After 93 years with out an all Filipino world title bout we had one late on Saturday, as IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20) recorded his 5th defense and over-come mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan (14-4, 9). Sadly, given the long wait for an all Filipino world title fight, this wasn't a bout that will sit in the memory for long.
The bout saw the more skilled, and crisper, Ancajas boxing well behind his jab early on. There was little from Sultan early on as Ancajas proved to be too quick, too sharp and too naturally long for Sultan. The challenger would, at times, look to sneak inside but would be punished for any real sign of aggression he showed. Ancajas's foot work was brilliant early on, and whilst the intensity of his output was limited the skills on show were impressive ans he landed jabs, solid left hands and went to the body with regularity.
The one sided yet drama free nature of the bout saw the fans quickly turn on the fight, booing the relative lack of action. The boos from the crowd didn't really change the action, which continued to be straight forward for Ancajas until round 8, when Sultan finally managed to have some success, as Ancajas seemed to switch off.
With Sultan knowing he needed to turn it around he put his foot on the gas in round 9, and finally seemed to win a round as Ancajas began to look as bored as the crowd sounded. The champion would also seem to be switched off in round 10, but even then it never seemed like Sultan could have any sustained success, and Ancajas continued to land his jab and move well as he continued to keep the challenger at bay.
The action did manage to heat up in the final two rounds, but by then it was a forgone conclusion and there was no doubting that Ancajas had done enough to take decision, which the judges went on to confirm with 3 wide cards in favour of the champion, who secured his 5th defense.
It seems likely that Ancajas will be eyeing up a unification bout with WBA champion Kal Yafai, who also defended his title on this show, and that fight would be an interesting one, with more action than this all-Filipino one.
It's fair to say that 2017 was a break out year in many ways for Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20. Despite claiming the IBF Super Flyweight title in 2016 he wasn't really able to use the belt as a launchpad until last year, when he went 3-0 (3) and shone. By the end of the year he had Western audiences suggesting he was the new Pacquiao and many saying he was on the verge of becoming a figurehead for the Filipino fight scene.
Today he return to the ring to kick off 2018, and faced off with the previously unbeaten Israel Gonzalez (21-1, 8), in what was Ancajas' 4th defense of the IBF title and his US debut.
The bout started perfectly for the champion who dropped Gonzalez in the opening round from a left hand. It was the ideal start for the Filipino and proof that his power was enough to hut Gonzalez.
Having got off to such a perfect start it could have been expected that Ancajas would close the show early. Gonzalez however was tough, and he took a gradual and sustained beating over the following few rounds. The game Mexican always looked to fight, but was never able to cope with the speed, power, accuracy or consistency of Ancajas, who chipped away, round after round. There was jabs and power shots both connecting at will from the talented Filipino who did as he wished.
In round 10 a left hand dropped Gonzale for the bouts' second knockdown and a third followed soon after, forcing the referee to save the now beaten Mexican from further punishment.
Ancajas is now 4-0 (4) since winning a world title and an excellent 16-0 (15) since his sole loss, back in March 2012. He has proven he is a truly world class boxer, and despite issues with securing big fights he has the potential to be a very long term champion. The performance, technically, was solid, with perhaps only one real complaint being that he was too methodical. There were times when he could have picked up the pace looked for the kill much earlier. Had he done that he could have made a little more of an impression on the audience. But that really is only a minor complaint, and he really did impress, once again.
The bout also raised an interested little bit of trivia, with Ancajas now defending the title in 4 continents. He has now made defenses in Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America, and it would be interesting to see if they could get him a fight either in Africa or in South America next.
It's hard to deny that the Super Flyweight division is one of, if not the, best division in the sport right now, with 4 really good world champions. Today one of those was in action, with the IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19) travelling to Belfast to face off with the gutsy and brave Jamie Conlan (19-1, 11).
The Filipino world champion was successful as he made his 3rd defense of the title, and did so in impressive fashion, whilst fighting well within himself to defeat the Irishman.
