ONE Bantamweight Kevin Chung Talks How To Get Signed, Kevin Belingon Loss, And Injuries
The bantamweight division for ONE Championship has a pool of talented up-and-comers and Kevin Chung is right in the thick of things.
The Korean-American combatant hailing out of Virginia came into the promotion as an unknown and quickly solidified himself as a prospect. He did this with a dominant win over Zhong Qingya at ONE Championship: Light Of A Nation in his debut last June.
He then jumped the ranks and faced off against the heavy-handed Kevin Belingon in Manila four months later. Many criticized the matchup due to the disparity in their records yet Chung took on this endeavor without hesitation.
Although Chung had advantageous moments in the fight, Belingon landed the more damaging shots and took the unanimous decision victory. This gave the 25-year-old the first loss of his career while giving him the vital experience needed against a contender to elevate himself in the future.
Looking to get the bad taste out his mouth from the Belingon loss, Chung signed on to fight Japanese submission legend Masakazu Imanari at ONE: Heroes Of Honor on April 20 but injuries forced him off that card.
Chung is currently spending his time healing his wounds and making the proper adjustments needed to come back stronger than ever.
John Hyon Ko caught up with Kevin Chung on his recent visit to South Korea to discuss how he hustled his way into getting signed by ONE Championship, his successful promotional debut at last summer in Myanmar, learning from the Kevin Belingon loss, the injuries he sustained that took him out the Masakazu Imanari matchup, and more.