During the 1980's Korean fighters really were among the most entertaining and the most notable, with a host of top fighters coming from the country. One who wasn't elite was Seung Soon Lee who managed to get his biggest fight on this day in 1989, and was unfortunately taken out in one of the shortest Welterweight title fights in history.
The then 27 year old Lee travelled to the US, for his second bout in the country, to fight in the legendary Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. At the time Lee was 31-2 (23) and on paper had a respectable record with a notable win over former world title challenger Jun-Suk Hwang and had been the Korean and OPBF champion. Unfortunately for Lee he was being matched with Mark Breland, who was then 22-1-1 (15). Breland had been one of the greatest amateurs of all time, was a former world champion and was looking to become a 2-time champion.
Breland was a man looking to prove a point and it showed. Within seconds Breland was finding Lee with power shots and although Lee was firing back Breland wasn't letting off. Lee was down incredibly early on and despite getting back to his feet a follow up from Breland forced the referee to half the contest.
Sadly for Lee he would fight just once more after this bout, losing to losing in a rematch to Jun-Suk Hwang, before retiring with a record of 31-4 (23). Breland on the other hand would defend the belt 4 times before losing to Aaron Davis in 1990. He would fight through until losing to Jorge Vaca in 1991 before retiring. He would then go on to have a 5 fight comeback in 1996-1997, before hanging up the gloves with a record of 35-3-1 (25)
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