The opening round was mostly quiet, though Conlan was dropped from what appeared to be a delayed reaction to a temple shot, despite the commentary claiming it was an leg injury to Conlan. The shot came whilst Conlan was trying to box with Ancajas, which seemed the wrong tactic, and was one that seemed to frustrate Ancajas more than come close to really testing him.
In round 2 things went from bad to worse for Conlan, who was badly cut over the left eye. For Conlan to be cut was no surprise, but it really was a bad cut and seemed to spur Ancajas to up his pressure, becoming more methodical as he began to break down Conlan. The Irish man's toughness was really being tested, and in round 3 a body shot saw real cracks began as he winced and backed up, opening the door to an assault from Ancajas that sent Conlan down again.
Conlan was really struggling, and looking beaten up, as we entered round 4, though he showed the fighting spirit that has made him such a fan favourite as he looked to fight back. Sadly the more he threw the more opening Ancajas began to find, and a huge assault from Ancajas left us wondering how the challenger was still in their fighting. Despite the attempt to fight he was dropped again at the very end of the round, and took what seemed like a long count as the bell rang.
Ancajas looked like he had hurt Conlan again but was called for a low blow in round 5, and then another attack later in the round sent the challenger down, but a legitimate looking body shot was again called low, resulting in a 1-point deduction for Ancajas. At the time it seemed like the referee was trying to help Conlan, with neither shot looking like much of a low blow but more boderline shots. It was however not helping the challenger, and instead extended his punishment, which continued in to round 6.
Thankfully the punishment was finally stopped when Conlan his the canvas early into round 6. The shot that sent him down looked like a shot just behind the ear, a borderline illegal shot, but it was clear that the referee had finally seen enough and had willingly saved the Irishman from his own toughness and bravery.
For Conlan the loss will sting, but it was clear that he wasn't in the same league as Ancajas, who never looked like he was out of third gear. The loss will harm his stock a little bit, but the reality is that he's so fan friendly that he will always be popular,and a bout against Rex Tso is about as good as the sport can give us. As for Ancajas his name has been linked to that of WBO champion Naoya Inoue, and recent reports from Japan suggest that Inoue Vs Ancajas could take place in February on “Superfly 2”, in what would be an amazing match up and help continue to build interest and attention for the division.
The boxing world focused on Australia on Sunday as Manny Pacquiao battled Jeff Horn in what was widely derided as a horrible mismatch. Whilst that wasn't a great main event the show it's self served as a vehicle to showcase IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (27-1-1, 18). The talented Filipino, who is promoted by Pacquiao, took on Japanese challenger Teiru Kinoshita (25-2-1, 8) [位帝里 木下] and took his opportunity to shine, stopping Kinoshita in a 1-sided contest.
The bout started slowly, with neither man really taking any risks. Although it was quiet it was clear that Ancajas was doing more than the challenger.
Having felt his way into the bout Ancajas started to move through the gears, and hammered some sharp left hands into the right side of Kinoshita's face, causing clear visible damage to Kinoshita's right eye in round 2. The damage looked serious, with nasty cuts, but to his credit Kinoshita refused to let it bother him, despite two inspections by the doctors.
Knowing he was behind Kinoshita tried to step up his output in round 3, but was too slow and too clumsy for Ancajas who landed some really sharp shots, continuing to pick away at Kinoshita to both head and body. Having looked sharp as a tack in rounds 2 and 3 Ancajas started to slow down in round 4, giving Kinoshita some opportunities, but it was still the Filipino landing the better blows.
Ancajas showed that he wasn't flagging in round 5, as he landed some of his best stuff, including some hard left hands early on and a beautiful eye catching combination on the bell to seal the round. Those shows were taking their toll on Kinoshita, who was trying and was game, but was totally out classed and had no answer for the champion, even when Ancajas slowed down as he did again at times in round 6, a closer but clear round for the champion.
