Hee-Jung Yuh Continues Quest To Become Three-Time World Champ
By: Clive Baum
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.