Boxing...and South Korea now has two world champions Kim Sang-hyon became the country's second world?
Boxing...and South Korea now has two world champions Kim Sang-hyon became the country's second world champion when he captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight title in Seoul on Saturday (30 December). It was a surprise victory for Kim who knocked out the former-world and Thai champion, Saensak Muangsurin in the thirteenth round of a scheduled fifteen round contest.
SYNOPSIS: Kim, gave the champion, wearing the striped shorts, problems from the start of the fight. Muangsurin used his experience to get out of trouble, and took the fight to his opponent, hoping to land one of his famous left hooks. But Kim was not overawed by the advancing champion, landing a number of good counter-punches.
It was Muangsurin's eighth title defence in three and a half years. As the bout progressed, he realised he had a real fight on his hands. In the eleventh round the champion looked unsteady as Kim forced him across the ring with a combination of left and rights to the head and body.
Muangsurin, seemed a little short of peak fitness having spent eight months out of the ring because of an eye injury. He realised he was behind on points and needed to score well to retain his title.
The champion's rally was short-lived.
In the thirteenth round, Kim knocked Muangsurin to the canvas. The crowd of two thousand in the Chamsil Student Gymnasium went wild as Muangsurin failed to beat the count. It was a great victory for the unknown Korean, the world title, in his twenty-fifth professional fight.