Korean hopeful Min Wook Kim (16-1, 12) [김민욱] needed next to no time to score his latest victory as he easily saw off American Louis Cruz (11-2, 5).
The bout between the two men took part on the under-card of Leo Santa Cruz's bout with Carl Frampton and it a was a blink and you miss it affair with Kim needed just over 150 seconds to give Cruz his first stoppage loss.
The Korean, who was fighting in the US for the 4th time, had been out of the ring for some 5 months coming into this bout but showed no signs of ring rust dropping Cruz three times, with the stoppage coming after the third knockdown.
The bout showcased Kim's power and destructive ability and may well see him being given a more worthwhile opportunity in the near future, with his potential surely being worth more than a bout very low down a deep under-card.
Whilst Kim may have impressed those that saw him for Cruz the loss was an embarrassment with the American looking scared at the weigh in yesterday and appearing laughably fragile in the ring today. That however won't bother Kim who has stated that he would like to win a world title in the next year. If he got the right management, guidance and opportunities there is a genuine chance that could indeed become the first Korean world champion in a decade! Given his style there is also the potential for him to become the star that his talent deserves and could give Korean boxing the much needed shot in the arm, something it has sadly lacked since the untimely death of Yo Sam Choi.
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