Bronze Medal Veteran Boxer Jeong Jae-min’s Last Request

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to Nov 7, 2025 hours 11:24 (UTC +09:00)


[Asian Games] Bronze Medal Veteran Boxer Jeong Jae-min’s ‘Last Request’… “If you Pay a Little Attention”

“This will be the last Asian Games… If you support us, Korean boxing will bounce back.”

“The people may be disappointed because the results are not so good right now, but I have no doubt that with just a little support, we will bounce back.”

Jeong Jae-min (Namwon City Hall), who won the only medal for Korean boxing at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, said this is the last Asian Games. 

I have a hunch.

Jae-min Jeong, born in 1988, is in his mid-30s, so it's not easy to make promises about what's next.

Jeong Jae-min lost to Tajikistan's Davlat Boltaev by unanimous decision in the men's 92kg boxing semifinals at a tournament held at the Hangzhou Gymnasium in Zhejiang Province, China, on the afternoon of the 1st.

In this boxing competition, there was no separate match for third place, so the bronze medal went to Jeong Jae-min, who advanced to the semifinals.

It has been nine years since the 2014 Incheon Games that an Asian Games medal was won in men's boxing.

I secretly dreamed of making it to the finals to aim for gold and silver medals, but it wasn't possible.

The opponent, Voltaev, was a powerhouse who took 5th place at the 
World Boxing Championships held last March, and showed off his superior skills throughout the 3rd round.

Jeong Jae-min, after the game, said, "It's so disappointing.

I wanted to repay the people with a positive attitude, but I'm so disappointed today."

At the same time, he said, “In fact, he is a veteran of the national team.

“This will be my last Asian Games,” he said. “I don’t think I will be able to return to the national team anymore.”

He added, “The juniors will do well and make boxing shine again.”

The bronze medal won by Jae-min Jeong is the first medal won by the Korean boxing team in this competition.

In addition, he won the medal in two competitions, including the 2018 Jakarta and Palembang competitions just before.

It is also my second medal.

Leading athlete 
Oh Yeon-ji (Ulsan Metropolitan City Sports Council) won the gold medal in the women's 60kg class at the 2018 Games, which was her last medal.

At that time, no player won a silver or bronze medal, and until the news of Jeong Jae-min's bronze medal was heard, there was no news at this competition.

The situation is quite different from the past, when boxing was once a 'big name' sport that swept multiple medals at the Olympics and Asian Games.

There are three Olympic boxing gold medals in history, and a whopping 60 gold medals were won at the Asian Games.

Jeong Jae-min said, "I had a strange feeling since yesterday.

In fact, I was physically inferior to my younger siblings, so I doubted whether it would be okay if I won a medal."

He added, "The manager and coach gave me strength and said, 'I can do it.'

Thanks to you.

“I received a valuable gift at the end,” he said with a smile.

Jaemin Jeong believes in the rebound of Korean boxing, which is in a recession.

Jeong Jae-min said, "There was almost no broadcasting in this competition.

This could be said to be a disappointment for an unpopular event, but I also thought to myself, 'Is it because there was no medal?'" and "Still, I think it ended well."

He continued, “If the public pays just a little bit of attention, I’m sure we will bounce back to some extent, although not as much as when the old seniors were around.”

He added, “There are a lot of young people who are doing really well.

These guys would really like it if you paid just a little bit of attention to them.”

“He said emphatically.

At the same time, he said, "I just ask for your support.

If you give us energy, our players will work really hard."

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