Although Japanese boxing fans seem to be able to have a break for a few days following the WBC title double header on Monday that doesn't mean Asian boxing has been put on a hiatus and today the attention turns to Icheon, South Korea.
Thanks to Bumjin Promotion we have an interesting 8 bout card on the island of Walmido not far from Icheon.
The headline bout sees “Defector Girl Boxer” Hyun-Mi Choi (7-0-1, 2) in action against Japanese veteran Fujin Raika (25-7-1, 10). Raika, a former multi-time champion has seen her career falter in recent years though will see this as her big chance to get back on the world stage and as a chance to get big fights. For Choi however this bout is just another in a life time of fighter.
Born in Pyongyang, Choi escaped from the North with her family in 2004 and has since become a Korean boxing star, claiming the WBA Featherweight title on her debut. Aged 22 Choi is now moving up to Super Featherweight after having made 7 defences of the Featherweight title and knows that a victory here will again help her further become a hero to other Korean refugees.
We've previewed this female title bout in the site's new female section.
The chief support bout is also a female bout as the diminutive Dan-Bi Kim (7-2-1, 2) takes on Thai visitor Yokfah Sitkhrusin (0-3). Kim has been inactive for 2 years though will be looking to make a successful return here against a very limited opponent.
Interestingly half of the bouts on the show are female bouts with Hee-Jung Yuh (7-1, 2) facing unbeaten Thai Airada Sithsonram (2-0) in one of the remaining two and female Korean Light Flyweight champion Eun-Hye Lee (3-0, 1) taking on debuting Thai Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch (0-0). We tend to feel the Korean's will go 2-0 in these bouts.
In male action the key bout seems to be an interesting bout between Korean Myung-Koo Yuh (10-4-1, 5) and Filipino journeyman Lito Wayan (14-21-4, 3) who appears to be returning to the ring for the first time in more than 11 years.
The remaining 3 contests on the card are all-Korean affairs between novices with Won-Young Jung (2-4) battling Boo-Hyun Baek (3-3, 1) in the most noteworthy contest. The other 2 bouts see Ki-Hong Min (1-0) facing Joo-Young Lee (1-0) and the debuting Yong-Hwan Jo (0-0) fighting Jin-Wook Lee (1-1, 1). Admittedly it is difficult to be too excited about these though hopefully they will provide good undercard action for what is certainly “ladies day” in Korea.
Interestingly this is the first card from South Korea where we've managed to find something resembling a fight poster, which can be seen here.