By the end of round 6 Kinoshita's right eye looked completely shut, and it was clear he was going to have to go all out sooner rather than later. That saw him come out for round 7 with aggressive intent, and he landed a nice flurry, but only moments later a combination from Ancajas, punctuated by a sickening body shot, dropped the Japanese fighter. Kinoshita showed his warrior mentality to regain his feet, but the referee had seen enough and stopped the swollen and beaten challenger.
For most fans in the West this was their first chance to see either man and whilst Kinoshita certainly didn't leave much of an impression it's fair to say that Ancajas will have gotten a lot of new fans from this performance and it's clear that the bout really was a show case for the talented Pinoy puncher.
Last September we saw Filipino fighter Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1, 17) claim the IBF Super Flyweight world title with an upset win over McJoe Arroyo. Today the talented Filipino took to the ring for the first time since winning that title, and successfully defended it against tough nosed Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (32-5, 19), and looked sensational as he headlined day of the 2-day CCTV Lunar New Year Event.
On paper the bout looked like a good defense for Ancajas, there was however a sense that the Filipino skillster was facing an opponent that was made to order, with Rodriguez being an aggressively minded, pressure fighter, who gives plenty of openings. That feeling of Rodriguez being the perfect foil for Ancajas proved to be true almost from the off, with Ancajas using Rodriguez's pressure against him from the opening seconds.
The Mexican went on the front foot immediately, trying to give Ancajas some early discomfort. Ancajas showed that he had scouted Rodriguez well and instead of being ruffled by Rodriguez we saw Ancajas land counter shots as will, swithcing between spiteful uppercuts and straight shots up top to whipping in full blooded body shots. Rodriguez, to his credit, knew his strength was in his aggressive style and knew his only way to win would be to take the fight to Ancajas, but the reality was that the Filipino was too sharp and too quick to be out worked or concerned by Rodriguez.
In round 2 Ancajas opened up more, using Rodriguez as a human punch bag at times and putting on a clinic in terms of counters and movement. He was making a decent fighter like Rodriguez look like a straight up up rookie, avoiding most of what was beign thrown his way and landing shot after shot of his own. In fact it wasn't until round 3 that Rodriguez seemed to have any impact on Ancajas, and the little impact he did have in round 3 ended up costing him as the Filipino upped the ante and seemed to hurt the Mexican in return.
Rodrgiuez's aggression then seemed to fade and in rounds 5 and 6 he was showing clear signs of slowing and was actually starting to be forced on to the back foot. As we'd seen against Kazuto Ioka, who Rodriguez had fought a few years ago, the Mexican cannot fight on the back foot and looked totally clueless when ever Ancajas forced him backwards. What was worse for Rodriguez was that he backed up in straight lines and that just allowed Ancajas to follow up and combination with a straight whilst he backed up.
Whilst Ancajas was in total control there was a sense that he was figthign well within himself, preferring to show case his skills rather than hunt a finish. That was particularly notable in round 7, with Rodriguez slowing to a near halt and Ancajas happy to go through the motions. It had a feel of a bout that could get frustrating for fans, until Rodriguez was seen by doctors at the start of round 8, and cited a shoulder issue that eventually forced the bout to be stopped, after some confusing moments from the doctor, the fighter and the referee.
With the win Ancajas has made his first defense of the IBF title, and looked like a sensation at times, and will be lookign to make his second defense later this year. For Rodriguez it's hard to see where he goes, other than the domestic Mexican scene. With Super Flyweight being a rather packed division Ancajas willlikely see hi name linked to numerous other top fighters, including Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonalez, Kal Yafai and Takuma Inoue, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the Filipino in against a notable name by summer.
It's fair to say that Filipino boxing is riding a genuine high at the moment following big wins this year for the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Johnriel Casimero and Marlon Tapales. The latest Filipino to score a major win was Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1, 16) who made the most of his opportunity earlier today and claimed the IBF Super Flyweight title, out pointing the previously unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (17-1, 8).
