Actress Lee Si-young will compete for a spot on the national team in a fight against Kim Da-som of Suwon in the final for the women's 48-kg category at the National Amateur Boxing Championships, which will take place in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, next week.
Lee picked up boxing while preparing for a role as a boxer in a 2010 TV drama and kept it up as a hobby. She drew attention after becoming a champion at an amateur boxing match among rookie boxers in 2011 and joined the boxing team of Incheon City in January.
If Lee wins the final next week, she will be the first actress to be a national boxing athlete in Korea and represent the country at international competitions for a year.
But even so, she will not be able to compete in the Incheon Asian Games next year because the 48-kg class is not part of the competition.
Lee plans to make herself eligible for the slightly heavier flyweight 51-kg class and compete at the National Sports Festival in October and in tryouts for the Asian Games in December.