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28 March 2010 :: 11:03:04 am 16820

Thai Champion Regains WBC Flyweight Title in Japan

Thai former champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam successfully regained the World Boxing Council’s flyweight division title on Saturday, following a point’s decision win over Japan’s Koki Kameda.
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Tokyo, the 27th of March 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Pongsaklek originally won the flyweight division WBC title in 2001, defending the belt an impressive 17 times (flyweight division record) before losing the title to Japan’s Daisuke Naito in 2007. That fight ended Pongsaklek’s run of 56 straight victories.

Pongsaklek overcame Kameda in a tough fight using his superior technique and a balanced and calm approach, connecting punches with precision, winning the bout 2-0. Two judges had Pongsaklek at 116-112 and 115-112, whilst the third had the bout tied at 114-114.

Disregarding Pongsaklek’s penalty point in the fifth round, for an accidental batting, he was flawless in his technical approach. This was evident no more so than when he struck a couple of lighting quick uppercuts in the 11th round drawing blood from Kameda’s nose, forcing the Japanese fighter to desperately hang on in the 12th and final round, avoiding a knockout.

This was Kameda’s first defence of the title which he took from Daisuke Naito in November last year and his first defeat in 22 straight bouts. The Kameda family have come under intense scrutiny throughout the boxing fraternity, due to Koki’s brother Daiki’s suspension for dirty fighting in his title bout against Naito in 2007. The brothers father Shiro Kameda was also barred from being a cornerman as a result of the incident in which both Shiro and Koki urged Daiki to fight dirty.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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