The World Boxing Federation (WBF) is back in South Korea on Sunday December 10, when former two-time World Champion Hee-Jung Yuh fights Li Ping Shi from China for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight title in Seoul.
Yuh, 18-3 (9), won the IFBA World Super Flyweight title in 2012 and made one defence before moving up in weight to win the WIBF World Bantamweight crown in 2014. In October of 2015 she failed to add the WBO World Bantamweight title, losing a decision to Naoko Fukioka in Japan.
Since coming up short against Fujioka, Yuh has moved back down to Super Flyweight and won three straight fights. If she can defeat Shi and become Intercontinental champion, she could be in prime position to fight for the vacant WBF World title in 2018.
Li Ping Shi, nicknamed “Little Rock”, is 7-1-1 (3) since entering the paid code in 2015. An accomplished amateur, this will be her first outing outside China, and her first title fight, but she is well aware that she has been given a major opportunity to make a break-through.
Only nineteen years old, Shi is only half the age of Yuh (38). Will she be too fresh for the seasoned South Korean, or will Yuh simple have too much experience to let the young prospect get in her way? The proof will be in the pudding on December 10.
Eight Elite Boxers From Pound-4-Pound Boxing Program Head to 2017 USA Boxing Elite Youth National Championships & Junior Open
Eight members from the “Pound-4-Pound” gym, Las Vegas’ # 1 amateur boxing program, will compete in the 2017 USA Boxing Elite Youth National Championships & Junior Open. The five-day tournament will take place in Salt Lake City, UT, at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, more commonly known as the Salt Palace, starting December 5th through December 9th.
Only the best boxers from around the United States will compete to see who is the best amateur boxer in the nation. All 15 and 16 year-olds who win this tournament will make the USA Boxing Team. All others will be ranked #1 in their respective weight classes.
“This is the big tournament that our team has been waiting to participate in,” said Pound-4-Pound head coach Richard Barrientes. “Only the elite amateur fighters from around the country will be competing. All my kids have worked extremely hard to get here. I’m very proud of this group and everyone knows what it’s going to take to come out on top. Competing in these type of tournaments is what builds self-esteem. Win or lose, these kids will never forget these moments.”