It started off as simple stunt training for a drama, but now Korean actress Lee Si-young has a legitimate chance of representing her country as a boxer.
The 30-year-old actress on Monday reached the finals of the National Amateur Boxing Championships in the under-48 kg category with a 7-1 decision win over Choi Ji-yun.
In the match against shorter competition, 169 cm-Lee used her long arms to keep Choi at a distance and pestered her with quick jabs. The southpaw rattled Choi with consecutive left straights and intelligently clinched her whenever possible to neutralize her powerful attacks.
If she wins the finals on Tuesday, she will become a member of the national women’s boxing squad, the first actress ever to do so.
Lee’s success is baffling to many, considering that she only started boxing two years ago when she was cast as a female boxer in a TV drama. Although the drama was cancelled before it was even aired, her passion for the sport never wavered.
Lee took up the sport in her late 20s and has to fight opponents who are much more experienced and younger than she is. Yet she has already enjoyed some success, winning the Rookie Amateur Boxing Event in 2010 and the 42nd Amateur Boxing Federation tournament in July 2012.
The actress and boxer said she is not a very skilled boxer, but said she is participating because she wants to get into the ring.
“Rather than to think about what it would be like (to join the national team), I just want to focus on my games and do my best each and every match,” she said in an interview with Korean broadcaster SBS.
“If given a chance, I think it will be a great experience for me. I will try harder,” she added.
By Yoon Min-sik
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