Earlier today fans in Korea saw local fighter Eun Hye Lee (9-1, 4) [이은혜] successfully bounce back from her controverial October loss to Nana Yoshikawa and claim the WIBA Flyweight title, with a dominant victory over the horribly over-matched Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi (5-4-1).
The Korean fighter, who is a former world champion at 108lbs, looked too good from the opening seconds. The Thai was too slow, too clumsy and too weak to pose a test and in round 2 Hye closed the show, stoping Nongnun to claim the WIBA title and become a 2-weight champion.
On paper this was a mismatch and it showed as the Korean, who is genuinely world class, did as she pleased against an opponent who really shouldn't have been sanctioned to fight in such a contest. Although the Thai was unbeaten in he last 4 bouts she hadn't scored a win of any note and had bever had a recorded bout at Flyweight. In fact her 5 wins had come against opponents with a combined 1-1 record.
For Lee the future needs to see her in more interesting, testing and notable bouts, potentially a rematch with Yoshikawa or another opponent of some intrigue. She is talented but lacks the financial backing she needs to be a star in Korea, and given that she is now 33 she doesn't really have time to waste in bouts like this. Hopefully the WIBA title will help her get fights, but the WBO female Light Flyweight title did seem to be a curse when she held it, with financial and injury issues stopping her from defendign that belt before finally out growing the division.
(Image courtesy of Ryan Wissow)
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