When we talk about legendary Korean fighters many will mention the name In Chul Baek. Baek was one of the major names in Korean boring in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The big punching Korean ran up a record of 47-3 (43) and became only the second Asian, after rival Chong Pal Park, to claim a Super Middleweight world world title.
Although plenty of fans will recognise his name there is a lot of interesting details of his career and life that really aren't too well known in the West.With that in mind here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about... In Chul Baek
1-On December 7th 1980 Baek won the Korean Rookie of the Year at Middleweight, doing so 3 years after future professional rival Chong Pak Park had done the same thing.
2-Baek won his first 26 bouts in a row by T/KO, an Asian record from a fighter's debut.
3-With 43T/KO's to his name it's surprising to note that Baek failed to score any in round 8. It was the only round that he didn't actually record a stoppage in. Similarly odd is the fact he only scored a single opening round win, and that was way back in his third professional bout! That's even more surprising given he scored 10 stoppages in round 2!
4-Oddly Baek was stripped of the OPBF Light Middleweight title in 1984, after making either 7 defenses. He then reclaimed the vacant title and made 4 more defenses, though never lost it in the ring. In fact he was stripped to end both of his title reigns.
5-Also rather oddly is Baek's record. He was 47-0 (43) in Korea and 0-3 when fighting outside of his homeland, with his losses coming in America, twice, and France.
6-Baek put his first loss, a decision defeat to Sean Mannion, down to a late opponent change. He has been quoted numerous times in the Korean press as stating he was only given 10 days notices of opponent, and wasn't able to prepare for Mannion.
7-On the subject of his losses Baek described Julian Jackson as a great fighter and seemed to admit that no matter what the conditions he wouldn't have beaten the "Hawk". He did however suggest he could have beaten the other two men who beat him.
8-Reportedly by the time Baek fought Christophe Tiozzo in 1990 he wasn't mentally in a great state and had only trained for around 10 days prior to the fight. The lack of trainer had come down to a very serious dispute with his manager and over how money for the bout was to be shared. Had he won against Tiozzo, Korean news sources report that Baek would have been in line for a bout with Tommy Hearns, with an agreement of $1,500,000 said to have been made for the bout.
9-Following his boxing career Baek set up several businesses, though it appears they weren't successful, and reports in Korea were that he was was relative poor by around 2011.
10-Through much of his career Baek was known to be a big drinker, and had reportedly drank before many of his of most meaningful fights, including his final career bout against Tiozzo. After his career was over the alcohol abuse saw him suffering cirrhosis of the liver. The illness lead to other Korean boxers raising money for his treatment in 2011.
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