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|Full name||Moon Sung-kil|
July 20, 1963 |
Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb)|
Moon, who compiled a purported record of 219–22 (164 KO) during his amateur career, was known as a great knockout puncher of the lighter divisions. In 1982, he won the bantamweight gold medal at the Asian Games in New Delhi, knocking out Wanchai Pongsri of Thailand with one blow in the final.
In November 1985, Moon won the gold medal at the Boxing World Cup, manhandling all the opponents by KO.
In 1986, Moon became the first South Korean amateur boxer to win a gold medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships, beating future Olympic silver medalists Aleksandar Hristov and Arnaldo Mesa in the tourney.
|1984 Summer Olympics|
|Second||Win||John Hyland||KO 3|
|Third||Win||Robert Shannon||RSC 3|
|Quarterfinal||Loss||Pedro Nolasco||RSC 1|
|1985 Boxing World Cup|
|Bantamweight||Quarterfinal||Win||Bernard Price||KO 1|
|Semifinal||Win||Ljubisa Simic||RSC 2|
|Final||Win||Jose Rodriguez||KO 2|
|1986 World Championships|
|Bantamweight||First||Win||Fabrizio Cappai||KO 1|
|Quarterfinal||Win||Aleksandar Hristov||RSC 2|
Moon's pro debut took place on March 8, 1987 with a first-round KO over Ric Bajelot, a fighter with 16 professional fights at the time. Moon won his first six fights by knock-out, before challenging Khaokor Galaxy for the WBA Bantamweight Title on August 14, 1988. Moon won a six-round technical decision to win the title. The fight was stopped early due to an accidental headbutt that cut Moon.
Moon would go on to make two successful defenses of his title, scoring a seventh-round KO of Edgar Omar Monserrat, and a fifth-round KO of Chiaki Kobayashi. Kobayashi, a former Japanese National Bantamweight Champion, retired after this defeat.
On July 9, 1989 Moon and Galaxy met in a rematch, this time Galaxy won a unanimous decision over 12 rounds to regain his WBA Bantamweight Title. Moon was knocked down twice in the 11th round, losing by scores of 120–109, 120–109 and 120–112.
Moon then moved down in weight. Moon scored a second-round KO over Romeo Opriasa in a tune-up bout, before challenging Nana Konadu on January 20, 1990 for the WBC Super Flyweight Title. The fight between Moon and Konadu was a war, both fighters were knocked down several times. Moon won a ninth-round technical decision to capture the title, after once again becoming the victim of an accidental headbutt. Moon won by scores of 86–84, 86–82, and 87–84 to capture his second World Title in his second division.
Moon would go on to record nine successful title defenses, including five victories over prior or future World Champions. These victories included a ninth-round KO over former two-time WBC Super Flyweight Champion Gilberto Roman, a fourth-round KO over Konadu in their rematch, and a first-round KO over former two-time WBC Light Flyweight and one-time WBA Flyweight Champion Hilario Zapata.
On July 3, 1993, Moon made his ninth and final successful title defense, scoring a 12-round majority decision over future IBF Super Flyweight and WBO Flyweight Champion Carlos Gabriel Salazar.
On November 13, 1993 Moon lost a split decision to Jose Luis Bueno by scores of 115–114, 112–117 and 110–118 to lose the WBC Super Flyweight Title. Sung-Kil Moon retired after this fight, finishing with professional record of 20 wins and two losses (15 by knockout).
|WBA Bantamweight Champion
1988-08-14 – 1989-07-09
|WBC Super Flyweight Champion
1990-01-20 – 1993-11-13
Jose Luis Bueno