable one domestically for Korean fight fans and could, potentially, help shape not only the Korean scene at 140lbs and 122lbs but also see a notable player emerge in both divisions for the Oriental scene at large.
The Super Bantamweight bout will see Jin Wook Lim (8-5-5, 2) defending his title against promising 21 year old Yo Han Bae (7-2-2, 1). Of the two fighters Lim is the more experienced and the more well known, having notable faced Satoshi Shimizu in Japan, but Bae has shown the more potential and the youngster will be looking at this bout as his chance to make a statement and claim his first professional silverware.
At 140lbs we'll see Dong Hee Kim (7-1-1, 2) defending his KBF crown against the unbeaten In Duck Seo (8-0, 5). For Kim this will be the first defense of a title he won last year, and he will be looking to stretch an 8 fight unbeaten record following a debut loss. As for Seo this bout will be his first title bout, but the 22 year old does look like a really promising fighter and will see this as a chance to not only claim a Korean belt but also begin to move towards an Oriental title fight.
The show looks set to be shown on MBC Sport in Korea and more details are expected to be made public in the coming weeks,
(Image courtesy of the KBF)
Earlier this month we reported that there would be a KBF Vs KBC show on January 22nd, with the show setting the two most notable Korean boxing bodies against each other in a remarkable, and potentially massive, show that could help Korean boxing develop in a huge way.
Today that sow was officially announced at the Ramada Hotel in Seoul with the fighters and the teams from the two bodies showing up for the press conference, and talking about the longer term plans.
It seems that both the KBF and KBC are proud of working together for the show, but neither view this as a one off, in stead they view it as the first step towards unifying the two bodies and creating a single major body in Korea, allowing them to fight the threats of the KPBF, KBA and BoxingM together.
At the moment there still seems to be a long way to go before that happens, but with a number of shows in the works for the joint venture it does look like something both parties are wanting to work towards, and both will be looking to do their best to improve Korean boxing. There is however still talks about what name the joint organisation will take, with both parties said to be determined to keep their name for the eventual unified body.
As for the boutson the show, the main event willsee Sa Myung Noh (9-2, 2) battle against Nam Joon Lee (8-5-3, 4) in a Featherweight bout set for 10 rounds. The bout is a genuinely intriguing one with Noh having mixed with the most notable names currently in Korean boxing, losing to Kin Wook Lim and Ye Joon Kim whilst holding a win over Teiru Atsumi, who has gone on to make waves in Japan. As for Lee he has valuable international experience with losses to Qiu Xiao Jun and Masatoshi Kotani but has shown in those defeats that he is a capable fighter and will have no fear at all of facing Noh.
The under-card features two other KBF Vs KBC bouts. One of those is an 8 round Welterweight contest which will see 18 year old I Hoon Jung (5-2-1, 4) face off with the unbeaten In Duck Seo (7-0, 4) whilst the other main support bout will be a Super Flyweight contest between Kyung Hwan Song (3-0, 1) and Yo Han Bae (7-2-1, 1), in what looks like a huge step up for the 19 year old Song.
If the KBC and KBF can work together, as they plan to do, for more than just a single show then we'll be able to get excited about Korean boxing once again. Fingers crossed that the two organisations are doing more than just talk here, but many in Korea have heard about unification for too long to just believe people when the word is mentioned.
(Image courtesy of the KBF)
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