This past Monday the KBF announce their next show, set for May 6th in Yesan. The card will part of their Rookie of the Year tournament but the main event won't be part of the tournament, instead it will see their Super Middleweight champion Geun Sik Choi (4-0, 3) [최근식] taking a huge step up in class to face upset minded Filipino visitor Arnel Tinampay (23-20-1, 9), a criminally under-rated danger man.
Choi, who has been one of many frustrating Koreans in recent times, debuted back in 2014 but then took more than a year out of the ring before having a great 2016 with 3 straight wins, including his title winning performance against compatriot Jong Min Bang in October. That win aside there is is little to be excited about on paper, though the Korean was a former amateur standout and many in Korea have been talking excitedly about him, and his potential.
Although on paper Tinampay looks like a typical journeyman he has proven to be the opposite picking up a string of upsets during his career, which began back in 2003. He has been in therewith the likes of Sirimongkol Singwancha and Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and never been stopped, whilst picking up wins against the likes of Dondon Sultan, Dan Nazareno Jr, Yosuke Kirima, Shoma Fukumoto and Koshinmaru Saito.
The bout should be a real test for Choi, who should be favoured but won't be able to walk through the Filipino. If Choi can score a stoppage it would be a big statement, though even thinking it will be a straight forward win for the Korean would be a massive mistake!
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