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Early Weekend Results: Lee defeats Poonsawat, Barrios rusty in win

Tokyo, Japan

Ryol Li Lee UD12 Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym - In a relatively major upset, Lee was able to counterpunch Poonsawat to a unanimous decision in Japan.  Poonsawat fought aggressively, reportedly throwing twice as many punches as Lee while coming forward, but Lee was able to put his reach advantage to good use, landing the more accurate punches from outside of Poonsawat's range.  Lee takes home a title at 122 pounds, where he'd moved down specifically for the fight.  While Poonsawat reportedly looked good and Lee fought moving backwards and without aggression, his accuracy carried the day in the judges' eyes.

Corrientes, Argentina

Jorge Barrios UD10 Wilson Alcorro - Barrios managed a comeback win while putting in a boring and lackadaisical performance against Colombian journeyman Alcorro.  La Hiena was fighting for the first time since being involved in a fatal car crash and didn't look particularly sharp.  Barrios was aggressive, but somewhat wild, fighting in spurts and completely abandoning his jab.  As a result, he couldn't knock out a guy who had been knocked out four times before, mostly at lower weights.

Hector Saldivia TKO3 Jailton de Jesus Souza - Saldivia, who was upset in a first round knockout loss against Said Ouali on the Mayweather-Mosley undercard, scored a relatively easy victory against an unproven Brazilian opponent.  While the two fought even for the first couple rounds, Saldivia turned up the gas in the third, forcing Souza's corner to throw in the towel while under a barrage of punches.

Santa Ynez, California

Tim Coleman KO3 Patrick Lopez - Coleman looked sharp in beating former Olympian Lopez, being the clearly more aggressive and more talented man.  After knocking down Lopez in the second round, he landed a massive uppercut in the third that knocked Lopez down, and he wasn't able to stop stumbling around before the count of 10.  This was only Coleman's second fight at 140 and his first under the tutelage of Roger Mayweather, and he looked much better this time out than he did in his last fight against Mike Arnaoutis.  It was also only Coleman's fifth career knockout.

Archie Ray Marquez TKO3 Juan Santiago - Marquez is looking to become Albuquerque's next action fighter, and he didn't disappoint in this one.  After a questionable point deduction for a low blow in the second, he turned up the heat, scoring a knockdown at the end of the round.  He came right back out aggressive in the third, forcing a stoppage after pinning Santiago against the ropes.

Victoria, Australia

Serge Yannick UD12 Joseph Kwadjo - Kwadjo recently scored a major upset when he had a come from behind knockout victory over Jamie Pittman, but he had no such luck against Yannick.  Yannick wins a regional title with this one, and he's been pushed quickly.

Los Angeles, California

Jesse Vargas KO1 Pablo Sarimiento - The 2008 Mexican Olympian (even though he's American) scored a quick knockout over his opponent in a fight presumably intended to be a step up.  Vargas looks sharp, and Golden Boy has high hopes for him, but it's hard to tell much about how good he might be until he's in there with an opponent who can both stay on his feet and fight back.

Anthony Martinez KO1 Ronnie Peterson - Martinez had a three-year prison imposed sabbatical from boxing, but he's come back strong in three fights over the last two months.  Peterson had already been knocked out in the first round by phenoms Jose Benavidez Jr. and Frankie Gomez, but Martinez got there about two minutes faster, stopping Peterson on a body shot that paralyzed him.

Marcus Robinson SD4 Salvador Rios - Robinson, a fighter making his pro debut with little amateur experience, scored a minor upset in the best fight of the night against Rios, prospect Ronny Rios's younger brother.  While it wasn't on the level of Luna-Luna or Okada-Arroyo or some other four round wars this year, it wasn't a bad little fight, and may be worth checking out on Golden Boy's ustream channel, where the entire card was recorded.

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