Hong Jun Hong and Kim Sang Won fight to a draw in featherweight eliminator at Double G 4
Double G 4 took place on Saturday night in Seoul at the KBS Arena. It was a night full of highlight-reel knockouts and technical submissions with only two bouts going to the judges’ scorecards.
The main event was a very anticlimactic end to a night of incredible fights. Hong Jun Young (9-6-1) and Kim Sang Won (6-3-1) faced off for a spot in the inaugural featherweight title bout against Azizbek Satibaldiev, yet the fight ended in a draw.
All three rounds were so closely contested with both fighters trading shot for shot. Neither took a ton of damage and stayed in each exchange until the end. It was clear that each round could have swung either way in the eyes of the judges.
This result put the organization in a peculiar position with Satibaldiev waiting in the wings to compete for the title. A big possibility would be a rematch later this year to determine who moves into the spot.
In the co-headliner, Gladiator lightweight champion Ki Won Bin took on flamboyant striker Kevin Park. Many believed this was a complete mismatch due to the former’s superior size and they would end up being proved right.
Ki began the first round composed and worked the jab until he felt the distance was proper to throw straight power shots. Park tried to utilize the overhand right to no avail.
When the moment was right, Ki lasered a straight right and stunned Park. He popped immediately back up only to find himself on the receiving end of more strikes.
Ki rushed forward and landed devastating knees and uppercuts, putting him back on the floor. The punches continued to flow until the referee was forced to step in with Park clearly unconscious.
Ki gets back on track after losing to Atsushi Kishimoto late last year and moves his record to 14-6. Meanwhile, Park is knocked out for the first time in his career and drops to 2-3.
The only women’s fight of the evening had Park Bo Hyun and Jang Hyun Ji going to battle in a strawweight affair. The day before, Jang missed weight and was subsequently penalized heading into the fight.
Park went into the fight knowing she would automatically be named the winner if it lasted the distance. But, to her credit, she wasn’t content to just take the decision win.
Park began and ended the fight with vicious aggression, clipping her opponent with left hooks and overhand rights on numerous occasions throughout the first two periods. By the end of the second frame Jung’s face bore the brunt of this damage.
The third round is where Park switched up the game plan and utilized the clinch and dirty boxing extremely effectively against the cage. Once Jung was bloodied and fatigued, Park dragged the fight to the canvas.
In the waning seconds after taking a myriad of shots, Park locked in a rear-naked choke and forced Jang to tap with blood painted all over her face.
Jang (3-4) continues her downward spiral with three straight losses, while Park (3-1) picks up her first finish and avenges her only loss.
Best of the rest
To round out the main card, lightweights Ok Rae Yoon (12-3) and Jin Tae Ho (8-5) snatched up first-round finishes. The former was able to get revenge on Burenzorig Batmunkh (9-9) via rear-naked choke and the latter defeated Jung Je Il (5-5) for the second straight show but this time around he took only 47 seconds.