The ever popular Koki Kameda (31-1, 17) successfully retained his WBA Bantamweight title earlier today by winning a wide decision over Filipino challenger John Mark Apolinario (17-3-3, 4).
Koki, the first ever 3-weight world champion from Japan seemed to hardly break sweat as took control of the bout from the opening round. There wasn't much action from the off but what there was came mainly from Koki who applied intelligent and controlled pressure. Although Koki himself wasn't throwing much it appeared that Apolinario was throwing even less as Koki stalked and picked his spots when Apolinario was backed on to the ropes.
Offensively it was astute from the champion who, when called upon to be defensive knew what to do as he put his hands up and allowed the powder-puff punches of the challenger to bounce off his guard. It was obvious that when Koki came forward he was effective, not the most exciting but effective, when Apolinario came forward however there little effectiveness and little clean that landed.
In the middle Apolinario did manage to make one or two rounds interesting, though that had more to do with the fact that Koki seemed to be sleep walking through the contest rather than forcing the pace of the bout to step up. The few times Koki did put his foot on the gas he appeared unable to miss with his wicked southpaw left hand.
Despite it being Koki's straight that had caught the eye through much of the contest it was actually a right hook that that put Apolinario down in round 10. Although the challenger appeared to have recovered quickly and even seemed to race over to Kameda following the mandatory 8 count he offered little to no offense in the rest of the round.
With the bout all but sealed on the cards going in to the the final round it was nice to see Koki going up another gear as he searched for the finish that the fans had been wanting. He managed again to drop the Filipino challenger though his assault came probably a round or two too late with Apolinario still having the toughness to see out the attack and reach the final bell.
Following several poor performances and questionable results this was nice to see Koki actually looking confident and relaxed in the ring. Sure Apolinario is far from a genuine world level opponent though it was the type of performance that should help Koki remember why he's a world champion. Don't get us wrong Koki wasn't without faults here but he certainly put on a controlled yet dominant performance, that perhaps only lacked the exclamation point of a stoppage
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