Kameda halts Pongsaklek in grudge exhibition

By Joe Koizumi

In a grudge six-round exhibition (not a fight authorized by our commission) between former world champs, three-time titleholder Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs), 118, dropped former conqueror Pongsaklek Wongjongkam (91-5-2, 47 KOs), 117.5, and halted him at 0:12 of the second round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kameda, 31, annihilated the pathetic Thai old soldier, 40, and decked him with a southpaw one-two combination, when the referee Iida promptly declared a stoppage. It wasn’t a fight authorized by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), which only approved it as an exhibition with 10-ounce gloves for six rounds with no decision (should it have gone the distance). Pongsaklek had defeated Kameda to have him suffer his career-first defeat to capture the WBC flyweight belt from him in 2010.

In a supporting ten-rounder, Koki’s younger brother and ex-WBO bantam champ Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20 KOs), 125.25, scored a lopsided decision (all 100-88) over Mexican veteran Daniel Noriega (30-12-1, 15 KOs), 125, over ten. Tomoki decked him in the second and fifth, but couldn’t finish him to bring home the bacon early.

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