Park Kwang-cheol (Hangul: 박광철, Hanja:朴光哲), better known by his Japanese name Kotetsu Boku (朴 光哲, Boku Kotetsu), is a Japanese-born South Korean mixed martial artist and kickboxer, competing in the Featherweight division. He has mostly fought in Shooto, where he was the Shooto Lightweight Champion, but has also fought in DREAM, King of the Cage, S-Cup, Cage Force and K-1 HERO'S. Boku is also a former ONE Lightweight Champion.

Kotetsu Boku
Kotetsu Boku.jpg
BornPark Kwang-cheol
(1977-05-27) May 27, 1977 (age 42)
Shizuoka, Japan
Native name朴光哲
박광철
Other namesNo Face, Korean Tiger
NationalityNone (until 2004)
South Korean[1] (since 2004)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
DivisionFeatherweight
Lightweight
Welterweight
Fighting out ofShizuoka, Japan
TeamKrazy Bee
Wajyutsu Keisyukai GODS
Years active2001–present
Kickboxing record
Total4
Wins1
Losses3
Mixed martial arts record
Total42
Wins26
By knockout13
By submission1
By decision12
Losses14
By knockout2
By submission6
By decision6
Draws2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 30, 2011
Korean name
Hangul
박광철
Hanja
Revised RomanizationBak Gwang-cheol
McCune–ReischauerPak Kwang-ch'ŏl

CareerEdit

ShootoEdit

Boku made his professional debut against Dutch fighter Marc Duncan at Shooto: GIG East 7 on November 26, 2001, and won by submission in the second round. He also won his next two fights, against Takuhito Hida and Mitsuo Matsumoto, before losing to Takaharu Murahama at Shooto: Treasure Hunt 6 on May 5, 2002. He won his next fight against Toniko Junior, but again suffered a setback by losing the following two fights against Mitsuhiro Ishida and Kenichiro Togashi. Boku then had another four fights in Shooto, winning all four, before transferring to K-1 Hero's in 2005. He was the Shooto Pacific Rim Welterweight Champion, but vacated his title when he left for K-1 Hero's.[2]

K-1 HERO'SEdit

Boku's K-1 HERO'S debut came against Brazil's former WEC Lightweight Champion Hermes Franca at HERO'S 3 on September 7, 2005, and he won by majority decision. His next, and last, K-1 HERO'S bout took place on August 5, 2006 at HERO'S 6 against Alexandre Franca Nogueira. He also won this, by unanimous decision. After this, Boku returned to Shooto for one fight, a draw against Kenichiro Togashi at Shooto: Back to Our Roots 1. He then joined Greatest Common Multiple in 2007.

Cage ForceEdit

Finland's Jarkko Latomaki was Boku's first opponent in Cage Force. They faced each other at GCM: Cage Force 2 on March 17, 2007, and Boku came away the victor after knocking Latomaki out with an elbow in the first round. He then fought at Cage Force 3, 4 and 5, winning all but one fight which he lost to Artur Oumakhanov. After this, he went into DREAM for one fight. It was a loss to Joachim Hansen at the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Opening Round on March 15, 2008.

Return to ShootoEdit

2009 saw Boku return to Shooto. His first fight was against then-Shooto Lightweight Champion Yusuke Endo in a non-title fight on January 18, and ended in a draw. He then fought Yutaka Ueda, and won, before taking on Endo again in a rematch which was a title-challenge this time. This took place at Revolutionary Exchanges 2 on September 22, and Boku was submitted in the first round. He then took on Yukio Sakaguchi at Revolutionary Exchanges 3 and won by TKO in round 1.[3]

ONE ChampionshipEdit

On September 18 it was announced that Boku had signed with the Singapore-based ONE Championship and would be fighting Zorobabel Moreira for the ONE FC Lightweight Championship at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings.[4] Boku faced Zorobabel Moreira for the inaugural ONE FC Lightweight Championship on October 6, 2012. Boku managed to endure vicious leg kicks throughout the majority of the fight to eventually earn an upset comeback TKO over Moreira early in the third round.

