Japanese world champions went 1-1 earlier today at the Tokyo Big Site as "Kameda Promotions" put on show in the Japanese capital.
The main event, televised live on TBS saw WBA Bantamweight champion Koki Kameda (31-1, 17) successfully retain his title by defeating the limited Filipino challenger John Mark Apolinario (17-3-3, 4). Apolinario unfortunately looked out gunned, out skilled and out thought from the opening bell as Koki put him under controlled pressure and the challenger simply had no answer. Unfortunately the Filipino failed to even make it look like he was trying to win and often just stood with his back against the ropes trying to block Koki's offensive work.
Although Koki looked to be getting back to his confident self this really was a mismatch and we wonder how Koki will cope when he has to face a genuine live opponent again.
Rather surprisingly the co-feature saw an upset as Mexican Anabel Ortiz (12-3, 2) dethroned the long reigning WBA female Minimuweight champion defeating the previously unbeaten Etsuka Tada (12-1-2, 2). Tada, who had been the champion for more than 4 years, looked slightly flat whilst Ortiz looked inspired and claimed a well deserved split decision for the title belt.
Following this loss we would expect to see Tada either retire or move up to Light Flyweight. Aged 32 we imagine it's difficult for her to continue to make 105lbs and a run at the Light Flyweight queens like Yesica Yolanda Bopp and Jessica Chavez would do nothing to harm Tada's, reputation even if she does suffer another defeat.
As well as the two title bouts the card also featured 4 other bouts which all ended via decision.
In 8 round action Junta Sekimoto (13-11-3, 5) claimed a clear decision over Daisuke Morita (7-5-1, 2) whilst Filipino RJ Ano-os (8-4-1, 2) claim a split decision over the hard hitting Kuninobu Shimamura (15-3, 10).
The remaining 2 bouts were both scheduled for 4 rounds as the unbeaten Hikaru Nagai (3-0, 2) remained unbeaten with a decision over Yuji Awata (2-1, 1) and in female action Marina Isami (1-1) overcame the debuting Chisa Tanaka (0-1).
As well as the show at the "Tokyo Big Sight" there was also a card, dubbed "Oriental Fight Night" that also took place in the Japanese capital.
This show, put on by Katsumata Promotions saw not only Japanese fighters in action but also Thai's and Filipino's in an interesting card, though one that clearly took a back seat to the Kameda card.
Although the show was a mix of fighters from different countries there was no stand out bout, just several notable bouts. One of those saw Yuta Nagai (27-8-4, 18) stopping over matched Thai Anuntachai Sor Por Lor Krungthep (5-4, 3) in the 6th round in what was one of several mismatches on the card.
One of the other notable bouts saw Filipino Rene Dacquel (10-1, 2) upset Japan's Yuki Nasu (23-8, 16) who was also stopped in the 6th round of a scheduled 8.
Staying with the 8 round contests there were also victories for Ryuta Wakamatsu (8-8, 6) who defeated Thai Suthep Sor Por Lor Krungthep (2-3) via 3rd round disqualification and Jovylito Aligarbes (8-2, 3) who stopped Yuki Nakai (6-4-2, 2).
Arguably the biggest name on the card, Ryan Bito (22-11-3, 8) had the most one sided mismatch as he took the debuting Yodsenkeng Mor Switgym (0-1). The bout was a mismatch on paper and it proved to be a mismatch in the ring with Bito stopping his Thai opponent in 3 rounds.
There was also 3rd round stoppage victories for Kaishi Shimizu (2-1, 1) who stopped Yosuke Sato (2-6, 2) and Honey Mae Bermoy (4-2, 4) who stopped Phokaew Tor Chalermchai (0-2) in the only female bout on the card.
The reamining 2 bouts on the card both went to a decision as Kenji Fujiyama (3-2, 2) over-came Shogo Tateyama (1-7-2, 1) and Hayato Kai (1-0-1) out pointed the debuting Dai Kamimachi (0-1).
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