The bout was, on paper, a one sided mismatch with Bellamy the clear favourite given his successes in Japanese rings over the last decade, where he has been a mutli-time champion. He had however been inactive in recent times, with this being just his third bout in 24 months, after fighting just once last year. That inactivity did seem like a problem with Bellamy not able to truly impose himself.
Vega, to his credit, performed out of his skin and met Bellamy in the center of the ring as the two men traded shots through 8 pulsating rounds that saw neither man really back off from the other. It seemed as if Vega was fighting for his career, after being beaten in 2 of his previous 3, and it showed as he continued to fight incredibly hard with Bellamy.
Given how competitive the bout was it was clear the cards were going to be close, though Bellamy did just enough to impress all 3 judges, who gave him the win with scores of 78-76, 77-75 and 77-76.
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