June 5, 2006


Unbeaten 17-year-old Daiki Kameda (4-0, 3 KOs), 117, the younger brother of Japanese sensation Koki Kameda (who will face Venezuelan Juan Landaeta for the vacant WBA 108-pound throne on this coming August 2), scored a fine TKO victory over ex-Indonesian flyweight champ Yopie Benu (24-6-3, 7 KOs), 115.75, at 0:27 into the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Daiki kept stalking the shorter rival with his peek-a-boo guard and battered the side of the belly to weaken the more experienced Indonesian as the contest progressed. Benu occasionally penetrated his tight guard with light jabs and left-right combinations, but was apparently overpowered by the aggressive youngster. Visibly hurt by his continual body bombardments, Benu almost quit in the corner after the fourth, but his cornermen barely persuaded him to go on. His fighting spirit, however, was already gone, and he easily knelt down as Daiki furiously turned loose in the fifth. Though referee Fukuchi took the mandatory eight and told him to fight on, Benu fell down again by himself without further absorption of punishment.

Daiki looked still rough and less mature than his brother Koki as a professional, but he finely sang a song after his victory by stoppage as usual. He proved a good singer before a capacity audience at the Korakuen Hall. It’s funny that stubborn hardcore fight aficionados listened to the unique boxer’s sweet voice among great many gal fans as if it had been a rock concert. Daiki seemed vastly talented as singer as well as painter who drew well-designed posters by himself. He might be called Japanese Rinty Monaghan, the singing world flyweight champ in the late 1940’s, who also made it a rule to entertain his audience with his voice after the fight. Daiki was such a tremendous popular that female adherents enthusiastically kept screaming at the traditional boxing hall. This old fight reporter left the arena with a sigh.

Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.

Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.


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