Brandun Lee with spartan attitude before fight against Zachary Ochoa

Brandun Lee has an atypical mindset for a fighter. In an attention-seeking world, Lee is a calm, disciplined boxer who lets his fists do the talking.

Many fighters try their best to garner attention through eye-popping comments and actions or social media, but Brandun Lee is built differently.

Lee (24-0, 22 KOs) is an undefeated boxer with a striking 91 percent KO rating. He’s one of the more entertaining fighters you’ll see, but his personality is the opposite of the status quo.

Muhammad Ali set the bar for pre-fight antics and words. His schtick worked like a charm and made him the most charismatic icon in boxing history.

Ali could fight too. His light footedness and unconventional style were original and bewildering.

Ali backed up his poetically sardonic words with world-class boxing.

Many have tried to emulate Ali’s model, but all lacked wit and skill, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying.

Tyson took things in a different direction in the ’90s. He convincingly played the role of a madman to intimidate opponents and sell tickets.

His approach worked in a way, but also fell flat when his facade was crushed along with him in the loss to the likes of Lennox Lewis. Still, others have adopted Tyson’s script, but they have also fallen.

In a viral social media world, many seek attention without thinking about the future. It worked for Jake Paul, but most others in boxing end up embarrassed after failing to back up their talk.

Watch Brandun Lee vs. Zachary Ocho on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yodenis Ugás April 16 on the Showtime pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET

This is where Lee differs from the others. The 22-year-old super-lightweight from La Quinta, California is a man of few words who lets his in-ring performance do the talking.

“Discipline is a huge factor,” Lee explained to FanSided. “And to be a great fighter. You know, Adrien Broner had a lot of talent. He could easily have become the next big superstar. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the discipline and motivation to stay in the gym.”

Adrien Broner – a four-division world champion whose success has waned due to a chaotic personal and professional life. He is the perfect example of a student of Tyson’s career path.

He’s also Lee’s benchmark for what not to do.

Lee’s career was based on discipline. From an early age, his father, Bobby, instilled in him an uncanny work ethic that is part of Lee’s DNA.

Lee defeated Juan Heraldez by knockout in round 7 in December, but he wasn’t happy with his performance. Most would have praised her handy work, but Lee sees imperfections rather than just the exceptional finish.

“I’d probably give myself a C, C+ for the whole fight,” Lee said. “My dad would probably have given me a, you know, maybe a D. Those little mistakes we made, we corrected them in the gym and you will see April 16.”

Lee is hard on himself. Even harder is his father, who is also his coach.

Maybe that helped Lee’s journey to the top. He was fortunate to have constant guidance on what to do and what not to do.

Lee’s father introduced him to focused discipline from an early age and was a pervasive presence in his life. Bobby tutored Lee in the gym and in life.

To his credit, Lee listened and followed his father’s instructions scrupulously. Lee has internalized these lessons well, which is perhaps why he is the most feared meteor in the super lightweight class.

Lee takes the big stage at AT&T Stadium against Zachary Ochoa on April 16 in the undercard of the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugás Showtime pay-per-view event. It’s a huge opportunity for Lee on the biggest stage of his career, but it’s just another fight for Lee.

“I look at this as another fight,” Lee said.

A simple answer from an exceptional fighter. Brandun Lee with spartan attitude before fight against Zachary Ochoa

John Verrall

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