In 2019 we were lucky enough to catch some wildly entertaining rounds, from all sorts of venues. Among the most interesting venues were the Korean boxing clubs, and despite not looking like they deserved a great fight we seemed to get at least one sensational at every club show. Today we take one of the best rounds, from one of the most entertaining Korean Club shows of 2019, and share in the latest Remarkable Rounds.
Seung Hee Lee (3-6, 1) vs Jin Soo Kim (6-6-1, 3)
We need to go into this one with total brutal honesty. Seung Hee Lee and Jin Soo Kim are not world class fighters in the making. They are, pretty much, never going to go beyond Korean domestic level. They are not good boxers. But when it comes to remarkable rounds the quality of the fighters doesn't matter. We're here for entertainment, excitement, action, and for leather to be thrown like confetti at a wedding! And those things were all delivered here.
The first 2 rounds of the bout has seen Lee, the naturally bigger, heavier and younger man, press the action and get to the smaller, more experienced Kim. Despite the success of Lee Kim was landing plenty of solid shots of his own, typically as counters as Lee rushed in. It was a fun, but messy, bout, through 2.
Then we got to round 3 and oh boy was it clear we were getting something special.
The venue had began to fill with fans, people crowding around the little ring to watch the action that was unfurling in the ring, and they joined just in time for something truly brilliant. From the opening seconds the action was intense with Lee backing Kim up, pushing him on to the ropes and letting shots go. Time and time again Kim's head would snap back, he couldn't create space with his movement, so instead he tried slipping and sliding on the ropes to counter. This gave up some wildly entertaining, crude yet breath taking action.
Kim was left bloodied, but he refused to be beaten and kept landing just enough counters to prevent the referee from getting involved. Lee refused to stop throwing.
Don't let the venue confuse you here. This is a great round of low level, low key, warriors just going at it. Yes it's low level, but man is it ever entertaining!
Last time we did one of these we spoke about magic moments in boxing, and then went on to share Yuichi Kasai knocking the gumshield out of Osamu Nagaishi's mouth in brilliant KO. Today we have another similarly obscure but brutal moment, though this time it's from South Korea, feature two debutants and probably the smallest ring we've ever seen. This was one of those gems that 99.9% of the boxing community will never have seen, whilst those who have seen it have likely rewatched it. Several times.
Jin Su Kim (0-0) Vs Andrew Silva (0-0)
In one corner was Korean teenager Jin Su Kim, an 18 year old southpaw from Ansan who was making his professional debut. Stood at 5'10" he had a long and lanky frame at Welterweight, and towered over his opponent.
That opponent was Korean based Canadian Andrew Silva, a 26 year old who looked like a man compared to the boy he was up against. Silva, like Kim, was also making his debut but at 5'5" he was giving away significant height and reach to the youngster.
The reality is that very little was known about either man at the time. In fact back in May 2015, when the bout took place, Silva was known by just his first name of "Andrew", causing further intrigue into the bout among the curious of the hardcore.
When the referee was giving the two men their instructions two things were clear. The ring was tiny and Kim looked like he was a foot taller than Silva. Their may have only been 5" difference in height but it looked more. The two men looked like they belonged in very different weight classes.
From the opening bell Kim looked to use his physical advantages boxing at range, not an easy task in such a small ring. Silva came forward trying to rough up the youngster but nothing in the first 2 minutes hinted at what we were about to see.
Almost out of nowhere Kim landed a perfect 1-2, with his straight left instantly turning off Silva's lights as the Canadian's crashed face first into the canvas. He was out cold down for quite a few seconds before his team helped him.
We don't imagine many have seen this KO, despite the fact it took place more than 5 years ago, but it's one that really does need to be seen, rewatched and relived! It's that good!
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).