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Hyo-Min Kim Refuses Rematch with Brown in Korea
Submitted by:
Cathy van Ingen,
Media Consultant
July 12, 2010


(JULY 12) Mike Schmidt's Cloverlay Management, the management company representing current W.I.B.A. and W.B.A super bantamweight champion Lisa "Bad News" Brown, was advised over the weekend in Atlantic City that the I.F.B.A. has vacated Hyo-Min Kimís I.F.B.A. Featherweight title due to her refusal to fight a mandatory rematch against Brown.

The two boxers fought in Korea last year in what was a step up weight division for Brown. Given the extremely controversial nature of the decision and the reaction after the fight, the I.F.B.A. of its own accord ordered the rematch. After Kim recovered from an eye injury suffered during the fight the I.F.B.A. was informed that Kim refused the rematch.

Schmidt commented as follows: "That was a step up in weight class for Lisa and I really do not need to get into the judging again. That was all aired out last year. Suffice to say I am still getting people coming up to me saying, 'It was the worst decision since the Roy Jones debacle over there.' To refuse a rematch IN KOREA- well that takes things to a new all time low. When we were over in Korea, I had time to visit some of the boxing gyms and talk to the old timers. All I kept hearing, and it seems to be a popular theme these days for promoters and managers, was how much country-cultural pride there was in their fighters. I kept hearing words banded about such as 'warriors, cultural pride, go out on your shield, etc.' It is a shame for the fighter. At 126 lbs Kim is a very big, strong fighter, humble and goes about her business, but they are doing her a grave injustice not allowing her to do what is right given the circumstances. I know a few ladies over here that are going to be looking for the new belt she is boxing for including Garside and 'Little Tyson' Tsagouris. For us, well if you canít get a rematch in Korea, why bother trying. We congratulate the I.F.B.A, and the W.I.B.A for that matter over the past year, for their stance and look forward to regaining the I.F.B.A. 122 title that Lisa unfortunately had to relinquish in obtaining her fight, and one-sided victory against Ana Julaton, and defending the WBA and WIBA titles. In terms of true warrior spirit, well Lisa has fought in backyards from Korea, Australia, Bermuda, the States, and was not even the promoterís fighter in her last fight in Canada. That is warrior sprit!"

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IFBA quoted from their site the following:
"The IFBA has vacated the Featherweight title held by Hyo Min Kim due to her refusal to fight a mandatory rematch against Lisa Brown. The boxers fought in October, 2009 in South Korea for the vacant Featherweight title, with Kim winning by a controversial decision. The IFBA ruled that a mandatory rematch must take place. After Kim recovered from a subsequent eye injury, the IFBA was informed that Kim refused to fight Brown in a rematch and her title was therefore vacated."

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