Incheon, South Korea
It's fair to say that Korean boxing has been lacking in terms of name value an even attention grabbing action over the last few years. This coming Sunday however we see that change as Korea hosts a former world champion and a former amateur stand out as AK Promotions give us possibly the most notable Korean show since Koki Kameda defended the WBA Bantamweight title in the country a couple of years ago.
A lot of the attention for this show has been garnered due to former world champion Randall Bailey (45-8-0-1, 38), the American “KO King” who was arguably the hardest puncher, pound-for-pound, in the sport at one point. The American veteran, a multi-weight champion, has signed with Korean group AK Promotions who have immediately thrown him into a title bout with Japanese fighter Shusaku Fujinaka (12-5-2, 8). The two men, who will be trading blows for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title, are very different fighters, with Bailey being a crafty veteran with a stick of dynamite in his right hand and Fujinaka being an aggressive and attacking fighter who should bring the pressure.
Whilst a lot of the attention from the West is on Bailey he's not the only AK fighter making his Korean debut, in fact Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem (0-0) is going one further as he makes his debut and takes on Min Wook Lee (2-2) in a bout for the Korean (KBC) Bantamweight title. Although not a big name, like Bailey, Waseem is potentially the man who could help kick start the Pakistan boxing. Although making his professional debut there is real excitement about Waseem and his team aren't scared of throwing him in a 10 round to kick things off.
As well as the two title bouts the card also has a deep under-card. Whilst a number of those bouts are competitive looking one of the bouts really stands out, that's a 6 rounder between Korean veteran Taek-Min Kim (15-7, 10) and Filipino visitor Ryan Sermona (17-7, 10). This, on paper, is a brilliant match up and may potentially steal the show. Kim is rarely in a dull fight and often relies on his toughness and power, rather than skills, and Sermona will likely go to Korea feeling he needs a stoppage, as a result this could be something very special.
For fight fans wanting to tune in to this one, and potentially see the final bout of Randall Bailey, the card will be aired on Korean TV on SBS Sports.