Yong Joo Lim earns welterweight title shot with knockout victory at Double G 6
On Friday evening in Seoul, Double G 6 took place at Sindorim Techno Mart Grand Ballroom with a limited crowd in attendance. In the headliner, Yong Joo Lim finished Jong Ki Ahn to earn a welterweight title shot.
Off a kick, Ahn perfectly timed a takedown around thirty seconds in and easily put his opponent firmly against the cage. After creating a little space, Lim was hit with a barrage of punches and dropped with a short left hook.
Although Ahn swarmed, ‘The Korean Wonderboy’ used his footwork and fled to take the center of the cage. At the midway point of the first frame, Lim was taken down again but was able to get back up quickly. Not too long after, he was lifted and slammed by the former national wrestling team member.
Doing his best imitation of a wet blanket, Ahn did not give Lim any breathing space. He, however, started to slow and that is when Lim got upright and landed a stinging right counter that collapsed Ahn at the end of the round.
Lim started the second round light on his feet while Ahn slowly marched forward. Out of nowhere, the 27-year-old karate specialist zoomed in a right hand that stunned Ahn.
Shortly thereafter, Lim connected again with a straight right that put his foe to sleep.
With that impressive finish, Lim elevates his record to 3-3 and punches his ticket to face welterweight champion Tae Ho Jin at a future date. Ahn, on the other hand, drops to 2-2.
The co-main event was originally a battle of promising flyweights. In place of Chang Ho Lee, who sustained a shoulder injury in training, Se Hyun Kim flew up from Jeju Island on a weeks’ notice and faced Hyun Sung Park at a contracted weight of 58kgs.
The round kicked off unexpectedly with a lot of clinch work from these two strikers. Park pressed Kim against the cage working short shots and knees when he could. The ref did not see enough action so he separated them.
It was no secret that Park wanted to take this fight to the ground. The 27-year-old MOB product eventually completed a beautiful trip takedown and established side control. He then slid into the mount without much resistance.
After taking a couple of punches to the face, Kim gave up his back. Park slowly wrapped up the neck and the tap came quick.
With his third straight stoppage victory, Park (4-0) establishes himself as a top flyweight prospect in the country. While Kim (3-2) goes back to the drawing board.
Best of the rest
Young Hoon Lee (5-3) had a standout performance earlier in the night. Coming off a submission loss at the last event, the 21-year-old lightweight redeemed himself with a third-round knockout with a tornado of strikes over Byung Seok Kim (3-2).