Re: Ki-Soo Kim 'South Korea's First World Champion'
Ki-Soo Kim scores a tremendous upset, heard throughout Europe and Southeast Asia,
as he threw Light-Middleweight Champion - Nino Benvenuti completely off-balance,
by using his speed and elusiveness, to neutralize the aggressive Italian.
Fighting in front of 6500 hometown fans at Jangchung Gymnasium, Ki-Soo fought a
brilliant fight, by hitting the Italian with hard left hooks to the his thin body during
the middle rounds, taking the legs away from the tall Italian.
The President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee was also on hand to witness the
Nino, who tried to use his boxing style of left jabs and clinching, found the South Korean
much stronger than he had expected.
During several exchanges, the Italian scampered away back-pedaling, after tasting
hard left hooks to the stomach.
Judge, Yong-Soo Chung scored the bout 72-69 (6-3-6 in Rounds) Ki-Soo Kim
Judge, Antonio Galaradio scored the bout 72-68 (7-3-5 in Rounds) Nino Benvenuti
American Referee, Nick Pope scored the deciding card, 74-68 (7-1-7 in Rounds) for
the Winner and New World Light-Middleweight Champion - Ki-Soo Kim.
Ki-Soo Kim fought not only a smart fight, but a strong fight, as he outworked the Master
Boxer in Nino Benvunti.
Nino Benvenuti, obviously complained about the Decision, stating that the American Referee
did not appreciate his stand-up boxing style.
The now former Champion had a 'rematch clause' in the fight contract, but whether
he can get it is another story.