By Joe Koizumi
WBA#12 feather Retsuri Lee (14-1-1, 8 KOs), 126, absorbed good rights of Thailander Big M Or Boonchuay (10-11, 4 KOs), 123.5, in the first round, but decked him with a well-timed countering right in the closing seconds of the second, and finally floored him again with a left hook following a fusillade of punches en route to a fine TKO win at 1:20 of the third session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Lee, a slick-punching boxer-puncher, had entered the world ratings thanks to his upset triumph over ex-OPBF ruler Hiroyuki Enoki this July, and it was his first appearance since. Though less fast and sharp than his Enoki bout, Lee battered the game Thailander almost at will from the second onward to hurt him effectively with solid combinations upstairs and downstairs. Lee will have a mandatory shot at the Japanese 126-pound throne against Naoki Matsuda in the annual Carnival of Champions (where all national champs are obliged to make a mandatory defense against top contenders) next spring.
Promoter: Yokohama Hikari Promotions.
Remarks: Lee is a Japan-based Korean born here, and his name is pronounced Ryol-Li Lee, but he himself wishes to have his name called Retsuri Lee in the Japanese language. This spelling was also confirmed by the JBC.