We head back into obscurity for this weeks Treasure Trove article, but we get the chance to see a fighter we absolutely love watching meeting someone who was able to match him for action and give us a real hidden gem in November. The month was a busy one to begin with, and one where several gems were over-looked including this little thriller from Korea.
Han Bin Suh (5-0-2, 4) vs Jong Min Jung (9-9, 3)
If you've followed us the last year or so you'll realise we are massive fans of Han Bin Suh. The youngster isn't the best fighter out there, he's not a monster puncher, or a slick and smart fighter. He is much more a throw back to an older Korean mentality of "punch, punch, punch". His fight with Jong Won Jung in July had been something special, and less than 4 months later he was back in the ring defending his Korean Super Bantamweight title for the second time. For those who haven't seen Suh imagine someone who just wants to have a tear up every time he gets in the ring! He's a nightmare to fight with incredible volume and he's always willing to take one to land one.
Suh's opponent here was Jong Min Jung, who had a 9-9 record but and was 32 years old, whilst Suh was just 19. Although no world beater he was a former PABA "interim" Featherweight champion an was better than his record suggested, in fact he had lost 3 of his first 4 bouts messing up record badly. His only losses in the previous 5 years had been a TKO to Korean star Ye Joon Kim, a razor thin split decision to Woo Hyun Kim and a loss to Japanese boxer-puncher Kai Chiba. His record was a mess, but he was much better than the numbers suggested. And that was obvious here.
The fight, like many Suh fights, was just amazing to watch. The unbeaten champion continually tried to force a fight, chasing Jung, trying to get inside and let his shots go in bunches. To his credit Jung not only fought well at range, but also held his own on the inside and gave us a spectacular battle.
The early rounds were ones where Jung could create distance more, picking Suh off on his way inside. As the bout went on the distance between the two men became less and less noticeable and instead the bout became a more and more exciting, inside war. The type of bout Suh enjoys.
Despite the fight becoming Suh's type of fight Jung was holding his own in the inside battles, backing up Suh at times, and catching the unbeaten youngster with clean shots whilst they both fought up close.
With Jung getting the best of the early action it really forced Suh to take extra risks in the second half of the fight, giving us more intense action as the fight went on.
This isn't a bout we expect many to have seen, but if you haven't yet got around to giving it a watch, we advise you to get yourself 45 minutes and enjoy this violent little gem.
One thing we're really excited about for 2020 is Korea. The country over delivered, massively, in 2019 and if it does the same again this year it's going to be hard to not be raving about it by the end of the year. With the country able to provide great action, interesting low key match ups and some solid tournaments it's the place where we turn for this weeks "One to Watch".
The One to Watch?
Han Bin Suh (5-0-3, 4) Vs Shin Dong Myung (2-0)
January 18th (Saturday)
We genuinely love watching Korean fighters and here we have two Koreans with very different styles. In one corner is a technically well schooled fighter whilst the other fighter involved is a guy who fights with the intensity set to 11. Stylistically we're interested but it also puts two unbeaten men and it's a great fight for a Korean title!
Although not a star, by any stretch of the imagination, 19 year old Korean Han Bin Suh is the KBM Super Bantamweight champion and one of the most legitimately fun to watch fighters on the planet. The teenager is technically rudimentary but is everything we love about Korean boxing. He sets an incredibly high pace and throws so much leather that every fight of his is a fight worth watching. Although limited he swarms people to the point where they need to match him and few can do that, especially over 10 rounds, as Suh has shown he can do. He doesn't slow down, and worryingly for his opponents they do. Suh doesn't hit particularly hard, but hits that often, and takes a shot so well, that every single one of his bouts end up being amazing to watch and gruelling wars.
Shin Dong Myung is a former amateur standout who made his professional debut in September 2018 though failed to really build on impressive debut win over Hiroyuki Sagehashi by only fighting once in 2019. Prior to turning professional he had been a very successful Korean amateur with a reported 175-25 (50) record, including multiple national championships. Despite not being busy as a professional his talented has been obvious from his two professional bouts. He looks super relaxed in the ring, controls distance well and is one of the very few Korean fighters who could be described as being very technical. He's not very busy, but he is very accurate, very efficient and very clean punching. He is, however, also a bit of a slow starter, and we wonder whether he has the gas tank to go 10 rounds.
What to expect?
We expect to see Suh set a Suh like pace from the opening round, and force Myung to fight his fight. If you stand off Myung he will outbox most fighters at this level, he's simply too good. But against a little terrier like Suh, who marches forward, throws a lot and dictates the tempo so well, we think Myung will be the man forced to change his style. Early on Myung may be able to fight his fight, though given he's already looked like a slow starter we wouldn't back that idea too strongly, but as the rounds pass Suh will get more and more success and make this into a thriller. This will end up being an incredible fight by the end.
The bad news?
The live stream for the bout is on SPOTV, which isn't easy to get access to. Thankfully however BoxingM and SPOTV do tend to make things widely available on youtube in the weeks following tjhe contest. So keep your eyes out for this one!
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.