By Joe Koizumi
WBA flyweight champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-1, 20 KOs), 112, Thailand, successfully retained his belt as he cleverly kept his distance to batter the belly of 20-year-old Japanese challenger Daiki Kameda (15-2, 11 KOs), 112, throughout the contest and withstood the youngster’s retaliation down the stretch to be awarded a majority but well-received decision over twelve monotonous rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The 33-year-old Thai veteran registered his second defense since he dethroned Takefumi Sakata via pulverizing second-round demolition in Japan last December.
The official tallies were as follows: Levi Martinez (US) and Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) both 115-113 for Denkaosen, and Sergio Caiz (US) 114-114. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US).
It seemed obvious that Denkaosen was the winner in terms of effectiveness in punching and cleverness in controlling the contest. The champ took the initiative from the outset, aiming at the breadbasket of the peek-a-boo stylist. The champ dominated the first five rounds as he kept jabbing and landing long right hooks exclusively to the side of the belly. Kameda attempted to go forward without throwing jabs, but failed to connect with any effective shots to the elusive champ, missing his trademark left hooks.
The sixth saw Kameda turn loose with solid combinations, while the champ utilized his footwork and jabs to keep his distance. It was Denkaosen that was in command in rounds seven and eight, when he repeatedly connected with looping rights to the body and cleverly grabbed the challenger to prevent him from throwing strong left hooks.
Kameda took the ninth as he turned aggressive with left hooks to the belly and the face, as the champ became visibly fading only to repeat clinching. Encouraged by his cornermen, the champ barely won another point by throwing jabs and roundhouse rights to the onrushing challenger. The youngster desperately went boring in with looping left hooks, but Denkaosen grabbed him to avert his follow-up attack and occasionally landed few counters.
It was a clinch-studded lousy fight. Kameda revealed his lack of experience and finesse against the cagy and clever champ. It was Kameda’s serious mistake that he seldom threw any leading jabs before throwing strong shots to the champ. Especially in earlier rounds Kameda was less aggressive only to block the champ’s positive rallies and allowed Denkaosen to accumulate the points with ease. However, even though it was a sort of strategy, the champ displayed too many clinches to keep the hard-hitting challenger from unleashing solid left hooks in later rounds.
Kameda had been suspended for a year as he roughly threw WBC flyweight champ Daisuke Naito and frequently repeated disgraceful fouls in his first attempt to win the belt in October 2007. After he came back to the squared circle, he scored five wins over smaller overmatched opponents, but he apparently seemed to have outgrown the 112-pound category and fought all at or over the 115-pound limit. His severe reduction may account for his lack of usual zip, which caused his second failure to acquire the world throne.
WBA supervisor: Alan Kim (Korea).
Promoter: Kameda Promotions.