January was a busy month for OPBF Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12) who defended his title in Japan, stopping Masatoshi Kotani at the start of the month. He was signed to fight WBC world champion Miguel Berchelt, as a late replacement for Cristian Mijares, but that fight was declined by the GAB on health grounds. He then finished the month by signing to defend his OPBF title in Korea against the unbeaten Yoon Sung Kim (10-0-1, 8) [김윤성] on April 29th.
Sadly though it appears that Magali is now set to have a very frustrating year with the bout against Kim now being cancelled due to Kim needing to pull out of the contest on health grounds.
Earlier today the KBF, who were overseeing the bout, issues a statement that revealed the 19 year old Kim had pulled out of the bout. The statement translates the pull out as being due to "personal injury" and that doctors had been consulted in regards to the bout.
The health issues have seemingly sent Kim into retirement, costing Korean boxing yet another one of their talented youngsters who looked set for big things. Whilst Kim's retirement is clearly a set back for Korean boxing it's good to hear that Kim won't be risking his health by fighting in the future against the instruction of doctors.
The promotional team for the bout had tried to get a replacement, but given the short notice there simply wasn't time for a fighter to prepare and instead the bout has been cancelled. Which will clearly be a disappointment for Magali, who would have been looking at this bout as a chance to keep busy following the inability to face Berchelt.
Although this bout has been cancelled the card will go on as a KBF title triple header
Fore those wanting to read the official statement in regards to this bout it's available here, in Korean.
Last week saw reports that OPBF Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12) had secured himself an unlikely shot at WBC Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (32-1, 28), with the bout arranged for February. Sadly the GAB later forced Magali out of the bout, refusing to allow him to return to the ring so soon after his January 13th win over MAsatoshi Kotani.
Whilst Magali clearly had every reason to be annoyed at missing out on a world title fight it appears he and his team have no intention of sitting and waiting on the side lines.
According to Korean sources Magali and his team have agreed to travel to Korea in April, for Magali to make his second defense of the OPBF title.
The reports from several Korean sources are that Magali will be facing off with the unbeaten Yoon Sung Kim (10-0-1, 8) [김윤성], if Kim can come througfh his February 11th bout with Tae Won Jung (3-0, 1).
The bout, which we understand will be promoted by Won Promotion, is likely to be confirmed later in the year and would be the first OPBF title fight in Korea since Min Wook Kim defended the OPBF Light Welterweight title against Valentine Hosokawa back in August 2013.
Although the bout is a huge step down from a potential contest with Berchelt it would give Magalia chance to pick up more valuable experience and attempt to move up the world rankings, towards a shot on merit, rather than as a late replacement, which he was set to be following issues with Cristian Mijares, who had seemingly failed to agree terms with Berchelt.
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