By Joe Koizumi
WBA bantamweight champ Koki Kameda (32-1, 17 KOs), 118, very barely kept his belt as he was awarded a highly controversial split decision over #14 Korean Jung-Oh Son (20-5-2, 6 KOs), 117.75, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Cheju, Korea.
The scorecards were as follows: Carla Caiz (US) 114.5-114, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 115-112, both for Kameda, Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) 115.5-113.5 for Son. The referee was Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand).
Kameda made a good start, but Son became aggressive as the contest progressed. It was Kameda that suffered a sole knockdown in the contest midway in round ten. Son fought much better than people had expected.
(More to come)