Boy has it been a long time since we've had some up coming fights to talk about, but this coming Saturday we will have action as Korea hosts two different shows, run by different authorities and a Chinese show! From the Korean shows one is a KBA show and one is a KBC show.
Hamsong-ro, South Korea
The KBA show, Korean Boxing Association, is set to be made available over Indian Sports, STN Sports and Youtube and will be promoted by Bumjin Promotion.
This show is set to have 4 bouts, originally there was 5 contests scheduled but one of the bouts was cancelled due to an injury.
From the 4 bouts still taking place two of them are all debut clashes and one of the other bouts will see Min Hyuk Jang (4-0, 4) take on the debut Lee Jun Han (0-0), in what looks like a mismatch on paper.
The other bout will see Kim Jung Min (0-3-2) take on Hee Sup Shin (0-0-2) in a bout at a contracted 151lbs.
*Note names and records taken from KBA's website.
Jungbong-ro, South Korea
The KBC show will have 6 bouts, despite it originally announce 7, and again they are really low quality match ups. The main event here will see the unbeaten Hyun Jin Kim (2-0-1, 2) taking on fellow unbeaten Man Suk Lee (2-0), in what appears to be the most attractive bout across the two shows. This bout is the only bout, from either show, to be scheduled for more than 4 rounds and should be a genuine good bout.
Although we're only mentioning one bout from this show it really does feel like this is the better show. It has an interesting main event and the other bouts are, for the most part, even matched, with fights who have a win or two to their name.
Whilst boxing is back in Korea we're not expecting anything too exciting during June and it very much feels like these sorts of shows are testing the water for later on in the year. Fingers crossed that those in charge of boxing in Korea take the chance to put on bigger bouts sooner rather than later.
We also have some Rookie action pencilled in for a Chinese show in Beijing. As with the Korean cards this is low level stuff, though does have two bouts worthy of some note.
One bout will see 22 year old Run Ang Du (1-2-1) take on the unbeaten Tumaerbieke Nuerbieke (4-0) in a 4 round bout at 154lbs. The other bout of interest will see Changyuan Yan (1-2) take on the much more experienced Wulamu Tulake (8-2-1, 4), at Middleweight. It's hard to imagine the less experienced man in either of these bouts picking up the W, but it does need to be said that Tulake hasn't fought in over 3 years!
Again this isn't a great quality show, but is the first Chinese card since January, and it's great to see boxing back in China after such a long break. We all know why China stopped it's boxing scene, and we're not going to speak about that, and instead just feel happy we get some boxing in the country after such a long, long break.
**Please note all cards subject to change