It's fair to say that not all fighters we cover in this series are made equal and Ki Yun Song is among the more obscure fighters to be covered in our 5 Midweek Facts series. Saying that however he does deserve a lot more attention that he's maybe had. In fact we suspect very few people know much about him, so with that in mind lets learn something about Song before look at the 5 facts.
Korean fighter Song only had a very short professional career, fighting 12 times and running up a 7-3-2 (4) between 1988 and 1993. Despite the briefness of his career it shouldn't be ignored as he did a lot within that short time frame. In fact he managed to win national Oriental titles, turned a bizarre start to his career around and challenged for a world title in the US. In just 12 bouts he did more than most fighters do in 25.
After turning professional in 1988 Song would win just 1 of his first 5 bouts. In fact when he celebrated the first anniversary of his debut he was 1-2-2 (1) but would turned that round and reel off 6 straight wins to land a world title fight in the US against the then WBA Middleweight title bout. That would be his final bout though by then he had achieved more than most fighters will.
With that now said, lets look at 5 Midweek Facts about Ki Yun Song.
1-Prior to making his professional debut Song was regarded as a very talented amateur fighter. Sadly it's hard to find any record of what he did as an amateur, though some Korean websites state he was part of a Korean team at the 1986 Asian Games.
2-According to Korean sources Song had "chronic hepatitis". This makes his boxing career even more notable, even if, as mentioned, it wasn't a particularly long one.
3-We mentioned that Song was 1-2-2 after his first 5 bouts. Interestingly he avenged those first 2 losses, beating both Jun Shik Park and Sung In Lee by decision, in 10 round rematches. He didn't however, rematch either of his draws.
4-Song's final career bout was a world title bout with the then WBA Middleweight champion Reggie Johnson. The bout was promoted as "East meets West", with some special t-shirts designed selling the bout on that basis. It was also the first world title bout to be held in the state of Idaho and took place on a Tuesday. Sadly with Song's loss to Reggie Johnson Korean boxers fell to 0-20 in WBA and WBC world title bouts in the US.
5-In 2015 Song was still involved in boxing, and was training fighters in Incheon. He was hoping to help bring through the next generation of Korean youngsters.
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