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Tepparith Kokietgym Decisions Daiki, But Kameda Bros. Win Two of Three in Osaka


The Kameda brothers didn't quite go three-for-three on the night, but the best overall performance may have coming from the losing brother in the main event.

Daiki Kameda (22-3, 14 KO) gave a gutsy performance in a losing bid against Thailand's Tepparith Kokietgym (19-2, 12 KO) in the WBA super flyweight title bout, exchanging a lot of leather over the course of a grueling 12-round fight that saw the home fighter bloodied, bruised, and beaten up for much of the bout.

Official scores were 115-113, 116-112, and 119-110 for the 23-year-old titleholder, who has emerged in 2011 alongside countryman Suriyan Sor Rungvisai as a legitimate top fighter in the 115-pound division. Bad Left Hook scored it 117-111 for Tepparith.

In the co-feature, Koki Kameda improved to 27-1 (17 KO) with a fourth round knockout of Mexico's Mario Macias (23-8, 11 KO), retaining his WBA bantamweight belt.

Koki, the oldest of the brothers at 25, was in against an overmatched foe and acted like it. He came out fighting aggressively from the get-go, throwing hard shots to the body early on. About 30 seconds into the opening round, he caught Macias with a low shot, which required brief recovery time. But at the end of the round, Kameda caught the challenger with an overhand left that put him on the mat legally.

From there, he didn't look back. At the end of the third, Koki floored Macias again, and in the fourth round, he finished the fight, knocking Macias down on another clean left to the head, and then stopping him on body shots.

Prior to those fights, but shown between them on Japanese television, young Tomoki Kameda, 20, broke down a game Eduardo Garcia and knocked him out in seven rounds. Tomoki (22-0, 14 KO) has basically been raised in the pro game in the rings of Mexico, where he has worked with Canelo Alvarez's promotional outfit and earned the nickname "El Mexicanito."

That schooling shows in his ring work, where he's calculated, willing to take a shot, and vicious to the body. It was a series of body shots that finished off Garcia (21-7-1, 9 KO) at 1:23 of the seventh round, after he'd absorbed a steadily increasing beating over the course of the fight. Garcia was highly game and willing to mix it up, but Tomoki was simply a bigger, stronger, more talented fighter.

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