Originally Posted by lora
Yeah, Kim was supposed to be past his peak physically before he even turned pro.Stayed too long in the amatuers, and lots of brutal gym wars with Chang and Yuh had taken their toll.He could well have been at least as good as Chiquita and Carbajal had he got in the mix earlier.
Hi-Sup shin is another South Korean figher from that period that big things were expected from, but he killed a fighter and was never the same afterwards apparently.I've only viewed his later fights so i can't say for sure how good he looked prior to the death unfortunately.
I think Kim's success with both Humberto Gonzalez and Michael Carbajal is a good indication on how well the likes of Myung-Woo Yuh would have done had he jumped over to the states and tried to unify late in his career. Gonzalez, even with his two victories over Carbajal, made hardwork out of a lot of unknown quantities; Yul-Woo Lee, Domingo Sosa, and Kwang Sun Kim to name three. Not terribly consistent operators but then again you could say the same for Yuh.
I have Hi-Sup Shin's fight with Santos Laciar, and it's been uploaded on my youtube account. A demolition job.