1987-12-27 Seung-Hoon Lee w pts 15 Jose Sanabria, Indoor Gym, Pohang, South Korea - IBF
1987-12-27 Seung-Hoon Lee w pts 15 Jose Sanabria, Indoor Gym, Pohang, South Korea - IBF. Referee: John Wheeler. Scorecards: 146-141, 147-143, 143-144. Over 15 hard-fought rounds, Lee (122) retained his title when winning the battle of stylists. Both started well with good, probing jabs, and the fight progressed with Lee looking to get inside and Sanabria (122) sticking with jabs and crosses. Sanabria was stronger in the ninth and tenth rounds, but Lee, despite being cut over the left eye late on, swarmed all over his rival in the final two sessions to influence the judges.
After Lee relinquished his IBF version of the title in March 1988 in order to challenge for the WBC crown, Sanabria was signed up to meet Moises Fuentes Rocha to find a successor.