The fight started quietly with neither man wanting to take many risks, and although Ancajs was coming forward there was little of note from either man. It seemed a smart tactic from both, given that neither has fought this year, but it was clear that the fight wasn't going to remain a slow and cautious bout through out and the one that upped the pace first was going to be the one taking control.
The one that upped the pace was Ancajas who began to move through the gears in the middle rounds, and by the end of round 6 he was beginning to take control over the champion, who looked like a man who had no second gear to move in to. With Ancajas pushing the pace he began to really dominate and gave Arroyo a beating through round 7, 8 and 9, dropping the Puerto Rican for a count in round 8 and being unlucky not to get another knockdown scored in his favour the following round.
The key for Ancajas had been a steady body attack which took the legs and power from Arroyo, leaving him very flat footed and at times a sitting duck to more body shots. Although weary the visitor knew he'd have to do what he could to turn things around in the later rounds and started trudging, heavy legged, towards the challenger looking for a Hail Mary. The tactic was a foolish one from Arroyo, who lacked the footwork or hand speed to connect, and he was left chasing a speedier and fresher fighter who continued to land the eye catching shots.
With the knockdown, and the fact Ancajas was the one to take the initiative, it seemed like the Filipino had been the comfortable winner, and that was reflected on two of the cards, with scores of 118-109 and 117-110 telling the story of the fight, the third card however was far too close at 115-112.
For Ancajas this win is a career changing victory. It's taken him from a man being paid small sums as a fringe contender to a man who will be chased for a big fight either to end the year or in 2017. Given he earned less than $4,000 for this fight, turning down a much larger payday to travel, the gamble has paid off and potential money bouts with the likes of Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Luis Concepcion, Kohei Kono, Sho Ishida, Carlos Cuadras or Takuma Inoue are looming.
Arroyo, who had won the title in a questionable manner last year against Arthur Villanueva, sees his reign and unbeaten record end in what was a genuinely poor effort. He proved his toughness and heart but looked very much like a third rate fighter coming up against some one who was hungry and talented.
When highly regarded unbeaten fighters collide for a world title we expect something special. We know that sometimes bouts don't quite come alive, but we do expect something more than a complete stinker. Unfortunately later on Saturday night we got a complete crap-fest that wasn't helped by some terrible officiating by both the referee and the judges.
The bout in question saw Filipino fighter Arthur Villanueva (27-1, 14) suffer his first defeat as he came up short on the score-cards against McJoe Arroyo (17-0, 8), in a shortened IBF Super Flyweight title bout. The bout, which was taken to the score-cards in round 10, never seemed to get going, though it wasn't down to eventual loser who seemed to be in the ring with the intention of fighting.
Through the first 2 rounds there was nothing, at all, to separate the men. Villanueva was the more active but wasn't landing a significantly high number of shots than Arroyo, who seemed to perhaps land the better shots. Through 2 rounds any score was possible, from 20-18, either way, to an even 20-20.
The first genuinely clear round of the first was round 3 which seemed to be a Villanueva round with the Filipino easily out landing his Puerto Rican foe. The Filipino seemed to build on his success and appeared to just take round 4 as well, though few would complain had it gone the other way.
In round 5 we again saw the Filipino seemingly doing enough to take another close, and competitive, round. Although the action was close it wasn't pretty, it wasn't exciting and it saw both men missing significantly more than they were landing. It was, for all intents, boxing chess and very dull, disappointingly so for a Super Flyweight title fight.
Despite Villanueva having real success in rounds 3,4 and 5, his momentum was cut in round 6 as he was deducted a point for, apparently, a deliberate headclash. The call was a terrible one, and originally it seemed even the commission had thought it was a poor call, until a replay assured them that the referee was being serious. Sadly for Villanueva the deduction far from his only issue as he was cut, from a subsequent headbutt, caused by Arroyo, that went unpunished from the referee who seemed to show his bias for the fight.
Through round 7 Villanueva seemed to have blood running down down his face from the cut though, for the most part, out boxed his foe and out landed him in what was one of Villanueva's best rounds of the fight. Despite a good round for the Filipino he was taken to the doctor twice,once earlier on and then again in the rest period between the rounds, interfering with any plans his time were wanting to give him.
