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Two OPBF Champs Win in Non-Title Bouts in Korea: Joe Koizumi

July 6, 1999
PUSAN, KOREA-A couple of Korean champions of the OPBF (Oriental & Pacific Boxing Federation) impressively won in non-title bouts.

The WBC #1 ranked YOSAM CHOI, OPBF light fly champ, 110, was awarded a TKO win over Mexican MARTIN ACEVEDO, 109 1/4, due to the latter's bad bleeding at 1:21 of the 5th round in a scheduled 10.

Choi, a short but game boxer-puncher, attempted to finish him early, so he looked tense and nervous in trying to throw big shots. Acevedo kept circling well to keep his distance, but Choi maintained the pressure.

The Mexican sustained a bad gash on the left eyebrow, and it became so worsened that he could continue fighting. The referee declared a halt upon the KBC physician's advice.

Choi raised his mark to 20-1, 10 KOs.

The OPBF light champ JONGKWON BAEK, WBC #6 lightie, 135 1/4, proved too pugnacious and energetic for Mexican ESTEBAN LORENZO, smoking him all the way en route to a fine KO at 2:08 of the 6th round in a scheduled 10.

Baek wasn't a typical Korean peek-a-boo stylist but an upright stylist. Though Lorenzo showed a good opening attack in the first round, Baek kept stalking him from the second round on.

Baek, 20-0, 18 KOs, rained a combinations and made him kneed down for the count.

Taller lefty WONBO CHUN, 130, utilized his southpaw left uppercuts to the belly to effectively weaken DOOYUL LEE, 130, and wear him down, finishing him at 2:36 of the 6th round.

Lee was a very durable fighter who had gone the distance with Kengo Nagashima in his quest for the OPBF title in Tokyo on June 5. But Chun battered him with fast combos from all angles, and bloodied him from the opening canto.

Lee's incessant combination sank him in the fatal session. This reporter was a witness of Lee's desperate fight agaisnt Nagashima, and was surprised at Lee's KO defeat by Chun. The Korean national champ wasn't a hard-puncher, but he could hit in combination effectively.

Ex-OPBF super-light champ JONGHOON YUH, 162 1/4, looked fat and heavy, but outmaneuvered Korean #1 welter contender DAESAN LEE, 161 1/4, winning a unanimous decision over 8.

Some 2,000 spectators were in attendance at Kudok Gymnasium.
Sung Min Promotion.
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