In a genuinely enjoyable though somewhat one-sided war popular South Korean Ji-Hoon Kim (24-9, 18) unfortunately suffered a clear decision loss to American Mauricio Herrera (19-3, 7).
The bout started badly for Kim who struggled to get in to the bout due to the skill of Herrera who was often too sharp and too accurate with his shots to the head and body of the Korean. Kim however did have his success in round 5, the first round that he really had any sort of success in though probably not quite enough to clearly claim it.
After being at least 4 rounds down going in to the second half of the bout things were always going to be difficult for the Korean though with both men tiring we managed to get a hell of a show out of it. Round 8-10 were spectacular all action rounds with both men taking their share of punishment, though unfortunately for Kim he lacked the ability to land one of his big bombs clean on Herrera (who himself is a very tough fighter).
Despite Kim's genuinely brave effort ESPN's Teddy Atlas seemed to spend more the fight calling for Kim to retire, a real shame considering just how much fun Kim is to watch. Sadly it's hard to argue with Atlas on this case though with Kim being a fighter who has taken a lot of damage in his career. Aged just 26 it may well be time for the popular swarmer to think twice about returning to the ring. The decision is of course none of our business but we'd love for him to walk away with his senses intact.
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