By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Ryol-li Lee (AKA Retsuri Lee; 13-1-1, 7 KOs), 125.25, a Japan-based Korean, scored a stunning upset victory as he kept moving well and effectively countered WBA#8 ex-world challenger Hiroyuki Enoki (28-2-2, 20 KOs), 126, winning a split but well-received decision (97-93, 97-94 and 95-97) over ten heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the WBA feather belt from Indonesian Chris John via hard-fought unanimous decision last October, Enoki engaged in his second comebacking bout after his third-round demolition of Indonesian national champ Aldi Diego this March.
Enoki, a prohibitive favorite, might have underestimated Lee and taken him lightly, but was terribly slow and out of timing against the slick-punching footworker. Ex-OPBF champ Enoki kept going forward without throwing his trademark jabs only to absorb Lee’s countering rights. The sixth saw Lee pin Enoki to the ropes with a flurry of punches, dominating the round despite the latter’s less effective retaliation. It was just in the seventh that Enoki began to warm up his engine, and was clearly in command in the tenth and final session, which was too late for the ex-champ to overcome his early deficits on points.
Promoter: Kadoebi Jewel Promotions.