January 16th 2004-Culture Hall, Muju, South Korea
Jaesung Lee (1-0) Vs Young Keun Um (0-0)
On January 16th 2004 Korean fans had the chance to see the second professional bout of the relatively significant Jaesung Lee, who would later challenger for an OPBF title. Here he is facing debutant Young Keun Um.
October 7th 2006-Goyang City, South Korea
Jaesung Lee (5-0, 2) vs Min Sung Lee (9-2-2, 2)
In October 2006 Korean fans saw Jaesung Lee challenge Korean Super Bantamweight champion Min Sung Lee, who was looking to make his second defense of the title.
February 14th 2004-Culture Hall, Muju, South Korea
Jaesung Lee (3-0, 2) vs Dong-Jin Ha (0-0)
Back in 2004 Korean fighters Jaesung Lee and Dong Jin Ha faced off in a Korean Rookie of the Year bout.
February 27th 2011-Gymnasium, Mungyeong, South Korea
Jaesung Lee (10-3-1, 7) vs Rey Laspinas (11-3-4, 7)
In 2011 Korean "Hitman" Jaesung Lee [이재성] battled against Rey Laspinas in a bout for the IBF Pan Pacific Super Bantamweight title.
March 14th 2015- A.K. Sports Center, Chonburi, Thailand
Jaseung Lee (17-4-2, 9) Vs Angelito Merin (8-6-3, 2)*
AK Boxing have struggled with bouts taking place in Korea so have taken their shows on the road to Thailand and have began to pick up traction. One of the recent bouts in Thailand saw Jaesung Lee, one of the more well known Korean fighters, battle against Filipino "Rivera AK Gym", who was later revealed, by AK themselves, to be Angelito Merin a controversial Filipino fighter who made headlines a month before this bout for fighting in illegal bouts in Thailand.
*Note at the time of publishing boxrec.com do not list Rivera as being Merin like they do with a previous bout Merin fought as "Chapitio Rivera".
(Video courtesy of AK promotions)
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)
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)
It's not often we can describe bouts as “blood baths” but the encounter between Jaesung Lee and Takuya Watanabe from March 16th 2014 certainly does fulfil all the conditions of a blood bath courtesy of a nasty cut suffered by Watanabe in round 2. The cut, which was opened on the top of his head bled, and bled, and bled. It resulted in blood not just covering his face but also the shots of Lee, which at the end of the fight were red, parts of the ring and Lee.
Despite the blood Watanabe fought a brave fight and really gave fans some fantastic action in a fight that could really described as a "sloppy but action packed". Neither man possessed real developed skills, neither man seemed to care too much about defence and instead they just put one of the most fun to watch fights of the year several round of the year contenders, including the 9th round which was great fun to watch as well as the final minute of round 5.
We know Korean boxing is a shadow of it's former self but with fights as exciting as this being shown on Korean TV we really hope someone in the country can be inspired to pick up the sport and make a name for themselves. Sure the skill lacks, tough out the fight but with so much action, heart and bravery we cannot really complain about the sloppiness of the two men.
Enjoy what we are dubbing "the bloodiest fight of 2014"
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