Although the bout had failed to come alive in the first 7 rounds it was hoped the blood may force the action to pick up. Instead it seemed to drive on the Filipino and completely kill any desire Arroyo had with the Puerto Rican essentially spoiling through out the 8th round whilst the Filipino did enough to seemingly win the round, with out needing to do much at all. The 9th was even more disappointing with Arroyo doing next to nothing other than clinching his foe and refusing to fight. It seemed as if Arroyo had mentally quit.
If Arroyo had intention of trying to win it was seen in round 10 with Villanueva starting the round well whilst Arroyo did nothing other than hold. It was a pathetic round from the Puerto Rican before the referee took Villanueva over to the corner. This time the doctor had decided enough was enough, and seemed happy to put the fans out of their collective misery.
Due to the cut coming from a headclash we went to to the score cards and, given that Arroyo had done nothing for the final 3 rounds, it seemed like we were set to get very close cards. Sadly however the judges showed that they hadn't been watching the action and turned in very disappointing cards of 97-92, 98-91 and 98-91 all in favour of Arroyo. The referee had left his mark on the bout early but the judges left an even worse taste in the mouths of those watching the bout.
We'll admit we had Villanueva in a comfortable lead though we could easily understand a 95-94 lead to Arroyo. Those cards however were a disgrace and further showed how bad officiating is in Texas, US. Sadly though the commission have refused to act in the past, and they will again ignore was was essentially a disgracefully officiated contest.
For Villanueva this would have been a disgusting way to lose his unbeaten record, we just hope it's not his last chance at having a shot at a world title. It shouldn't be, but you never know in this sport. For Arroyo, he needs to thank his lucky stars that the officials were inept and handed him the IBF Super Flyweight title.
Earlier today fans in Japan got the chance to see the wonderful Portopia Hotel make it's debut as a boxing venue. Unfortunately however the venue didn't manage to inspire Japan's Teiru Kinoshita (19-1-1, 3) to a career defining victory, instead it hosted Kinoshita's first professional loss as he was dominated by South Africa's talented and heavy handed Zolani Tete (19-3, 16).
The bout, which was aired on Sky A Sports in Japan was one we've not been able to see though all the reports we've read basically say the same thing. Kinoshita was bad beaten and suffered from a number of issues, not least his lack of power, lack of a game plan and an inability to get beyond the significant size differential.
The problems were apparently evident from the off when Tete landed a lang rangy jab from the southpaw stance and showed that he had the skill, size and speed to pick off Kinoshita from distance. Kinoshita tried to fight back but we've been informed that it was clear at that point that he had no answer to Tete who continued to fight at a distance doing as he wished.
Although Tete, knowing he was fighting in the same place that Kinoshita works a day job, knew he could have been on the rough end of the judges if it was close he really never had that issue arise in a bout that was simply too one sided to even think about giving to the home fighter.
For the vast part of the bout Kinoshita was more pre-occupied in trying to avoid the dangerous left hand of Tete than actually attacking and when he did attack his punches fell short far too often, leaving himself open to counters which came regularly from both the straight lefts and jabs of the South African.
Sadly for Kinoshita, a former Japanese national champion, this was a step too far though it was an opportunity that he'd have been not to take.
For those wondering the views of the Japanese press, we dare say that Boxingnews.jp summed it up with the phrase "Tei sato ga kanpai", effectively Kinoshita "was hammered". To his credit though not many people last the schedule with Tete and hat's what Kinoshita did, despite losing a lop sided decision with scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109.
This was the first IBF Super Flyweight title bout since Daiki Kameda's controversial bout with Liborio Solis late last year. That bout caused the Kameda gym to be stripped of their license and later forced Daiki to vacate the belt.
(Image courtesy of Senrima Kobe)
It's all too rare in this sport that we get unification bouts. We as fans, as much as anything else, love them when they come around and wish we'd have more of them.
