A bantamweight tournament will get underway at Road FC 64. The quarter finals will all take place at Wonju Gymnasium on June 24th and among the fighters confirmed is Soo Chul Kim.

Kim (18-7-1) is the reigning Road FC featherweight champion and former bantamweight champion and was the inaugural ONE Championship bantamweight champion. He is coming off a debatable split decision loss to Juan Archuleta in a Rizin 135lbs title eliminator.

He was a young prodigy but took several years off during his prime. The 31 year old has been matched with Russia’s Aleksey Indenko (8-4) in the opening round of the tournament.

Koran contingent

In total there will be four Korean quarter finalists and they have all been matched with foreign opponents. Park Hyung-Geun (5-4-2) faces Brazilian Bruno Azevedo (18-3) while Cha Min-Hyeok (1-1) takes on Mongolia’s Baatarchuluun Gantogtokh (4-1).

Soo Chul Kim fought on Road FC 1 in 2010. Joining him in the tournament is another promotional veteran with Moon Je-Hoon (12-13) fighting for the promotion for the 18th time when he takes on Japan’s Akira Haraguchi (8-4).

Lightweight tournament

As previously announced a lightweight tournament will also get underway at Road FC 64. The quarter finals will take place at Wonju Gymnasium on June 24th. Park Si Won is coming off a win at Road FC 62 and has been matched with Japan based Cameroonian Mark Moleke (13-9).

Park is one of three Korean quarter finalists. Park Hae Jin will take on Shutaro Debana while Tae Young Yoon has been matched with Russia’s Artur Soloviev (7-6).

The fourth quarter final features a Road FC veteran. Mongolia’s Nandin-Erdene Munguntsooj has fought 16 times for the promotion and will be matched with Brazilian Filipe Jesus.

Previous tournament

Road FC’s last lightweight tournament took place in 2019. Mansour Barnaoui went on to win the tournament and become the lightweight champion after beating A Sol Kwon.

On that occasion the champion did not participate in the tournament. As a result A Sol Kwon spent over two years on the sidelines before fighting the tournament winner.

This time around the promotion has thrown its lightweight champion into the tournament. Si Won Park won the belt at Road FC 61 last year and has successfully defended it once.

Road FC 64, Wonju, June 14th
Park Si Won vs. Mark Moleke (Lightweight tournament 1/4 final)
Park Hae Jin vs. Shutaro Debana (Lightweight tournament 1/4 final)
Tae Young Yoon vs. Artur Soloviev (Lightweight tournament 1/4 final)
Nandin-Erdene Munguntsooj vs. Filipe Jesus (Lightweight tournament 1/4 final)
Je Woo Yeo vs. Sang Kwon Han (Lightweight tournament reserve match)
Park Hyung-Geun vs. Bruno Azevedo (Bantamweight tournament 1/4 final)
Soo Chul Kim vs. Aleksey Indenko (Bantamweight tournament 1/4 final)
Cha Min-Hyeok vs. Baatarchuluun Gantogtokh (Bantamweight tournament 1/4 final)
Moon Je-Hoon vs. Akira Haraguchi (Bantamweight tournament 1/4 final)