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Samuel Teah: I’m not just coming to survive against Brandun Lee

Teah will square off with Lee in this weekend’s ShoBox main event.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Samuel Teah is all squared away to take on Brandun Lee this Saturday in ShoBox’s main event with both fighters making the junior welterweight limit yesterday. And after the official weigh-in Teah tells reporters that although he wasn’t too familiar with Lee prior to their fight being made, he’s made sure to get up to speed since. Teah says he won’t be coming into the fight simply looking to make it to the final bell and thinks he can offer the kind of resistance that Lee has yet to encounter.

Samuel Teah

“Since the fight came together, I’ve familiarized myself with Lee but prior to that I wasn’t too familiar with him. On paper, he would be the best prospect I’ve faced but skills-wise, you never know until you get in there with him. Plus, I’m in a different skill level in my career now than when I fought some of the other top prospects like Montana Love, so I kind of look at the opposition differently now.

“We’re not going to discredit the knockouts that he has, but at the end of the day pretty much all of those guys just came in the ring to survive. I’m not going in there just to survive. He hasn’t faced anybody like me and I’ve faced much higher quality opposition. He’ll realize the quality in me is far greater than everybody he has faced.

“I can show him a lot that he hasn’t seen before in the ring. The last fight that he had, he fought a guy that went in there with a mindset that he wasn’t going to give any respect to the fact that Brandun Lee has a great record with a bunch of KOs in a row. He came in there and in my opinion, he beat the breaks off him in the second round. The stop was premature and quite frankly I don’t think Lee has been in front of anybody who has a jab like mine.

“A win in this fight would mean everything. I feel like beating Sonny Fredrickson was great for my career, but because of the fact that it wasn’t televised and it happened at a charity event, it kind of flew under the radar and got swept under the rug. This caliber of win on national TV would catapult my career to a whole different level.”

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