When it comes to great KO's there are a number of different ways of looking at things. There is the feeling that for a KO to be something special it needs to be at the highest level, and be massively important to the sport at large. We, however, take a different view and feel that the knockout should be judges on it's own merit, irregardless of the quality of the fighters. It is, after all, the KO we're focusing on, not the event, the fighters, or even the fight. With that in mind we want to share one of our favourite KO's from 2019, as we relive the finish!
Ho Joon Jung (0-0) Vs Si Woo Lee (0-0)
Low level action can be really easy to over-look, and often gets next to no love from fans, especially when it's two low level fighters from the East. As a result this can result in great KO's not being seen by enough fans. We certainly feel that was the case in August 2019 when the debuting pair of Ho Joon Jung and Si Woo Lee faced off at the Yanggu Square in a KBC Rookie of the Year bout.
Aged just 15 coming into the bout Jung was a true boxing baby. Whilst we do see a fair few teenagers turning professional in Asia, few turn pro as young as he did and in fairness few were expecting anything of note from him here.
Si Woo Lee was a few years older than his teenager foe but he was just as inexperienced as Jung and there was little available about him as well. He was essentially in a 50-50 novice bout, against a teenager.
Fighting outdoors in what looked like a local fair or something the two young men touched gloved to begin the fight and slowly tried to figure out the opponent. It wasn't the most exciting of contests early on, though Lee quickly took control of center ring. Jung looked more polished, but for the first minute there was little to think were going to see anything too spectacular.
And then the end came, suddenly.
About 80 seconds into the bout the two men stood toe to toe. Lee let his shots go whilst Jung's defense allowed him to avoid them. The Jung turned the tables, landed a gorgeous right-left. Lee was out cold and still standing. As his body shut off he fell forward, onto the shoulder of Jung, who stepped back, sending the unconscious Lee face planting the ring. This was genuinely gorgeous, brutal and brilliant.
For those who think the quality of the fighters involved in a bout matters to a KO, they are missing out things like this, one of the best KO's in recent years!
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).