Less than a week ago it looked nailed on that we would have a unified Super Flyweight champion. The WBA and IBF titles were bound together with Liborio Solis (16-3-1, 7) set to face Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18).
There was just one problem, weight. On Monday Solis, failed to make the Super Flyweight limit. In fact he was closer to the Bantamweight limit than the Super Flyweight limit. This saw Solis stripped of the WBA title and unableto win the IBF belt. Daiki however was eligible still to win the WBA title and unify it with his IBF belt.
Unfortunately for Daiki the weight difference on the scales had multiplied by the time the two men had gotten in to the ring. Daiki, although above the Super Flyweight limit in the ring was physically smaller than Solis who was said to have been around the Lightweight limit.
Sadly for Daiki the weight difference came in to play early on.
The fight began as a phone booth war, a real tear up with both men unloading on each other in the first 3 rounds. There was more action in these 3 rounds than many 12 rounders have combined as both men decided to go to war with each other.
By round 4 the size disadvantage was taking it's toll on Daiki. The Japanese fighter couldn't hurt Solis who took every shot and came back with his own heavier shots. This saw Daiki changing his game plan and trying to box with Solis rather than going to war with him.
Trying to box with Solis didn't really help Daiki who was walked down, hurt and forced to clinch. By now it was clear that Daiki was going to need to move to a third game plan. This involved lots of shoe shining at Solis's body. No shot was going to hurt the Venezuelan but they could catch the judges eye and help Daiki claim the rounds.
By round 9 it seemed like Daiki had the toughness to take the best of Solis shots. He didn't have the fire power to force Solis into thinking twice about letting his hands go however he did have the work rate to make things interesting and the heart to keep going.
It was the heart and toughness of Daiki that was outstanding and in the final 3 rounds he upped his work, his effort and his energy as he tried to close the show and take the championship rounds. Whilst no one would have begrudged him those later rounds it was simply too little too late, he was in a hole and there was no real escape on the cards.
To us it seemed Solis was a clear winner. The cards would have been close, of course they would, Daiki may well have taken 2 of the first 4 and possibly the last 3, but that was about as good as it got for him. He was battered in the middle portion of the bout and rounds 4-9 were clearly Solis's with the Venezuelan having a very good shout to have won the first 3 as well. At best for Daiki we had it a 115-113 loss, at worst it it 117-111 to Solis.
As per usual however the judges saw things very differently to us. They had it, rather remarkably, a split decision. We believe the cards were read out as 115-113, 112-116 and 116-112, though there was confusion with the announcements.
Oddly the reactions of the two fighters were very odd. Solis celebrated as if he had won the lottery or been told he was crowned master of the universe when in fact he had effectively won a fight for naught, he wasn't going to be reinstated by the WBA nor was he to claim the IBF title. Daiki on the other hand looked solemn despite technically retaining his title on a loss.
Interestingly this result has actually set up some very interesting looking possibilities for 2014.
We are likely to see Daiki fighting against Zolani Tete in a defense of the IBF title, that appears to be almost set in stone with Tete claiming a mandatory position this past weekend.
With Solis beating Daiki but unable to make the Super Flyweight limit we'd not be shocked if 2014 brought us a bout between Tomoki Kameda, who retained his WBO Bantamweight belt on this same show, and Solis. It's a bout that allows the Kameda's to gain some form of revenge over Solis and allows Solis a chance to return to Japan for another world title and another decent payday.
The fact the WBA Super Flyweight title is now vacant could also see Koki Kameda aborting plans to fight Anselmo Moreno in a Bantamweight title fight and instead dropping to Super Flyweight. If Koki does that he could potentially be Japan's first ever 4 weight world champion.
One thing is for sure, there was probably more "good" from Solis failing to make weight than their was bad. Sure we failed to have a unified champion but on the other hand we have seemingly gotten a very, very interesting situation.
