By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Only once beaten Japanese welterweight, IBF #11 Yoshihiro Kamegai (23-1-1, 20 KOs), 146.75, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF 147-pound belt as he carefully probed the aggressive style of OPBF#1 and PABA champ Tim Hunt (16-4, 6 KOs), 146.5, from Australia, in the first three sessions, accelerated his body bombardments and finally flattened him with a flurry of punches en route to a fine TKO win at 0:53 of the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a competitive game since the outstanding welterweights of the two countries hotly squared off by displaying what each had—Hunt’s quick combinations and Kamegai’s effective body attacks.
Hunt, who had gained the PABA (Pan Asian Boxing Association) welterweight belt this April, was ambitious to win another regional belt, and finely showed his opening attack to the still cautious and defensive Japanese. The busy-punching Australian was in command in the first three sessions by positively doubling up jabs and landing straight rights to the peek-a-boo stylist.
Kamegai, in round four, turned aggressive and connected with persistent body shots to the solar plexus and apparently weakened the aggressor, throwing a solid right to the face to drop Hunt on the canvas. The Australian youngster had a narrow escape with the bell.
The skillful Japanese was all out to finish the affair as the fifth round started, and caught Hunt again with body punches and followed up with a solid right to the face. Hunt fell prone with the referee Tsuchiya’s prompt intervention.
Kamegai had suffered his career-fist setback at the hand of Johan Perez in his previous bout at the Home Depot Center at Carson, California, this June, and it was his comeback go with his pride and future at stake. He looked sharp and strong, but had better lead with more jabs to improve his arsenal. Hunt strongly wished to have a rematch with the newly crowned OPBF ruler Kamegai.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.