Titles: WBC jr. flyweight champion 1983-1988 Record: 38-4 Born: February 4, 1963 in Pussan, South Korea Years active: 1980-1991 Nickname: The Korean Hawk Chang was one of the most aggressive Korean champions of all-time but it was his bag of tricks and fast hands that propelled him to champion status. Known as "The Korean Hawk" he was a brilliant boxer who seldom hurt his opponent but in the mid 80's had to be considered one of the best pound for pound fighters with 15 successful title defenses. Chang would wear a opponent down with constant pressure while impressing the judges with at least one flurry of combination punches a round. The one thing Chang did not possess however was a knockout punch. Chang was so impressive in the early stages of his career that he was rushed into a title shot against v eteran Hilario Zapata and lost a close split decision while still only 19 years old. Zapata made the mistake of giving Chang a rematch in Korea and was stopped in the third round of the one sided affair. This was to be the beginning of a career that would see Chang on top of his division and the most beloved sportsman of his country. In the last 15 round fight of the divisions history Chang outpointed tough former champion German Torres from Mexico, then went on to outpoint the rising Thai star Sot Chitlada having to overcome a badly cut eye to do so. The Torres fight however did have a moment of controversy when a legitimate knockdown of Chang was ruled a slip. The 2 point advantage in that round would have given Torres the decision win. Chang did give Torres a rematch and erased any doubts about who the better fighter was with a one sided win. Fransisco Montiel, Eduardo Tunon, Efren Pinto, and Augustin Garcia all good challengers were defeated with little difficulty. 2 more successful title defenses followed before Chang burdened by the financial difficulties of a failed business and family strife decided to vacate his crown in 1988. Some say his fighting spirit left him after the problems which led to a divorce and his return in 1989 was less than impressive. He would loose all 3 of his comeback fights against very good opposition. In a attempt to regain his title he lost on points to Humberto "Chiquita" Gonzalez and a move up in weight saw him to loose to earlier victim Sot Chitlada and Muangchai Kittikasem. He wisely retired after the fight with Kittikasem. Chang is a example of boxing being a mentally taxing game and a unfocused fighter will not win at the world class level. Still in his prime he was a super boxer with a crowd pleasing style.
1980 Nov 17 Jong-Yul Suh Seoul KO3 Nov 19 Jin-Hyung Park Seoul KO3 Nov 22 Eu-Kwan Lee Seoul W4 Nov 23 Ho-Chol Pyun Seoul W4 Nov 29 Hee-Sup Shin Seoul W4 Dec 7 Nam-Keun Kwang Seoul W6 1981 Jan 11 Jin-Hyung Park Pusan KO2 Jan 23 Chang-Pyo Hong Pusan W8 Mar 29 Yo-Dong Kim Pusan W6 Apr 25 Michael Bluka Pusan W10 Jun 7 Oscar Bolivar Taejon W10 Sep 4 Rod Esmero Pusan W10 Oct 11 Leonardo Paredes Taejon KO6 Nov 18 Chutmonglol Thairungriang Pusan KO2 Dec 26 Alfonso Lopez Seoul KO3 1982 Feb 10 Chong-Kwan Chung Taegu KO6 Apr 4 Luk-Odd Phitiporn Pusan KO5 Jul 10 Amado Ursua Seoul W10 Sep 18 Hilario Zapata Chunju L15 Dec 5 Rodrigo Saonoy Chungju W10 1983 Feb 6 Tito Abella Chungju KO2 Mar 26 Hilario Zapata Taejon KO3 (Wins WBC Junior Flyweight) Jun 11 Masaharu Inami Taegu KO2 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) Sep 10 German Torres Taejon W12 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) 1984 Mar 31 Sot Chitalada Pusan W12 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) Aug 18 Katsuo Tokashiki Pohang KO9 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) Dec 15 Tadashi Kuramochi Pusan W12 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) 1985 Apr 27 German Torres Ulsan W12 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) Aug 4 Francisco Montiel Seoul W12 (Retaqins WBC Junior Flyweight) Nov 10 Jorge Cano Taejon W12 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) 1986 Apr 13 German Torres Kwangju W12 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) Sep 13 Francisco Montiel Taejon W12 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) Dec 14 Hideyuki Ohashi Inchon KO5 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) 1987 Apr 19 Efrain Pinto Inchon KO6 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) Jun 28 Agustin Garcia Inchon KO10 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) Dec 13 Isidro Perez Taejon W12 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) 1988 Jun 27 Hideyuki Ohashi Tokyo KO8 (Retains WBC Junior Flyweight) 1989 Aug 27 Armando Velasco Pusan W10 Dec 9 Humberto Gonzalez Korea L12 (For WBC Junior Flyweight) 1990 Sep 15 Rico Siodora Koomi KO8 Nov 24 Sot Chitalada Seoul L12 (For WBC Flyweight) 1991 May 18 Muangchai Kittikasem Seoul KOby12