It's not often that brothers hold world titles in boxing and although it does happen it's really a bit of a rarity for 2 to hold them at the same time. Earlier today however the Kameda family created history and finished what has been dubbed "The Summer of Kameda" with a trio of world title holders.
"The Summer of Kameda" kicked off a few weeks ago with Koki, the eldest of the three boxing brothers, defending his WBA Bantamweight title against John Mark Apolinario of the Philippines. Just weeks later the youngster brother, Tomoki, claimed the WBO Bantamweight title defeating Paulus Ambunda for the belt.
Earlier today middle child Daiki Kameda (29-3, 18) joined his brothers by claiming the IBF Super Flyweight title, in the process not only becoming the third brother to currently hold a title but also just the third Japanese fighter to claim an IBF world title following Satoshi Shingaki and Katsunari Takayama.
Daiki, facing off against the dangerous and talented Mexican Rodrigo Guerrero (19-5-1, 12) was seen as a small betting favourite, though with many fans he was actually seen as the under-dog.
The fight, with a lot riding on it, started poorly with the first 3 or 4 rounds really having very little clean action. Daiki used his feet and was very negative trying to force Guerrero to create the fight whilst trying to pick him off with single straight right hands. On the whole this was effective for Daiki in the early rounds though certainly not exciting.
Whilst the fight certainly lacked action in the opening stages Daiki did show off some very impressive movement, the sort of movement that would frustrate anyone and the sort of movement that prevented Guerrero from really establishing his pressure. Guerrero brought the heat, but it was often ineffective.
Although Daiki did make a good start he was under heavy fire for the first time in round 5. It was in this round that he was forced to really fight back for the first time and unfortunately for him he was deducted a point for a low in the final minute of the round. It's fair to say that the point deduction could have been the only mark against through 5 rounds on the judges scorecards due to how ineffective Guerrero's pressure had been.
It wasn't until the sixth round that Guerrero really tried to force a body attack and tried to take away the movement of Daiki. By this point it was obvious that Japanese fighter was simply a step ahead of his flatter footed opponent. The body attack of Guerrero did bring him some success though a late flurry by Daiki may have stolen him the round on at least one of the judges scorecards.
If the sixth saw Guerrero having some success in terms of connects then the seventh saw him having success in terms of his pressure forcing Daiki to work. Fortunately for Daiki his work did enough to keep Guerrero from landing much of note himself, though it was appearing that Guerrero had planned to come on strong in the second half of the fight.
After having two solid rounds Guerrero's first really strong round was the eighth, a round in which his pressure really began to pay off as he hammered Daiki upstairs and downstairs. It was beginning to look like the waiting game of the Mexican was paying off as he cut the distance and effectively took away the movement of the Japanese fighter. This success bred more success and Guerrero would further put the hurting on Daiki in the following round as the bout appeared to swing in the direction of the Mexican.
With bout slowly turning against him Daiki most have known he was in need of something special. He managed to find that something special in round 10, the fight's clear highlight. Again Guerrero brought the pressure and for a good chunk of the round seemed the boss until Daiki let loose with a long, sustained assault that had Guerrero covering up and going backwards. For the first time in the bout Kameda seemed to realise that he had the ability to hurt Guerrero when he let his hands go in a combination, and although Guerrero did come back in to the round late the attack of Daiki certainly stole the round.
The eleventh round saw Daiki deducted a second point, though even with the deduction it appeared he did more than enough to earn at least a share of the round as Guerrero started to look like a fighter who had given his all and was resigned to defeat failing to do enough in the final round to really make a clear cut case for that either.
Although the deductions in rounds 5 and 11 made the scores cards interesting, it appears they had no real bearing on the bout with scores of 114-112, 116-110 and 117-109 being registered by the judges, all in favour of Daiki.
With a WBA, a WBO and IBF champion in the family it would seem like the Kameda's are the boxing family of the moment. With their names firmly stamped in the record books we may well get the trio wanting to set more records, such as becoming the first trio to defend titles on the same show, or something similar. For now however they will celebrate a successful and memorable summer.
World Title Results
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