This week we turn our attention to South Korea for the latest in this series, and we talk about the little known Young Chun Min (17-2, 11). Min was never a big name outside of his homeland, but has a fair noteworthy Korea between 1986 and 1991.
Min debuted as a Featherweight but found his biggest successes at Bantamweight later in his career. Although his career was a short one, with just 19 bouts in total, he did mix with some more notable fighters, such as Frank Cedeno, Luisito Espinosa, Jang Kyun Oh and Daorung Chuwatana.
During his career his crowing glory was his short lived reign as the OPBF Bantamweight champion, which ran from June 1996 to October 1996, which was ended by Daorung Chuwatana. Following that loss he retired at the age of 23.
With that bit of background out of the way we bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Young Chun Min.
1-In 1986, just 12 days after making his professional debut, Min won the Korean Rookie of the Year in the Featherweight division. As well as the Rookie of the Year title he was also awarded the MVP award for the tournament.
2-On his 20th Birthday Min defeated Dae Yong Park, to move to 10-0 (7)
3-In 2013 Min released a music album entitled "Herwabi". According to Korean news stories from the time he also provided a song service for the elderly living alone. We've included one of his performances on a TV show below.
4-In 2017 Min began helping youngsters in Korea by setting up a scholarship with money he had earned from running a restaurant. Prior to that he had driven taxi's and run a number of failed business, going as far as to consider suicide due to feeling like a failure, and wanted to help others get a head start in life.
5-Earlier this year Min was killed when he was stabbed in the neck, passing away on January 13th. Reports from Korea were that he knew the assailant.
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