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Kameda keeps WBA 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Rene Pérez

WBA bantamweight champ, southpaw Japanese Koki Kameda (31-1, 17 KOs), 118, easily kept his belt as he kept stalking negative Filipino John Mark Apolinario (17-3-2, 4 KOs), 118, and floored him twice, winning a unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Tuesday on Tokyo, Japan.

Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) saw the lopsided affair 117-109, Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) had it 118-108, and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) tallied the most generous score for the champ, 119-107, all in favor of Kameda.

Apolinario, three years his junior at 23, showed his aggressiveness only in early rounds. After Kameda aimed at his breadbasket, he began retreating all the way to avert the champ’s body attack. Kameda maintained the pressure, steadily piling up points with ease. The eighth saw Kameda connect with a southpaw right hook that had Apolinario kneel down, though he didn’t actually get hurt so much. The twelfth and last session witnessed Kameda turn loose and send him reeling to the ropes with solid combinations, when referee Gustavo Padilla (Panama) counted the mandatory eight. Apolinario might have forgotten to bring his heart from the Philippines, but Kameda displayed a positive performance.

Promoter: Kameda Promotions.

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