The Korean boxing scene has essentially been a tough one to follow in recent years. Part of that is due to the lack of quality and part of that has been a frustrating civil war between two of the organisations in the country, the Korean Boxing Federation (KBF) and the Korean Boxing Commission (KBC). The two organisations have effectively split much of the talent in the country and and have caused issues to prevent boxing from really growing in the country.
Over the last few days however both organisations have revealed they will begin working together and will have a "KBF VS KBC" show on January 22nd, with the official press conference for the show set to take place at the Ramada Hotel in Seoul on January 9th.
Although the press conference is still days away both organisations have announced 11 bouts for the show, including 3 notable bouts between ranked contenders from the 2 bodies. That includes a Featherweight bout between a former KBF champion and the top ranked KBC fighter, and bouts at Welterweight and Super Flyweight featuring a #1 contender from one organisation facing a champion from the other organisation.
The show, dubbed "2017 Dream Fights" could be the start of a working relationship between the two organisations and potentially help rebuild Korean boxing, rather than have two sides of the street with fighters unable to really prove themselves as the best in the country.
The news has already drawn some excitement from Korean fans and is expected to draw more when the press conference takes place, however some have also shown some cynicism and seem to see the show as a one-off, rather than the start of a new era in Korean boxing. We'll admit we hope it's the start of a Korean boxing revival, especially given Min Wook Kim's retirement last year, but as has been the case in Korean boxing for a while it's hard to get too excited abiu the boxing scene in the country having seen how little talent the country has developed in the last few years.
(Image courtesy of the KBF)
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