One thing we have a lot of in Asia is interesting novice bouts. Be those Rookie of the Year, or equivalents, or just novices battling it out at the start of their careers. The good thing about this is that these fighters are evenly usually matched, with both fighters believing they can win. If both fighters think they can win, both will fight like they think they can win, and this makes for great action. Great action can lead to great drama, and today's Treasure Trove article is a novice bout from Korea that is very short, but very dramatic. It lasts just over a minute but features 3 knockdowns.
Kook Min Moon (2-1, 1) vs Yo Sub Lee (1-1)
The younger of the two men was 19 year old southpaw Kook Min Moon, who had fought all 3 of previous bouts in 2017, before taking just over 2 years away from the ring. In his first run he hadn't really done a lot, with a KO win over Leonard Park being the highlight, and KO3 loss to Tae Won Jun, just a month later, being the low point. Given his break from the ring there wasn't really much to say about him entering this bout.
Yo Sub Lee on the other hand made his debut just 4 months before facing Moon. On debut he was beaten over 4 rounds by fellow debutant Eun Sung Park but bounced back with a win over I Rok Son. He was 23 and again there wasn't too much to say about him, other than that he was, apparently, taking a break from his studies at university.
Although neither fighter really intrigued us too much the bout was part of the Boxing M "Battle Royale 3" tournament, the KBM's answer to Rookie of the Year. The bout was one of the quarter final bouts of the Super Featherweight tournament so there was a carrot dangling in front of both men to win, given the prize money for winning the Battle Royale is decent for a Korean novice.
With the bout lasting just over a minute there isn't too much we can say about the contest without spoiling it completely, which we don't really want to do. What we can say is that this was wild and it took barely 20 to see the bouts first knockdown, as the two traded wildly. From there the bout never really slowed down until a rather odd ending.
Inexperience showed here, but excitement took hold as a result!
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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.