They say that boxing is about levels and it's fair to say that that was shown to be true on July 21st 2014 when South Korea's very good Jaesung Lee found out he was a good level behind Japan's Shingo Wake.
Wake went into this bout as the defending OPBF Super Bantamweight champion, a man on the verge of a world title fight and as a man who was proving to be a very talented, slippery and somewhat under-rated boxer with more power than his record indicated. Lee on the other hand was the #1 contender to Wake's throne and a man who had a good record against Japanese fighters, in fact Lee had beaten Takuya Watanabe just a few months earlier in a genuine bloodbath.
The fight saw the champion proving his trickery early in and in the opening round Lee had clear problems laying a glove on Wake. In fact Lee's most notable connect was with his head late in the round. In the second round another clash of heads occurred though by then Wake was getting into his groove landing sharp combinations and making Lee miss, often wildly. Again Lee's most notable success was a headclash very late in the round which appeared to bother Wake, from then on Wake seemed intent on punishing Lee.
As the fight went on Wake became more and more spiteful with his shots whilst Lee was tiring notable thou continued to show his Korean spirit by coming forward and often being forced to eat hard shots including a flurry in round 9 that sent the Korean through the ropes. To Lee's credit he continued though not for long and he was stopped the following round.
After the fight Wake indicated he would be chasing a world title in his very next contest, though those comments don't appear on this video, sadly.
(The footage is courtesy of aka0113)
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