Boku lost his ONE FC Lightweight Championship to Shinya Aoki at ONE Fighting Championship: Kings and Champions on April 5, 2013. Aoki fought to avenge his Evolve MMA teammate Moreira,[5] and forced Boku to submit at 2:01 during round 2 with a rear-naked choke.[6]

Boku faced Arnaud Lepont at ONE FC 14 on March 14, 2014.[7] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Boku is also a tattoo artist and has a tiger[8] and turtle ship tattooed on his torso.[1] He is a vegan.[9]

A Zainichi Korean originally of ancestral Joseon citizenship, Boku acquired South Korean nationality in 2004.[1]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
42 matches 26 wins 14 losses
By knockout 13 2
By submission 1 6
By decision 12 6
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 26–14–2 Thanh Le KO (punches) ONE Championship: Dreams of Gold August 16, 2019 1 1:28 Bangkok , Thailand
Loss 26–13–2 Bruno Pucci Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) ONE Championship: Eternal Glory January 19, 2019 1 3:32 Jakarta, Indonesia
Loss 26–12–2 Christian Lee KO (slam & punches) ONE Championship: Warriors of the World December 9, 2017 1 3:24 Bangkok, Thailand
Win 26–11–2 Eric Kelly TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors August 5, 2017 3 3:27 Macau, China
Win 25–11–2 Timofey Nastyukhin TKO (injury) ONE Championship: Defending Honor November 11, 2016 1 5:00 Sentosa, Singapore
Loss 24–11–2 Jadamba Narantungalag Submission (von flue choke) ONE Championship: Ascent To Power May 6, 2016 3 1:27 Kallang, Singapore
Win 24–10–2 Vincent Latoel TKO (punches and elbows) ONE Championship: Tribe of Warriors February 20, 2016 2 4:04 Jakarta, Indonesia
Win 23–10–2 Major Overall TKO (punch) ONE Championship: Pride of Lions November 13, 2015 2 1:19 Kallang, Singapore
Win 22–10–2 Juntaro Ushiku KO (elbows) Pancrase 67 May 31, 2015 2 4:49 Tokyo, Japan Featherweight debut.
Loss 21–10–2 Eduard Folayang Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes May 2, 2014 3 5:00 Pasay City, Philippines
Win 21–9–2 Arnaud Lepont TKO (punches) ONE Fighting Championship: War of Nations March 14, 2014 1 4:06 Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
Loss 20–9–2 Vuyisile Colossa Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Champions and Warriors September 13, 2013 3 5:00 Jakarta, Indonesia
Loss 20–8–2 Shinya Aoki Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE Fighting Championship: Kings and Champions April 5, 2013 2 2:01 Kallang, Singapore Lost ONE FC Lightweight Championship.
Win 20–7–2 Zorobabel Moreira TKO (punches) ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings October 6, 2012 3 0:31 Kallang, Singapore Won the inaugural ONE FC Lightweight Championship.
Win 19–7–2 Shin Kochiwa KO (punch) Shooto: 8th Round July 16, 2012 1 1:07 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 18–7–2 Kuniyoshi Hironaka Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 3 July 18, 2011 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan For the vacant Shooto Welterweight Championship.
Win 18–6–2 Yukinari Tamura Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 1 January 10, 2011 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–6–2 Yoshihiro Koyama Decision (unanimous) Shooto: The Way of Shooto 3: Like a Tiger, Like a Dragon May 30, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–6–2 Tony Hervey Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Toryumon January 30, 2010 3 5:00 Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Win 15–6–2 Yukio Sakaguchi KO (punch) Shooto: Revolutionary Exchanges 3 November 23, 2009 1 1:54 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–6–2 Yusuke Endo Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: Revolutionary Exchanges 2 September 22, 2009 1 3:17 Tokyo, Japan For the Shooto Welterweight Championship.
Win 14–5–2 Yutaka Ueda TKO (punches) Shooto: Shooto Tradition Final May 10, 2009 1 4:56 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 13–5–2 Yusuke Endo Draw Shooto: Shooto Tradition 5 January 18, 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 13–5–1 Joachim Hansen Decision (unanimous) Dream 1: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round March 15, 2008 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 13–4–1 Artur Oumakhanov Decision (split) GCM: Cage Force 5 December 1, 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–3–1 Eiji Mitsuoka Decision (split) GCM: Cage Force 4 September 8, 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–3–1 David Gardner Decision (unanimous) GCM: Cage Force 3 June 9, 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–3–1 Jarkko Latomaki TKO (elbows) GCM: Cage Force 2 March 17, 2007 1 2:33 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 10–3–1 Kenichiro Togashi Draw Shooto: Back To Our Roots 1 February 17, 2007 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 10–3 Alexandre Franca Nogueira Decision (unanimous) HERO'S 6 August 5, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–3 Hermes França Decision (majority) HERO'S 3 September 7, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–3 Ryan Bow Decision (majority) Shooto: 1/29 in Korakuen Hall January 29, 2005 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won Shooto Pacific Rim Welterweight Championship.
Win 7-3 Takaharu Murahama Decision (Unanimous) Shooto: 9/26 in Kourakuen Hall September 26, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6-3 Kohei Yasumi Decision (unanimous) Shooto 2004: 1/24 in Korakuen Hall January 24, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–3 Naoki Matsushita TKO (punches) Shooto: Gig Central 4 September 21, 2003 2 1:15 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 4–3 Kenichiro Togashi Submission (armbar) Shooto 2003: 6/27 in Hiroshima Sun Plaza June 27, 2003 1 2:48 Hiroshima, Japan
Loss 4–2 Mitsuhiro Ishida Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 2/6 in Kitazawa Town Hall February 6, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–1 Toniko Junior TKO (punches) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 8 July 19, 2002 1 4:50 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 3–1 Takaharu Murahama Submission (kneebar) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 6 May 5, 2002 2 3:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 Mitsuo Matsumoto Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 4 March 13, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Takuhito Hida Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 2 January 25, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Marc Duncan Submission (armbar) Shooto: Gig East 7 November 26, 2001 2 3:15 Tokyo, Japan

