January 21, 1978
Young-Ho, rebounded, and scored a (W Dec 12) over veteran Filipino - Joe Lim, for his
'5th' OPBF Lightweight Title Defense,
Now with a record of 40-5-3, the 'Korean Terror' was ranked as the #8 Lightweight,
but with little chance of getting a World Title bout, as Roberto Duran would go on
hiatus for 1978.
Instead, the 5' 5" Lightweight dropped down to 130 lbs, and campaigned as a
Super-Featherweight for mid-1978, and scored '2' more Decision wins.
Including, an April 3, 1978 - WBA Super-Featherweight Elimination bout (W Dec 10) over
'undefeated' Filipino - Fred 'Bruce Lee' Basa.
In April 1978, 26 year-old - Young-Ho was now ranked as a the #1 WBA Super-Featherweight
at 42-5-3 (26 KO's) and earned a 'Championship Bout' versus Samuel 'Sammy' Serrano as the
Saurday Night - July 8, 1978
WBA Super-Featherweight Champion - Samuel 'Sammy Serrano. The 25 1/2 year-old Champion
at 37-3-1 (11 KO's) will be making his '6th Title Defense'. The 5' 9 1/2" Champion will have a
4 1/2" height and 5" reach advantage over his shorter Korean Challenger.
The Champion utilized his longer reach to his advantage right from the start, and stayed outside
using his left jab, and quick right-hand counters, as Young-Ho pressed forward.
By Round 3, it was obvious, that the Korean would have an extremely difficult task in getting close
to the elusive Champion, as Serrano was too fast for the hard-punching Young-Ho.
The Korean had some brief moments of success in Rounds 4 and 5, as he was able to get closer to the
Champion, and did land some grazing right hands to Serrano's chin, but his effective attack was soon
In Rounds 6 and 7, Serrano landed a variety a good punches on Young-Ho, which seemed to take the
energy out of the Challenger. The Korean was no longer pressing and trying to throw his hard right hand,
but was now limited to pawing with weak punches while trying to get inside the taller Serrano.
In Round 8, Serrano measured the weakened Challenger, and raked him over with hard right hands over
the top, and wobbling him with 'two' chopping right hands to the chin late in the round.
In Round 9, Serrano battered the Korean early, and had him wobbling. Then at the 1:55 Mark, Serrano
dropped Young-Ho with a 4-punch flurry. The Korean got up at the '4-Count', and tried to fight back.
But, Serrano was over-powering and battered him with lefts and rights, before dropping him with a
hard right-hand at the 2:49 Mark.
Young-Ho struggled to get up, and though he did rise before the '10-Count', Referee - Luis Sudiran
counted out the Korean, as he was out on his feet, and in 'no-shape' to continue as he staggered
back to his corner.
Though Young-Ho's handlers wanted to send him out for Round 10, as they thought their fighter was
saved by the bell at the end of Round 9. But the Referee said he counted out the Korean at the end of
Round 9 before the bell rang.
It goes down as a TKO 9 for the Champion - Samuel Serrano.