Ahead of his OPBF Super Bantamweight title challenge against Shingo Wake we described South Korea's Jaesung Lee as a man who "has real sting in his right hand". Whilst we partly said that due to his knock down of the tough Takuya Watanabe we also said it due to the way he finished off Akihiro Matsumoto back on December 11th 2011.
Going in to this bout Lee was generally viewed as not being very good. He had gone 3-3-1 in his previous 7 and was not expected to beat Matsumoto who had never been stopped and was a promising fighter with a 9-2 record. What we ended up having however was one of the most perfect introductions to a new audience a fighter could hope for. Around a minute into the fight Lee landed one of his under-rated right hands and sent Matsumoto down hard, the Japanese fighter did recover his feet before falling over and then being stopped.
Even after the stoppage Matsumoto looked to be on wobbly legs. Sadly for him his career has faltered significantly since then and he is now 12-5-1 suggesting that his early potential will never fulfilled. Lee on the other hand is putting final touches towards an OPBF title fight that could launch him to a life changing opportunity. Since this fight it's turned out Lee is actually a pretty good fighter and he has gone on to win 5 of his following 6 bouts to set up his OPBF title opportunity.
If you've not yet seen Lee we'd advise as a short and cheerful introduction to the Korean ahead of his fight with Wake on July 21st. Following this we suggest you give his bloodbath with Watanabe a watch, it's bloody and great.
(Video courtesy of SPELV SUPERSINDO)
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