Pyeongtaek City, South Korea
This coming Sunday in Pyeongtaek City the KBC will be overseeing a small card. The card certainly isn't a big one, but is a fail notable one with several noteworthy names involved.
The show will have 5 bouts in total, and according to the KBC the two main bouts are essentially boxer Vs kick boxer bouts due to issues with match making related to the on going global situation. The kick boxers have proven themselves in their sport, but big questions need to be asked about how they will fair in professional boxing.
The first of those main bouts will see Kim Ju Young (15-3-2, 9) take on a fighter who appears to be called San Hae Jo (0-0), in a 6 rounder. Although Ho is a kicked boxer, the KBC have stated they are 17-1 (6) in kick boxing, and on paper that does make this a little bit more competitive than it first looks. Sadly for Ho that kick boxing experience might not be enough against someone with the talent and experience of Young.
The second main bout on the card will see Hwang Kil Kim (12-2, 6) face off with Ki Sub Kwon (0-0). Kim is one of the better Korean fighters out there and holds decent wins against the likes of Abdurasul Ismoilov and Kongthara KKP, so a match against a debuting boxer does seem rather hair. Kwon, although making his boxing debut, has gone 17-3 (4) in kick boxing.
We'll admit we hope this is a one off, but the KBC doe have a history of some awful match making and this doesn't fill us with much hope that this show will be a good one. Saying that however the two kick boxers are, apparently MAX FC champions, so are certainly capable fighters, even if they lack traditional boxing experience.
With the world pretty much in some form of lock down right now it feels weird talking about boxing returning to the ring, anywhere, but this coming Sunday there will actually be fights. Albeit in an empty boxing gym in Gimpo. Whilst it's great to have some boxing to talk about, and it feels like there is some light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, it's also worrying that perhaps boxing shouldn't be getting pushed back out there yet until things are more normal. We won't digress too much further other than to say this show, sanctioned by the KBC, is the first boxing event in a while. Fingers crossed we will see more in the near future, but not before other things are sorted out.
Given this is in Korea, and there's no ticket sales, and appears to be no streaming, it's obvious the fighters won't be getting wads of cash, and it may further split the always fragile working relationships in Korea.
Anyway that's enough of that, lets look at what we do have!
Gimpo, South Korea
The KBC will be sanctioning a 4 bout show at the Legend Boxing Gym in Gimpo. There really isn't much to talk about, with a couple of 4 rounders and a pair of 8 rounders. From those 4 bouts we're only going to go into one of them in any detail as it really is a card with Novice Vs Novice bouts, apart from the one bout.
The bout of note will see 28 year hopeful Hwang Kil Kim (11-2, 5) taking on Jae Duk Bae (4-6-2). Yes this is the best bout on the one card that is taking place any time soon. Kim is actually a really solid fighter at this time of level. He's no world beater but a win against Abdurasul Ismoilov last year saw him show potential, and he was competitive with Liam Paro late last year. Kim was actually supposed to be fighting Hiroki Okada in Japan before things prevented fights in the Land of the Rising Sun, and at the moment it's unclear will ever take place. Whilst Kim is a decent fighter he's the naturally smaller man here with Bae being a natural Welterweight, however Bae is the much more limited fighter, having gone 1-6 in his last 7 bouts.
We'll be honest we can't see anything but a win for Kim here.