One of the fun things about these articles for us, the Asian Boxing Team, is the fact we get to learn about fighters we didn't know anything about. Today we had have one such fighter as we talk about Byung Yong Min (4-2, 4), in our latest 5 Midweek Facts piece.
We'll admit we really didn't know anything at all about Min when were given his name, but in reality we wish we had known something about Min, who had a remarkably short career but a very notable one. He only fought 6 times, never heard the final bell of a fight, either stopping his opponent or being stopped in every bout. His career was so short he only managed 35 rounds as a professional, but they were exciting rounds!
1-Min was part of the sensational Korean team at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. The Korean team took all 12 gold medals, with Min beating Syed Hussein Shah of Pakistan in the final of the 81KG division. That is the same Syed Hussein Shah who would pick up an Olympic bronze medal in 1988, and become a major boxing figure in his homeland.
2-Despite his impressive showing at the Asian Games, and in the 1985 and 1987 Asian Championships, Min failed to make it to the national team for the 1988 Olympics.
3-In his professional debut, in 1989, Min faced 39 fight Australian veteran Kevin Wagstaff. Although Wagstaff was no world beater he was a former OPBF Cruiserwieght champion and a southpaw boasting a 24-12-3 (11) record. Min would stop Wagstaff in 2 rounds. Interestingly, albeit as an aside, Wagstaff's very next bout saw him fighting to a draw with Matthew Saad Muhammad.
4-In just his second professional bout Min claimed the OPBF Light Heavyweight title, beating Fred Toleafoa for the previously vacant title. This title win came impressively early in Min's career, just months after his debut.
5-From what we could find every one of Min's bouts was televised live on MBC in South Korea. Due to his amateur career and ambitions opponents he was one of the last staples of MBC's live coverage of the sport.
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