On Friday evening fight fans in South Africa had the opportunity to see two Japan Vs South Africa bouts. The first of those saw Yohei Tobe (10-2-1, 6) [戸部洋平] claim a WBA regional title with a 7th round KO against Luzuko Siyo (15-4, 12). Unfortunately the second bout didn't see the Japanese fighter faring so well, though ht did receive a lot of credit.
That fighter was the very tough and gutsy Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-2-2, 11) [溜田 剛士] who took on former WBA Featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (29-3, 17) and was dominated through out the bout, though managed to last the distance with a gutsy effort.
From the opening stages Vetyeka seemed to be in a different league to Tameda. Not only was "V12" more technically capable than Tameda but he was faster, sharper and more accurate, landing shots almost at will. Tameda, to his credit, tried to come forward and close the distance though time and time against he was caught on the way by the straight shots of Vetyeka, who seemed to be able to do everything but drop Tameda.
At the end of the bout their was no real argument about the winner of the bout, with the fans clearly knowing their guy had it in the bag, but Tameda did receive a lot of credit for his incredible chin, his heart and his toughness with some on twitter describing him as a Japanese rocky with the heart of a Lion. His defensive flaws were on show, but at just 22 years old he has time to come again and the experience may well be a genuinely good one for his development going forward.
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