On December 24th it was announced by the Korean Boxing Commission (KBC) that the WBC and the OPBF had agreed that only bouts sanctioned by the KBC would be recognised by the two title bodies. What this effectively means is that the Korean Boxing Federation (KBF) will not be able to sanction bouts for any WBC affiliated titles, including the OPBF title and the WBC Youth title.
Essentially this leaves Ye Joon Kim in an awkward position as he has, in the past, been strongly affiliated with the KBF whilst also holding the WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title. It is notable however that Kim's next fight will be for the IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title on March 29th and that the KBF have also announced a number of other IBF affiliated title bouts for this year, making it very clear the organisation is affiliating it's self with the IBF.
Incidentally the OPBF head office is set to move to South Korea in late 2016, following a 2 year term in the Philippines, and one would assume that that would give the KBC a very strong position domestically. Sadly however it seems like the internal wranglings in Korea aren't going to get any better and the battles between the WBC affiliated KBC and the IBF affiliated KBF are going to continue to thwart attempts to put South Korean boxing back on the map.
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