Kim Ki-soo c. 1968
17 September 1939|
Pukchong, South Hamgyong, Korea (today in North Korea)
|Died||10 June 1997
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Gi-su|
Kim graduated from Kyung Hee University's College of Physical Education. He competed in boxing at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, where he earned the gold medal of the welterweight division by defeating Soren Pirjanian of Iran, on points, in the final. He went on to represent South Korea as a welterweight at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, where he defeated Henry Perry (Ireland) on points, but then lost to Nino Benvenuti (Italy) on points.
Kim turned professional in 1961 and captured the World, WBC, and WBA light middleweight title when he upset Nino Benvenuti by split decision in 1966. He defended the belt twice before losing it to Sandro Mazzinghi in 1968 by split decision. He retired the following year.
After his retirement, Kim worked as a boxing coach. He later started his own company, and was successful in business. He died of liver cancer on 10 June 1997, at the age of 58. He was survived by his wife Jeong Ha-ja (鄭夏子), two sons, and two daughters.
- "拳鬪에大勝 鄭東薰金基洙選手堂堂優勝" [Big victory in boxing: Chung Dong-hoon, Kim Ki-soo both win]. The Dong-a Ilbo. 1958-06-02. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
- "국내 첫 프로권투 세계챔피언 金基洙씨 별세" [First domestic pro boxing world champion Kim Ki-soo passes away]. Yonhap News. 1997-06-11. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
- Kim Gi-Su. sports-reference.com
|World Light Middleweight Champion
25 Jun 1966 – 26 May 1968
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