By Joe Koizumi
WBC interim flyweight champ Pongsaklek Wongjongkam (75-3-1, 39 KOs), 111.5, Thailand, unified the WBC 112-pound belts as he convincingly and impressively defeated previously unbeaten WBC full champ Koki Kameda (22-1, 14 KOs), 112, by a majority but well-received decision (116-112, 115-112 and 114-114) over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
Unbeaten Thailander Oleydong Sithsamerchai (38-0, 13 KOs), 103.75, very barely kept his WBC 105-pound belt by a hairline unanimous verdict (113-112, 114-113 and 114-112) as Japanese challenger Yasutaka Kuroki (23-4-1, 15 KOs), 105, kept stalking him all the way though receiving occasional counters, finally dropped the champ with a solid combination in the eleventh and had him at bay in the final session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It wasn’t a technically excellent fight, as Oleydong kept backpedaling and Kuroki kept hitting the air rather than the opponent, sometimes absorbing the champ’s counters. But as the champ visibly began fading and slowing down from the eighth, it was all Kuroki. The champ was penalized a point because of his repeated clinches in round ten. He hit the deck in the eleventh, and absorbed a very solid left of Kuroki in the final stanza to have a narrow escape. Kuroki may deserve a rematch. (More to come)
WBC female atomweight champ Momo Koseki (7-0, 2 KOs), 101.75, a Japanese southpaw, kept her belt as she kept throwing light but busy combinations all night and pounded out a unanimous decision (99-91 and 98-92 twice) over Korean Gunjoo Shin (3-0-1, 1 KO), 101, over ten speedy frames on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Koseki, 27, displayed her sharper hands and dominated the contest with a volume of her combinations, steadily piling up points. Shin, 21, sometimes scored with straight rights, but lacked convincing power to capture the belt from the champ. The referee was Yuji Fukuchi (Japan). Promoter: Miyata Promotions.