The mess of Korean boxing
We've had readers contact us recently with missing results from Korea, including a notable result from November 29th between Ji-Hyun Park (20-2, 5) and Anahi Torres (12-12-1, 2). Sadly Korean boxing is a mess and we would like to take this opportunity to quickly share why it's such a mess, why results are difficult to get on time and we generally struggle to get full information from the country.
In many countries boxing is sanctioned by 1 clear body. In the UK it's the British Boxing Board of Control and in Japan it's the JBC. Whilst the US is slightly different, with each State Athletic Commission sanctioning bouts the rules generally apply the same with the commission being a single one for each state which reports results.
Sadly in South Korea right now there are at least 3 sanctioning bodies that we know of. At the moment the only one of those "accepted" by boxrec.com is the KBC (Korea Boxing Commission). The KBC has been around for years in one form or another but in the last year or so it seems to have split into 2 rival factions. There is the current KBC who's website was registered earlier this year and although they have kept the historic KBC name they appear to be a new outfit set up recently.
The "rival" to the KBC appears to be the KBF (Korean Boxing Federation) which we believe was born from the split. Like the KBC, the current KBF website was registered this year though it's look and feel dates back to a much older website, originally registered in 2005. From what we understand the split is a recent one and two organisations were very close until this year where we believe a vote over the new president caused a split in the organisation. Whilst not recognised by boxrec.com the KBF have the biggest in Korean boxing right now with both Su Yun Hong and Ye Joon Kim fighting under their auspices.
The third organisation is the KPBF (Korean Pro Boxing Federation) which had their website registered in 2012 and appears to be linked with Ji Hyun Park among other Korean fighters. Strangely we've not been given a lot of details about this outfit though at one point this year they were more active than the other two organisations.
What also adds to the intrigue and confusion is that all 3 seem to run a Rookie of the Year, or Promising boxer, style tournament. On paper having all the youngsters in Korea competing in a tournament is great but the winners don't seem to be able to meet meaning the tournaments are effectively pointless.
We admit we're really disappointed with the 3 organisations and it seems that sport could be better off with them with them working together for the good of professional in South Korea. Sadly as it is it's a mess and we understand why so many fighters aren't taking part in sport as they once did, the politics must be a nightmare for a promising fighter like Ja Ik Goo or Min Wook Kim, both of whom seem to have walked away from the sport this year. Hopefully they will return to boxing though it's looking very unlikely given the situation.
For those interested in the 3 organisations their website can be found below.
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