We're a long, long way removed from the great era of Korean fighters, who delivered amazing fight after amazing fight and had some of the most entertaining fighters on the planet. The fighters were typically taught to "punch, punch, punch", knowing that exciting fighters were the key to getting bigger pay days. The trainers pushed the aggressive mentality, and the fearless reputation Korean fighters from the 70's and 80's got was due to the knowledge that they had to thrill both the fans in the venue and the TV viewers at home. Today we look at a fight featuring a legendary Korea from before they became a massive national star, in what was a truly breath taking war that saw two fighters both come to the ring with an excitement based mentality and willingness to to really fight, and fight hard.
Myung Woo Yuh (17-0, 3) vs Oh Kong Son (19-1, 9)
The year is 1985, a then unbeaten 21 year old Myung Woo Yuh was still a rising prospect, charging through the domestic and regional scenes. He had won the OPBF Light Flyweight title in 1984 and had made a single defense of the title before facing off with fellow Korean hopeful Oh Kong Son. As we all know Yuh would later become one of the greatest Korean fighters, and Light Flyweight's, of all time, however this was a massive step up in class for him.
Son was himself a bright hopeful, he was 23 year's old, had beaten everyone he had faced. Although he wouldn't go on to have the success Yuh would later have he came into this bout feeling he could upset the busy and unbeaten prospect. He fought like a man who was happy to take a shot to land his own heavier blows and seemed to believe in his power, work rate and toughness.
When we get two fighters with a "punch, punch, punch" mentality we're usually set to get something great and that's what this legendary Korean clash delivered. It had the pressure of Son against the skills and output of Yuh and together they spent swathes of the bout trading on the inside, with Yuh landing accurate blows in some thrilling exchanges and Son showing no quit as he fought back, taking the of Yuh and battling back after having some really torrid moments.
We won't ruin the result, but we will say that this was action packed, and came only months before Yuh announced himself on the world stage and began one of the greatest Light Flyweight reigns of all time. Sadly for Kong his career would never come close to making a similar mark to that of Yuh's.
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