①WBAのフライ級王者、亀田大毅(19-2, 11 KOs, 112ポンド)は薄氷を踏む思いでかろうじてベルトを守った。彼は、大いに議論を呼ぶ2-1判定勝ちを、試合全般を通じて攻撃的だったシルビオ・オルテアヌ(11-4, 3 KOs, 112ポンド)から拾ったものである。オルテアヌは、ルーマニア人の欧州王者である。この12ラウンドは，日本の埼玉で行われたが、お粗末なものであった。
①WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (19-2, 11 KOs), 112, very barely kept his belt as he eked out a highly controversial split decision over totally aggressive Silvio Olteanu (11-4, 3 KOs), 112, European titlist of Romania, over twelve lousy rounds on Sunday in Saitama, Japan.
①The scoresheets were as follows: Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) 115-113 and Levi Martinez (US) 116-112, both for the defending champ Kameda, while Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) saw it quite differently 118-110 for Olteanu. ②The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand).
①The 32-year-old Romanian looked dominant and aggressive throughout the monotonous contest. ②Olteanu was the aggressor all the way. ③Probably the champ’s severe reduction of weight caused Kameda, 21, to be too sluggish to throw many punches only to retaliate with a punch at a time. ④The champ was said to be a hard-puncher, so his by far fewer punches might have been evaluated only by the two judges, ⑤but Olteanu, a soft-punching but much busier speedster, seemed to have controlled the bout and was apparently robbed.
①Who should have been the winner? ②This question is related to the essence of boxing. ③We know the traditional scoring standard: (1) effective punch, (2) aggressiveness, (3) defense, and (4) ring generalship. ④Everyone will admit Oltianu was aggressive all night. ⑤If so, was Daiki Kameda more effective in punching against the by far more aggressive Olteanu? ⑥This reporter whose score was 117-111 almost agrees with the tally of Roberto Ramirez, 118-110 in favor of Oltianu.
①Oltianu recently won the EBU-EU 118-pound belt by defeating Alain Bonnel on points in Madrid last December and registered his initial defense of his regional belt by beating Berrnard Inom (who had only lost to Omar Narvaez in a quest for the WBO flyweight belt in 2006 in twenty-two bouts to show his real power) by a unanimous decision this May.
①This reporter has seen great many world flyweight title bouts since a Pascual Perez-Kenji Yonekura title go in 1959, but can definitely say that this Kameda-Oltianu bout was the technically worst and lowest title bout. ②It is a shame to call such a technically poor fight as a world title bout. ③It must be an insult to Jimmy Wilde, Pancho Villa, Pascual Perez, Pone Kingpetch, Yoshio Shirai, Fighting Harada, Hiroyuki Ebihara, Alacran Efren Torres, Chartchai Chionoi, Masao Ohba, Betulio Gonzalez, Erbito Salavarria, Shoji Oguma, Miguel Canto, Chanhee Park, Santos Laciar, Sot Chitalada…
①If you can see this bout by YouTube, etc., you may rightly see what this observer says. ②It is shameful to call such a poor boxer world flyweight champion after such a technically poor bout.
Oltianu was a harmless air windmill, while the defending champ Kameda was a very negative shell that threw very few punches in every round. ②Kameda was poor, but Oltianu was also poor. ③But without throwing punches, you can’t win a point. ④The shorter Romanian by four inches kept throwing punches—light leather like feather—to the peek-a-boo stylist. ⑤The sluggish champ displayed his willingness to defend his belt only in the eighth and ninth rounds, but remained cautious and negative from the tenth on.
①This reporter begs the WBA headquarters to review this fight at your office to see whether it was worth being called a world title bout. ②It is really good that Daiki Kameda will very certainly renounce his WBA 112-pound belt without facing the formidable interim ruler Luis Concepcion of Panama despite the WBA’s order. ③We must call the strongest man in the respective weight category “the champion.”
①This reporter gave only three rounds (the second, eighth and ninth) to Kameda, and all others to Oltianu. ②Whether my view was right or not—it should be detected and discussed by the WBA headquarters on reviewing it on a tape.
①Please don’t downgrade the status of professional boxing any longer by declaring Daiki Kameda the winner and world champion.