Clean Hit Boxing Gym, Songtan, South Korea
For a second day running we get title action from South Korea. Sadly however we only get a single title fight here, despite previous plans for the show to be a title double header.
Originally we had expected a KBM Light Welterweight title fight between Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) and Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4), in what looked like a mouth watering match up. Sadly however this bout was cancelled in October when Moon was forced to pull out of the bout around 3 weeks before it was set to take place.
Sadly with the Light Welterweight title bout being cancelled we only have one title bout on the show. That is a Bantamweight title bout, which will see Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) take on In Soo Jang (5-2-1) for the vacant title. The 21 year old Jo comes in to this unbeaten in his last 6, and has won his last 4, turning around a very weird 0-1-3 start to his professional career. Jang on the other hand has struggled in recent bouts, losing last time out and going 4-2 in his last 6, however at just 20 years old he's very much a developing youngster.
As well as the title bout between Jo and Jang the card will also feature a number of novice bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds.
Zhenhaibao Theatre, Yinchuan, China
As well as the action in Korea we're also set to get a title doubler header in China.
The main event here will be a WBA Asia Bantamweight title bout pitting champion Jun Zhao (13-2-1, 10) against under-rated Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (11-3-2, 4). Coming in to this the local will be the favourite, after all he's on a roll with 8 straight wins, has home advantage and will be seeking to extend his reign with the title. However Sumalpong shouldn't be written off and he is a handful, having given Kenshiro Teraji a good test in 2015 and being unlucky in a number of other bouts. This could end up being a bit of a hidden gem of a fight.
Also on this card is a WBO China National Flyweight title bout, pitting the unbeaten Longyi Hu (5-0, 2) against Sheng Peng (6-6-1, 2). It's hard to go against the unbeaten 21 year old here, he's younger, fresher and his unbeaten record will fill him with confidence, but Peng has the experience to be a thorn in his side and this could be a very good test for Hu.
Pyeongtaek, South Korea
The first show of a new year takes place in Korea of all places, and in terms of importance it's a pretty significant one, with a trio of KBM title eliminators on it, along with an interesting looking international bout. Outside of Korea the show won't get much attention, but in Korea it's a card very much, worthy of note.
The main event will see local hopeful Nam Jun Lee (10-6-3, 4) take on Filipino fighter Juanito Paredes (8-6-1, 3). The 35 year old Korean is no world beater, but against the right opponent he can make for good fights, and his record does have good wins over Sa Myung Noh and Jelbirt Gomera. The 27 year old Paredes has won 5 of his last 6, but returns to Korea following a loss there in November to Gyung Mo Yuh.
In a KBM title eliminator at 154lbs we'll see Yoo Seung Jun (6-1) battle against Seung Hee Lee (4-6, 1). The form book strongly backs Jun, but the 27 year old was beaten last time out, by Sung Min Yuh, and we're interested to see how he bounces back. Lee did win last time out, but is 2-4 in his last 6, and it's hard to imagine scoring back to back wins here.
Talented 18 year old hopeful Sung Min Yuh (3-0) had to battle hard for his 3 wins in 2019 but actually appears to be in an easier fight here than he was last time out. Yuh faces off with Se Yul Yang (3-4-2, 1) in what is another KBM Light Middleweight eliminator. Interesting Yuh gave the previously mentioned Yoo Seung Jun his only defeat, and wins for both on this show would likely set up a rematch for late Spring.
Another youngster in an eliminator is the touted Da Won Gang (3-0, 1), who takes on Jin Soo Kim (6-7-1, 3) at 140lbs. This bout hard been arranged for prior to the new year, but was delayed, and added to this card, where it really fits well as a third title eliminator.