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.
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.