Lee Sang-yub recruits Kim So-hye in My Lovely Boxer
It’s a promotional party for KBS’s upcoming sports drama My Lovely Boxer, which has just released two teasers hot on the heels of its character stills. Based on a novel of the same name, the drama is shaping up to be a comforting tale about self-discovery and second chances.
Lee Sang-yub (Eve) headlines as the sports agent Kim Tae-young, who’s infamous for his callous methods of recruiting talented athletes and working them to the bone before they retire. In Tae-young’s eyes, nothing is more important than his athletes’ fame and the money they’ll rake in. To resolve a sticky situation that one of his clients has gotten into, Tae-young takes on the task of recruiting a famous boxer.
There’s just one problem — that boxer is Lee Kwon-sook, who’s fallen off the radar for the past three years. Played by Kim So-hye (Her Bucket List), the talented Kwon-sook rose to fame at the young age of seventeen. Her athletic aptitude and boxing prowess earned her much awe and adulation, but right before achieving a career grand slam, she abruptly disappeared without a trace.
When Tae-young finds Kwon-sook, she’s already carved out a new life for herself, having left her boxing days behind her. It isn’t clear why Kwon-sook renounced her athletic career, but the drama’s second teaser gives us a hint of her innermost thoughts. “Boxing scares me,” Kwon-sook admits. “Still, I’ll win today’s match.”
We don’t see the rest of the cast yet, but we have Winner’s Kim Jin-woo playing Kwon-sook’s first love, and Park Ji-hwan (Our Blues) as a sports gambling operator. Oh no, that last role has me worried — perhaps that might explain Kwon-sook’s sudden vanishing?
Helmed by PD Choi Sang-yeol and writer Kim Min-ju, who previously collaborated on Let Me Hear Your Song, My Lovely Boxer premieres on August 21.