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Koki says sorry – six times

Koki Kameda has beaten Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym by a split decision to retain his WBA bantamweight title.

At the end of the bout in Osaka on Sunday two judges scored it 115-113 and 115-114 in favour of the Japanese fighter and one made it 116-113 for the Thai challenger.

Kameda later apologised for what he said was a poor performance.

"I'm sorry," Kameda repeated six times during a short post-match interview. "It was not good at all. I'm very sorry for so many fans here."

It was Kameda's sixth defence since he won the vacant title by beating Alexander Munoz of Venezuela in December 2010. His record now stands at 30 wins, including 17 knockouts, against one defeat.

Panomroonglek, 29 and ranked eighth by the WBA, now has 36 wins, including 19 KOs, against two defeats.

Kameda is one of the members of a boxing family with a reputation. His brother Daiki, was suspended from boxing for a year for using dirty tactics during his failed title bid against WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito in October 2007.

Koki was reprimanded by the Japan Boxing Commission for urging Daiki to fight dirty. for using dirty tactics

Their father, Shiro Kameda, has been barred by the WBC from serving as a corner man for abusing officials. He has also been banned for life by the Japanese boxing authorities.


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