Our Korean sources have informed us that former WBA Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight champion Soo Hwan Hong has become the new president of the Korean Boxing Commission.
Mr Hong, who fought professionally between 1969 and 1980 compiled an excellent record of 41-5-4 (14) in his career which included his very memorable win over Hector Carrasquilla in 1977 to become the inaugural WBA Super Bantamweight champion.
We believe that this will be Mr Hong's second term as president having also presided over the KBC from 2008-2012 when he became chairman of the organisation. This time around he has promised a lot, including a renaissance of Korean boxing based around promoting the sport and helping to improve the fighters in the country. We hope, for the sake of Korean boxing, that Mr Hong's fighting spiriting can help re-establish Korean to the place it was when he himself was fighting at the world level.
Sadly we've got to admit that the full details of this story are sketchy though we believe Mr Hong was officially sworn in as president last week with the event timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his victory over Bernard Taylor, a victory that saw Mr Hong becoming a world champion for the first time.
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