On June 8, 2018, Mike Lee (21-0, 11 KOs) defeated Jose Hernandez (19-4-1, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision. The scorecards were all in favor of Lee, 97-93.
Lee battered and bloodied Hernandez for 10 rounds behind his jab and straight right-hand combination, which was trouble for Hernandez all night.
The first round was all Mike Lee and he continued to put the pressure on Hernandez in the second, wobbling the challenger.
Lee hurt Hernandez on multiple occasions throughout the fight with flurries of right hands, ultimately coming up short of a knockout.
Lee is now currently ranked No. 3 by the WBO and No. 11 by the WBA. He will continue to push for a title shot, with his best chance being the WBO title.
Lee has yet to have a fight with a big name in the division and should try to get a fight that will put his name alongside the top names of the Light Heavyweight division.
A fight with either Anthony Yarde (15-0, 14 KOs) or Marcus Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) makes the most sense. Yarde is No. 2, while Browne is No. 1 in the WBO rankings. Lee will be in search of a title fight, or a fight that will earn him the mandatory status.
WBO Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev has a fight scheduled with Eleider Alvarez on August 4.
The Light Heavyweight division is one of the deepest in boxing and with a win over a top name in the near future, we may be able to add Mike Lee to the list of threats in the division.