Rising Korean star Ye Joon Kim (14-1-2, 7) [김예준] will be returning to the ring on November 6th to make the next defense of his IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title and to move, gradually, towards a world title fight. In the opposite corner will be Japan's Yuki Strong Kobayashi (10-5, 5), who challenged for the OPBF Bantamweight title last year, losing in 2 rounds to the big punching Takahiro Yamamoto, and also acted as the pro-test partner for Hinata Maruta in 2014.
At the moment very few details about the overall card are known but the Korean press have stated that the bout will headline a card at the Yongsan Culture Center, Seoul and it will be aired on MBC Sports in Korea, a channel that has shown a number of Kim's recent bouts.
Coming in to this Kim is in good form with notable wins against the likes of Akihiuro Matsumoto, Vergil Puton, Angky Angkotta and Patomsith Pathompothong. They might not be world class but they are solid names for a young prospect coming through the ranks, which is exactly what the 23 year old Kim is.
Sadly the same can't be said for Kobayashi with the Japanese fighter beign 6-5 in his last 11 bouts, but they have seen him score wins over the then unbeaten Bunta Mitaka and the then promising Hikaru Matsuoka. Although not a star by any means he should be able to test Kim.
We're hoping to see the under-card for this show revealed by mid October at the latest, but we're unlikely to see another bout of real note on it with many of the other top KBF licensed fighters booked for another card on October 9th, or on their travels, with Jin Wook Lim (8-4-5, 2) [임진욱 ] off to Japan in November for his own OPBF title bout.
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