THE crowd at the Dignity Health Sports Park lustily booed the decision given to defending WBC super-bantamweight champion Rey Vargas over Tomoki Kameda. However, Kameda of all people did not agree, saying: “Vargas definitely won the fight.”
Kameda’s sportsmanship, save for a brief lapse in the 12th, was as refreshing as the effort he put forth in the ring. The challenger carried the fight to Vargas and made his Japanese fans proud. He probably deserved closer scores than he got from judges Kevin Scott, Zachary Young, and Lou Moret, all of whom had it 117-110.
For Kameda, a former WBO bantamweight champion, it was all about getting to the top again. Vargas, making his fifth defence, said all the right things beforehand, but was looking past Kameda to a unification fight with IBF and WBA champion Daniel Roman.