The history of boxing is littered with bizarre stories. They range from moments of madness, like Mike Tyson threatening to Lennox Lewis' children, to Trenton Titsworth kissing a young Jessie Vargas, from the “Fan Man” fight to Andrew Golota inciting a riot in New York.
A little known streak of the unusual came from Korean fighter Young Ik Hwang, a fighter that very few outside of Korea will know of, and many in Korea will know of for the fact he received a lot of media attention in 2009. That attention focused on what seemed to be a break down, though lead some in the media to mock him for being a “third rate boxer”.
Born in Seoul in 1988 Hwang turned to boxing as a teenager and debuted a month before his 19th birthday. He dropped out of college to pursue his boxing dreams and pretty much put everything into being a success in the ring. Sadly for Hwang his boxing career turned out to be a giant flop with the fighter running up a career record of 0-6 in a career that lasted just 18 months. Not only did he fail to score a single win be he was also losing to limited opposition, with his most notable bout being a shut out loss to Jin Ki Jung in his final bout.
Whilst boxing the youngster worked a variety of jobs, including work in a warehouse, in telemarketing and in various outfits to try and promote various things on the street, such as things related to Disney and a type of beef based food.
Following his unsuccessful career as a boxer Hwang turned his attention to fighting for his country and enlisted in the Korean armed forces. And then seemed to have a mental break down.
After spending time with the armed forces Hwang took to Myspace and wrote several ranting messages in 2009, including the details of 5 individuals that he intended to kill. Giving various personal details of those 5 people and posting nude pictures of himself on the social media site. In fact he also masturbated in front of a security camera as his behaviour became incredibly erratic. More worryingly however was the fact he stabbed his ex girlfriend, who thankfully fled the scene before Hwang could do more harm.
As well as the threatening messages there was also a message stating that Hwang had a huge monster living inside him.
The Korean netizen described Hwang's actions as being those of a “lunatic” and of someone who was “mad”. Unsurprisingly he was taken to a military hospital and diagnosed with personality disorders and received treatment before being arrested by the local police force.
Sadly news on Hwang's situation since his arrest in 2009 has been hard to find though we genuinely do wish that he's now over-come the monsters and darkness that seemed to take over his life.
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