Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kameda Drops Apolinario Twice In Wide Points Win

By Jake Donovan

Koki Kameda easily turned back the challenge of John Mark Apolinario for the 7th successful defense of his bantamweight belt Tuesday evening in Tokyo, Japan. 


Scores were 119-107, 118-108 and 117-109 in a bout that finally produced a definitive and indisputable outcome for both fighters, something that hasn’t been the norm for either in recent fights.


What wasn’t produced was any form of entertaining action. 


The bout – which aired live on TBS Tokyo – was slow and awkward, with most of the fighting left to Kameda. The defending titlist had no fear of incoming at any point in the fight. Apolinario’s meager knockout-to-win ratio already suggested as much; his effort – or lack thereof – confirmed the lack of power, or even desire.


Frequent clinching forced referee Gustavo Padilla to be as much of a part of the action as the two combatants, never a good sign for a prizefight. Still, the fight was not without its bright spots. Given carta blanche to fight as he pleased, Kameda delivered a vicious body attack to further strike fear in the heart of an already seemingly stage-struck Apolinario. 


Action picked up late in the fight. On the occasions that Apolinario decided to let his hands go, he wound up paying a heavy price. Knockdowns suffered in rounds 10 and 12 sealed his fate, though sandwiched in between was a brave stand late in the 11th as he was able to exploit Kameda’s leaky defense. 


The last-ditch effort by Apolinario was an isolated moment, as Kameda was made to look like a world beater for much of the night – a sight vaguely seen since moving up to bantamweight three years ago. Frustrations of going tooth and nail with previous title challengers Hugo Ruiz and Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym were taken out on his feather-fisted challenger, producing his first knockdowns since Dec. ’11 when he thrice dropped Mario Macias en route to a 4th round knockout.


The bout was also Kameda’s last knockout, with Tuesday’s affair marking his fourth straight fight to go the full 12-round distance. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, but at least produced a final verdict that leaves no room for detractors to claim suspect scoring to have taken place.


With the win, Kameda advances to 31-1 (17KO). A former junior flyweight titlist and World lineal flyweight champ, the 26-year old has now won nine straight. The lone loss of his career came at the hands of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, dropping a majority decision to the legendary Thai boxer to end his brief flyweight championship reign.


Apolinario falls to 17-3-3 (4KO), having come up short in each of his past three title challenges. A pair of draw verdicts against Roberto ‘La Araña’ Vasquez came with an interim title at stake, and also with the purpose of providing Kameda with a mandatory challenger.


Tuesday’s uninspiring effort should leave the Filipino challenger way on the outside looking in when future title fights are discussed.


Meanwhile, the Kameda family is entrenched in the title picture for the next few weeks, with potential for history to be made. 


Youngest brother Tomoki Kameda – the lone remaining unbeaten fighter of the trio – embarks on his first title challenge, as he faces unbeaten Paulus Ambunda on August 1 in the Philippines. A separate version of the bantamweight title than the one Koki possesses is on the line. A win by Tomoki will mark the first time in boxing history when three brothers held major alphabet titles.


A win by Tomoki will be needed in order for the Kameda brothers to take their history making moments into unchartered territory. Daiki Kameda is in preparation for an attempt at a second super flyweight title reign when he faces fellow former champ Rodrigo Guerrero in their Sept. 7th vacant title fight. 


Wins by Tomoki and Daiki will present boxing with a once-in-a-lifetime occasion of three brothers simultaneously serving as world champs. Even in an era of more belts than ever available for the taking, the feat is still near-unthinkable.


All of that remains wishful thinking for the moment. For nearly a year, so too was the concept of Koki Kameda enduring a title challenge sans a disputable outcome. One item at a time crossed off the list. 


Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
Tags: Koki Kameda image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by trazom_j on 07-24-2013

It was fixed game. Apolinario completion 12 rounds mass boxing. Deplorably, Etsuko Tada lose her champion belt at the same ring. It was very strange decision. Too lucky Anabel Ortiz became new champion. She contracted with Kameda and was really…

Comment by SceneSpectator! on 07-23-2013

In the very first place, how the hell Apolinario ends up in 3 consecutive title fights while many others could deserves better than him?! :boxing:

Comment by giacomino on 07-23-2013

Perfect "title" defense for Kameda: no way Apolinario had the punch to hurt him, and no way Apolinario was ever going to get a decision vs Kameda in Tokyo

Comment by nycsmooth on 07-23-2013

there's a lotta good boxers @ Kameda's wt out there but doubt he'll take the elite on either @ home , or never on the road, the guy won't leave Japan...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Light Heavy Holds, Burnett Enters at 118: BScene Ratings Update Buatsi Confident Joshua Will Guide Him Proper To a World Title Carlos Negron Drops Derric Rossy Twice, Stops Him in Four Anthony Fowler Eager To Improve Despite Second Win Manny Pacquiao: Horn is No Easy Fight, He's a Tough Opponent Hopkins Rips Mayweather: Shows a Lack of Respect For Boxing! Golovkin-Canelo and the Allure of Exclusivity Javier Fortuna Crushes Mario Beltre in Two Rounds Carlos Diaz Stays on Track, Decisions Sergio Puente Over Ten BJ Flores Dominates Nick Guivas, Wants Bigger Fight Golovkin: Everyone Knows Saunders is Not Serious, He's a Clown Tyrone Brunson Gets Off The Mat To Blast Out Kermit Cintron Santa Cruz's Father Wants Interim-Bout Before Mares Rematch Heather Hardy Wins MMA Debut With TKO on Bellator Card Photos: Manny Pacquiao Hits Brisbane For Jeff Horn Showdown Mayweather Trainer: McGregor-Van Heerden Sparring Could Be Staged Tomasz Adamek, Glowacki, Masternak Pick Up Wins in Poland Pacquiao: I Expect Horn To Go Toe To Toe, It's Going To Be a War Deontay Wilder Ready To Travel For The Right Deal, Says DiBella British Squad Claims Record Eight Medals in Euro Championships Bradley Saunders Puts Injury Nightmare To Bed Vasyl Lomachenko To Fight in August, But Against Whom? Nam-Joon Lee Decisions Gomera, Captures WBA Asia Title Javier Fortuna Stays Busy With Santo Domingo Return Josh Kelly Watched Some Roy Jones Before 79-Second Win Dana White: We'll Learn From Mayweather-Pacquiao Mistakes Juan Manuel Marquez Return Now in Play For August 19 Horn Smiles: I'll Be Looking To Land Marquez Shot on Pacquiao! Diego Chaves: I Want Brandon Rios Again, I Deserve a Rematch SHO's Espinoza: Broner-Garcia is Biggest Non-PPV Fight of Summer Hopkins: Canelo Will Beat Golovkin EASIER Than Most Think! Frank Warren: Ward-Kovalev Ending Unsatisfactory, Trilogy Needed Vijender Singh vs. Zulpikar Maimaitiali Set For High Stakes Battle Natasha Jonas Impressive in Her Pro Debut in Newcastle Mike Jimenez Barely Beats Pryor, Findley Drills Donovan George Hearn: Great Offer Made To Wilder, Reluctant To Face Whyte Roach: I Once Thought Golovkin Kills Canelo - Now It's Dead Even Anthony Yigit vs. Sandor Martin Deal Reached, Purse Bid is Off Mohamed Rodriguez Shocks Manuel Mendez With Knockout Win Why Mayweather-McGregor Cannot Hurt Boxing
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement