Later this month we will see former WBO female Light Flyweight champion Eun Hye Lee (8-0, 3) [이은혜] battle against Nana Yoshikawa (6-1, 4) [好川 菜々] for the vacant WBO female Flyweight title. The bout sees Lee return to the ring after a thoroughly frustrating year in which she was unable to defend the Light Flyweight title, and was later forced to give the belt up, after seeing multiple dates with Louisa Hawton fall through.
Yesterday she explained, in a Korean interview, that she was unable to secure the sponsorship she needed to defend the title and described the situation as "frustrating", something we'd all understand. Due to the lack of funds she was forced to give up the title but was later offered a bout at Flyweight against Yoshikawa to become a 2-weight champion.
Although frustrated it appears that the fighter has used the last few months to focus on her future bout and is said to have been training with a high intensity looking to reclaim a world title. According to a Korean source that training has featured 8 hours of training a day and sparring with men as she's done all she can to prepare for the contest, which could help revitalise her stalling career.
Ahead of the bout the fighter has been featured in a small YTN segment showing her training and preparing for the bout, which really could be a career defining fight, though one that further shows why boxing is failing in Korea. A lack of money, a problem with sponsors and an inability to draw funds to bring quality opponents over. There are some promotions who have found ways around that, but on the whole boxing needs a big cash injection to really re-grow in a country that was once of the sport's major players.
Below we have included Lee's title win from last year and the YTN segment on her.
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