High School-Graduate Boxer Wins
WBC Super-Flyweight Belt
Hong Chang Su holds up
his national flag in one hand and unification flag in other hand after his
victory was announced at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Japan on Aug. 27
OSAKA – Carried a piggyback by his
father, Hong Chang Su drew a unification flag featuring a unified Korean
Peninsula on his back and
held up his fists in the air as his victory over his south
Korean opponent was announced at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium on Aug. 27
Hong Chang Su, 25, a graduate from Tokyo Korean High School seized the World
Boxing Council super-flyweight title with a unanimous points decision by a large
margin over south Korea’s defending champion Cho In Ju.
continued to dictate the tempo of the fight almost entirely during a full
12-round bout with his quick and skilful punches, dominating the bout with his
speed boxing and sent the champion to the canvas with his hard right in the
Holding out against the hard rush of the challenger, 31-year-old Cho continuously got Hong‘s sharp right
blow and had bled heavily from a slash over his left eye since the final phase
of the match.
The three judges from the U.S. went big for
Hong with Henry Elespuru scoring it 117-109, Lou Filippo 119-107 and Dalby
the beginning of his debut as a pro-boxer, he had called for the reunification
of Korea on the ring wearing boxing trunks, which was embroidered with letter
reading “One Korea”
and now, he became the first Korean boxer who holds world boxing title while
living in Japan.
and now, he became the first Korean boxer who holds world boxing title while living in Japan.
world title match attracted a great deal of attention as the first-ever world
title bout between a north and south Korean professional boxers.
is no 38th parallel on the ring” - this was the slogan that ran on
the posters promoting the fight designed by Hideo Kanazawa, chairman of the gym
to which he belonged.
than half of the full capacity of 3000 seats were occupied by Korean living in
Japan, who gave warm cheers for the first-ever north-south world title match and
the atmosphere was filled with friendship as Koreans danced together and waved
their flags depicting the Korean Peninsula.
opening the world title match, “Our Wish is Reunification” was played by was
sang by north and south Korean singers
almost shed tears as the song was played" said Hong after the match and
continued, "I won the victory today thanks to all Korean residents in Japan
cheering me up."
unending cheers calling his name, Hong bawled out “Korea is one!” in
response to the cheering
who gathered there from all
hopes to hold a defensive match at Pyongyang.
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