Hong Soo-hwan

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Hong.
Hong Soo-Hwan
Alfonso Zamora vs. Soo-Hwan Hong.jpg
Alfonso Zamora (left) vs. Hong in 1976
Real name Hong Soo-Hwan
Rated at Super Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality South Korea South Korean
Born (1950-05-26) May 26, 1950 (age 66)
Seoul, South Korea
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 50
Wins 41
Wins by KO 14
Losses 5
Draws 4
No contests 0

Hong Soo-hwan (Hangul: 홍수환) (born May 26, 1950 in Seoul, South Korea) is a retired professional boxer from South Korea who held the Lineal and WBA bantamweight titles.

Pro career[edit]

Hong turned pro in 1969 and in 1974 captured the Lineal and WBA bantamweight title with a decision win over Arnold Taylor,[1] a fight in which Taylor was down in the 1st, 5th, and 14th rounds. He lost his title in his 2nd defense to Alfonso Zamora in 1975. In 1977 he captured the vacant WBA super bantamweight title in an exciting 3rd round KO over Hector Carrasquilla. Hong was down 4 times in the 2nd, only to come back in the following round to win. He lost the title in his 2nd defense to Ricardo Cardona in 1978.


Hong was named The Ring magazine Progress of the Year fighter for 1974.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hong Soo-hwan - Lineal Bantamweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia. 

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Preceded by
Arnold Taylor
WBA Bantamweight Champion
1974 Jul 3 – 1975 Mar 14
Succeeded by
Alfonso Zamora
Lineal Bantamweight Champion
1974 Jul 3 – 1975 Mar 14
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
WBA Super Bantamweight Champion
1977 Nov 26 - 1978 May 7
Succeeded by
Ricardo Cardona