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Kickboxing recordEdit

1 Win (0 (T) KO's, 1 decision), 3 Losses
Date Result Record Opponent Event Method Round Time
July 20, 2005 Loss 1-3   Akeomi Nitta K-1 World MAX 2005 Championship Final, Yokohama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
May 4, 2005 Loss 1-2   Sam Stout K-1 World MAX 2005 World Tournament Open, Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00
April 2, 2000 Loss 1-1   Humio Yoshikawa K-2000 Monster Challenge Final, Japan Decision 1 3:00
April 2, 2000 Win 1-0   Hiroki Ryu K-2000 Monster Challenge Semi-Final, Japan Decision 1 2:00

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c http://mfight.co.kr/news/news_view.php?bcode=1&lcode=1&mcode=1&scode=26&code=mfight_board_news&page=1&number=24340&keyfield=&key=
  2. ^ 8/11 K-1 World GP 2009 in Tokyo -Final 16 GP-
  3. ^ 9/22 Shooto Revolutionary Exchanges 2 - 2 Title Fights Announced
  4. ^ http://combat-asia.com/index.php/two-more-title-fights-at-one-fc-rise-of-the-kings-with-zorobabel-moreira-vs-kotetsu-boku-confirmed-and-honorio-banario-vs-bae-young-kwon-rumoured/
  5. ^ Shinya Aoki willing to break bones to get his revenge
  6. ^ ONE FC 8 - Kings and Champions results at Sherdog
  7. ^ "Lepont vs. Boku and Sarmiento vs. Burns Added to ONE FC: War of Nations". mmaweekly.com. January 19, 2014.
  8. ^ MMA fighter Kotetsu Boku's latest tattoo
  9. ^ KOTETSU BOKU: “AOKI IS STRONG… BUT I WILL FIGHT ANYONE!”
  10. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Kotetsu-Boku-1527

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