I thought we would go to extra rounds, but the results were unexpected and that is frustrating. I have learned many things in this match and have gained confidence that I will do better next time, said Choi Hong-man after losing an unanimous decision against K-1 defending champion Remy Bonjasky on November 19 at the Tokyo Dome. The elimination took place in the quarterfinals of the K-1 World Grand Prix, a fighting tourney, and Choi said that he got accustomed to K-1 in a game against a strong opponent.
Fighter loses after a close fight
I prepared a lot, but I think that I only used 50 percent of what Ive got. Although my winning streak is over, I hope that my fans would judge me on the match rather than the result of the match.
How does fighting Bonjasky feel?
I tried not to get anxious because he is the defending champion, but it did get on my nerves. Honestly, at first I was scared, but when I actually took him on, I had a chance. His low kicks did not have much of an impact on me.
What do you think is the reason for your loss?
I tried to use the knee kick at close range, but Bonjasky did not give me the opportunity, and blocked me from using it. I had the impression he is a smart fighter.
Chois bout against Bonjasky set an all-time record for cable TV ratings. MBC-ESPN, which broadcast the match live, had a rating of 22.78 percent at 5:52 p.m. when Choi was fighting. This number is far greater than the 15.73 percent rating that Chois match against Bob Sapp recorded on September 23.