'He's a marquee fighter': Logan Yoon's meteoric rise in boxing continues

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's been a long time since Logan Yoon experienced defeat inside the boxing ring. In fact, he said he doesn't even remember what losing feels like.

"Nah, I ain't choosing it to remember it either," Yoon said with a laugh.

The taste of defeat is not something Yoon has stomached since turning professional less than a year ago. After posting a 100-11 amateur record, including a bronze medal in the Junior Olympics, Yoon has gone 10-0 as a pro, recording 10 KO's in the process.

"I call myself a boxer-puncher - little bit of boxing and I've always had that, if I want to finish people, then I can go in and do the job," Yoon said.

Gifted with one-punch power from a young age, it didn't take long for the 19-year-old Hawaii native to make a name for himself in the pro ranks.

The last time Hawaii News Now spoke with Yoon was June 2017, when he 2-0. Since then, Yoon has done his best to stay active, fighting eight times in the span of 7 months after picking up his 10th victory back in January.

The key to staying active? Discipline - in the ring and out.

"We try to get a fight every other month, almost every month we try to get one. It's incredibly important. Always making sure the body's hydrated and healthy, no injuries," Yoon said. "Can't take any unnecessary or do any unnecessary things to get injured. I'm always keeping my mind on the training and staying strictly disciplined."

When he's not in camp, Yoon trains out of Palolo Boxing Club in Honolulu. But more recently, he's been perfecting his craft at their promoter's Heavyweight Factory Gym in Miami.

"There's always expectations on me," he said. "Just always trying to make sure that nobody works harder than me. Just making sure that I'm always working the hardest I can to make sure that I'm the best I can be."

Despite working out of the Heavyweight Factory Gym, Yoon is not the next coming of his mentors and former heavyweight champions Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield.

Yoon fights at welterweight at the moment and will be fighting for the IBF Youth Welterweight World Championship tomorrow against Juan Carlos Salgado (27-7-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round fight at the "Rumble at the Rock" event at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Fighting so often, Yoon doesn't have much time to study and analyze his opposition. But what he does know is that Salgado is a game opponent, which suits Yoon's style to a tee.

"He's a good opponent. I like his style," he said. "We're just going to make a game plan and make sure we can neutralize anything he can do."

Yoon has been molded by his father, George, into the boxer he is today.

George and Logan's father-son, trainer-boxer relationship isn't hostile like Floyd Mayweather's was with his father. Instead, it's more of a Vasyl Lomachenko dynamic, with his father bringing the best out of him every time they strap on the gloves and pads.

"My dad's always been feeding me that idea of just imagine yourself fighting for that world title and I've always just imagined that and I've always put in the work to get there," Logan said. "I just look at them (other boxers). I can always learn from their mistakes and make sure I don't make the same mistakes and make sure my career is going in the same way."

A proud father, George emphasizes the importance of letting his son be his own man as he leaves his teenage years behind him. And when it comes to training, there is a mutual respect between father and son which allows Logan to flourish.

Logan isn't an opponent anymore - he's a marquee fighter," George said. "He'll never go in as an opponent. He's a promoted fighter. He's not a fill-in guy anymore. He's basically what you call a prizefighter now."

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