Kevin Lee Shows His Battle Wounds After Al Iaquinta Beat Down
A packed house in Milwaukee saw a headlining Lightweight battle between old foes Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee. Iaquinta (14-4-1) was looking to desperately make amends for his last loss to the current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov whilst Lee (17-4-0) won his last matchup against Edison Barbosa back in April.
The two had met before, way back as un undercard on Lee’s debut in 2014. After a grueling five rounds, the judges scored the fight heavily in favour of Iaquinta. The Performance of the Night-winning display netted im an additional $50,000 which was not a bad night at the office.
Lee seemed to have the fight in the bag in both rounds two and three, taking things to the mat but not being able to close out the fight despite taking Iaquinta’s back on both occasions. It seems he tired himself out in the process as Iaquinta came back strong to take the fight out, doing as he wished with the hapless Michigan man.
Whilst Lee lost the 5-round encounter by unanimous decision, the 26-year-old was pretty convinced he should have won the fight. Post-fight he said:
“The fight on Saturday, I still feel like we won it. I fought a lot off my back foot as a southpaw and against my natural fighting style. My explosiveness and coming forward and being aggressive. I tried to show something a little too different. Al showed up, he put on a great performance, landed a great shot in the fourth round.
All I can say is: I’m going to be back, I’m still going to be a champ regardless of where it’s at and what it is.”
You have to admire Lee’s resilience and dogged pursuit of his long term goal. But for Lee, the defeat meant many took aim at his cockiness and arrogance. Many helpful suggestions from social media commentators and fellow fighters followed. He had this to say about his journey and justifying his polarising demeanour.
“I beat racism, the system, poverty, and everybody that wanna see me lose for no reason. Fuck being humble.”
Check out the video below where Lee reveals the extent of the damage from a brutal fight from behind his rims.