Brandun Lee made his toughest test yet as a pro boxer look easy Wednesday night, knocking out Samuel Teah in the third round of their junior welterweight title fight at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Lee (22-0, 20 KOs) knocked down Teah early in the third round with a chopping right hand after a flurry of punches. He then got the veteran trapped on the ropes, kept up the barrage of punches and finished the night early by rocking Teah's jaw with a textbook right hook.
Showtime Boxing has the highlight:
Compubox's Dan Canobbio felt the knockout was one of the best of the year so far:
Lee extended his knockout streak to 13 fights. The California native now holds the IBO intercontinental junior welterweight title, his first piece of hardware as a professional. The 21-year-old has spent most of his career fighting above 140 pounds, but he's now shown that he can maintain his power in a lower weight class.
Teah (17-4-1, 7 KOs), a tough veteran boxer out of Philadelphia, offered the young prospect some solid resistance in the first couple of rounds, standing his ground and trading in the center of the ring. Lee stayed calm and didn't get into any vulnerable positions. He used his jab to keep Teah from coming forward and followed up with accurate power shots.
Even when Teah landed some good body shots, Lee didn't waver. He maintained his focus and control, and it paid off in the third round when his heavy hands proved too much for the 33-year-old Teah to handle.
Boxing journalist Dan Rafael noted Lee was the first person ever to send Teah to the canvas:
After yet another quick night for Lee—he hasn't gone past four rounds in his professional career and has only gone to the judges twice—ESPN's Steve Kim pointed out there's still a big question for the rising star:
Lee will get a chance to show just how far he can take his obvious talents. Teah was his most accomplished opponent by far. The competition will only get stiffer from here on out now that he has a title. If Lee can sharpen his technique and keep his composure against tougher fighters, he has a bright future ahead of him.