Boxing in South Korea is certainly not what it once was. Last year saw the first male world title fight in the country for the better part of a decade and it's hard to see the country ever having another era like the Korean Golden Age that spanned from the 1970's to the 1990's. Thankfully though their is still some interest in boxing in the country and that comes to fore this weekend with a brilliant title triple header.
South Korea, Chuncheon
With the card dubbed as "Boxing Big Match in Chuncheon" one might have been expecting a major fight. That's not to say we don't have an important fight but it's not one that many would view as "big". Thankfully we'll admit we're very excited by the card which is headlined by WBO female Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong (9-0, 5), pictured, defending her title for the third time.
Hong, one of only a handful of recognisable names in Korean boxing, will be hoping to over-come fellow unbeaten fighter Mako Yamada (6-0, 2) from Japan. The bout, which comes almost 6 months after Hong's last contest, promises to be one of the toughest bouts the champion has ever been in and we'd be shocked if she has an easy time with the 19 year old challenger.
As well as the female world title bout, which is the highlight of the show, we also get two Korean national title fights.
One of the national title fights sees Jong-Min Jung (4-6, 1) defending his South Korean Bantamweight title against the once beaten Ye-Joon Kim (6-1-2, 1). This bout has "distance fight" written all over it though should prove to be a compelling contest with two men wanting to battle to call themselves the national champion.
Whilst the Hong/Yamada and Jung/Kim fights both seem likely to go the schedule our other Korean title fight, which sees Taek-Min Kim (15-6, 10) defending his Korean Light Welterweight title against the unbeaten Ja-Ik Goo (2-0, 2), is very unlikely to go the schedule. To date Goo has never gone beyond a round whilst Kim has 10 stoppage wins and has been stopped in 2 of his last 3 contests. To us this looks like the most exciting clash on the card and if Goo wins he could well announce himself as the next big think in Korean boxing with his power and finishing instincts.