Rey Vargas (34-0, 22 KOs) has retained his WBC title of 200 kilos tonight, outperforming Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20 KOs) over the distance to keep his belt. The three official judges gave identical scorecards from 117 to 110, all in favor of Vargas. BLH also scored 117-110 for Vargas.
Vargas, who won an amateur victory against Kameda – a victory that Kameda was eager to avenge – was simply able to use his size and achieve benefits to keep the fight close at hand, where Kameda just could not hit him.
That's not to say that Kameda did not try, though. In fact, Kameda tried to reduce the distance and attack the right hand, but did not have much success against Vargas, who liked to play the matador. Kameda managed to make eloquent shots intermittently, but not quite at the speed required to compensate for Vargas' level of activity within range.
In the 12th round, Kameda was trying to make his physique with Vargas in all possible ways, knowing that he was missing points but was then deduced from a point himself in the last period by scoring on the pause. I guess it was at least worth trying, because Kameda really could not land otherwise.
CompuBox's final statistics allowed Vargas to reach a total of 173 out of 793 shots in total (21.8%), while Kameda reached 133 out of 394 shots in total (33.8%).
The underlying map of this struggle has had some notable setbacks, with at least two highly esteemed hopes being overturned by knockout.
Junior featherweight Diego De La Hoya (21-1, 10 KO's) made his first L tonight. He was stopped by Ronny RIos (31-3, 15 KO's) at 1:17 of the sixth round. This fight proved to be the best of the pack from the point of view of the action, with two well-matched opponents fighting over the essence of the fight.
De La Hoya and Rios fired each other in turn, but Rios really squared the hook of his left hook, which made De La Hoya tremble a few times. Then, on the sixth lap, Rios would catch De La Hoya with a chin uppercut that would degrade De La Hoya. De La Hoya stood up, but did not want to continue, so the fight was stopped immediately.
In the post-fight interview, De La Hoya easily admitted that he told the referee that he did not feel well after the overthrow, saying you had to endure those losses just as you win the victories. For Rios however, it was a huge win considering he was almost retired not so long ago.
Joet Gonzalez and Manuel Avila, featherweight, were also in the game. Avila tried to start quickly, but quickly collapsed under the constant pressure that Gonzalez was exercising. From the sixth lap, Avila took a beating with her right eye swollen and continued to take even more clean shots before her corner finally threw the sponge. Gonzalez (23-0, 14 KOs) is now waiting to be vying for a world title before the end of the year, stating that he must fight Shakur Stevenson or Joseph Diaz Jr. – two that he considers as buffooneries on social media. Avila (23-2-1, 8 KOs), meanwhile, returns to the drawing board.
In the opening fight of the main card, another potential player of Rocky Hernandez (28-1, 25 KO) got angry with Roger Gutierrez (22-3-1, 19 KO) in the first round of the match . Hernandez started the round very well, seeming to settle in the fight, but then ate suddenly a monster from Gutierrez's right hand who immediately lowered him. Hernandez would barely be able to get up, and would fall back to the canvas with his legs still shaking. At this point, the referee really had no choice but to end the fight. Hernandez did not seem too happy with this decision, but he was clearly compromised.