Former WBA Super Featherweight champion world champion Yong Soo Choi (31-4-1, 21) [최용수] surprised the boxing world last year when he ended a 13 year break from the ring. On his return he scored a win over Japan's Kazuya Nakano, but despite the win her certainly didn't look like a man who was going to keep fighting.
Today Choi returned again, his second comeback bout since his long abscence, and took on Filipino Nelson Tinampay (11-4-1, 5) in a contest for the interim WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Lightweight title. On paper the 44 year old Choi looked like the experienced fighter, but at 44 he also looked like an old man with Tinampay being 20 years younger.
Sadly for Tinampay the young failed to help him in the ring and Choi gave the youngster a slow but persistent beating from the first round to the 10th, when Tinampay was finally stopped by the referee who had seen enough.
The bout started slowly, with Choi essentially walking towards Tinampay who looked to circle around the ropes. Sadly for Tinampay he lacked the speed or movement to avoid taking punches every time Choi was close to him. Round after round Choi would just walk up to his man, land a flurry and then see Tinampay move, forcing Choi to again walk over to the Filipino and repeat the flurry.
In round 3 Tinampay was downed, and looked almost done but recovered to his feet and survived through the following few rounds whilst his face began to swell and you could visibly see the youngster tiring, with the toll of Choi's punches taking their toll. So tired was Tinampay that in round he twice spat out his gum shield, and had a point taken. Just a round later the referee had seen enough and saved him from further harm, something his corner probably should have done a little earlier if we're being honest.
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