Tomoki Kameda: Unbeaten in 31 fights

Credit Photo: By Naoki Fukuda05  –

Tomoki Kameda kept on course for a unification fight with Jamie McDonnell as he retained his WBO bantamweight title in Chicago.

The unbeaten Japanese won a split-decision verdict over Mexico’s Alejandro Hernandez, earning a 115-113 victory on two cards and going down by the same margin on the third.

Kameda was fighting in the United States for just a second time, and his third outing on American soil is likely to come against Doncaster’s WBA champion McDonnell early next year.

That fight, confirmed in principle by Eddie Hearn earlier this week, now rests on McDonnell defending his belt against Walberto Ramos on the undercard of the Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch – live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Hernandez caused Kameda problems late in the fight, opening a cut above the champion’s left eye in the ninth and finishing strongly.

But Kameda had plenty of rounds in the bank having dominated early on, and the stats were overwhelmingly in his favour.

The 23-year-old landed more punches, including almost half of 320 power shots thrown.

Date:  Saturday, November 1, 2014


Location:   UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Promoter:   Warriors Boxing / Leon Margules

Supervisor:  John Duggan

Referee:     Genaro Rodriguez

Judges:   Bill Lerch (115-113); Michael Pernick (115-113);  Dennis Nelson (113-115)

Results:  The Champion Tomoki Kameda defended and retained the WBO Bantamweight Title with a split decision over Alejandro “Payasito” Hernández.

TV:  USA Showtime



Undefeated WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda will make the third defense of his title against interim titlist and mandatory challenger Alejandro Hernandez on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the co-feature of a Showtime Boxing: Special Edition.
In the main event of the tripleheader, popular light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Fonfara will return to his adopted hometown against experienced veteran Doudou Ngumbu in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown from UIC Pavilion at University of Illinois in Chicago.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated super featherweight contender and former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion Javier Fortuna will take on twice-beaten Puerto Rican Abner Cotto in a 10-round super featherweight bout. The event, titled “The Homecoming,” is promoted by Warriors Boxing.

Chicago’s Fonfara, 26, a native of Warsaw, Poland, had won 13 in a row before a hard-fought loss to WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson this past May in a thrilling battle on SHOWTIME. A heavy underdog, Fonfara floored the champion in his hometown of Montreal in the ninth round in a showdown that was closer than most experts anticipated.

Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) is now 15-1 with one no-contest since July 2008. The WBC No. 6 contender at 175 pounds, Fonfara has defeated three former world title holders -Byron Mitchell (TKO 3), Glen Johnson (a clear 10-round decision in perhaps a career-best victory) and Gabriel Campillo (TKO 9) -in his last six starts.

Fonfara, who campaigned for much of his career at 168 pounds and below, has only lost once at light heavyweight, and that loss was to Stevenson, widely considered as the top fighter in the world at 175 pounds. The 6-foot-2 Fonfara, who turns 27 three days after the showdown with Ngumbu, will return to Chicago for his eighth fight in his last nine starts.

A boxer with superb stamina and surprising power, Fonfara’s iron chin allows him to outlast his opponents and come on in the later rounds of his fights.

The 32-year old Ngumbu, of Toulouse, France by way of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will make his U.S. and North American debut. Originally a soccer player, Ngumbu found boxing at age 18 and turned professional at 25. The former African champion (33-5, 12 KOs) is vastly experienced, having fought 247 rounds to Fonfara’s 129.

The 5-foot-11 Ngumbu is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Johnny Muller in June in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and has gone the 12-round distance six times since 2009.

Ngumbu holds a 2013 win over former world title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov, who lost in 2010 to then-WBA Light Heavyweight Champ Beibut Shumenov. Ngumbu also has a 12-round unanimous decision win over Aleksy Kuziemski, who challenged Nathan Cleverly for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in 2011.

Ngumbu’s long arms and fast hands allow him to come forward with an unorthodox but aggressive attack from unpredictable angles. His tendency to keep his hands at his sides makes all of his fights exciting affairs.

Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, is coming off a brutal 7th round knockout victory of former WBO Bantamweight Champ Pungluang Singyu in his U.S. debut on July 12.

The victory over Singyu was the biggest win of the 23-year-old’s career. Singyu had formerly held the same championship belt until losing it to Paulus Ambunda in March 2013. Ambunda lost his belt to Kameda in his first and only defense of the title last August via unanimous decision.

Kameda and his two brothers, Koki and Daiki are among the most famous fighters in the history of Japanese boxing, and all three recently held world titles at the same time. While Tomoki held the WBO Bantamweight Championship, Koki was the WBA Bantamweight Champion until he voluntarily relinquished the title in December in order to move down to flyweight, and Daiki was the IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion until he lost by decision last December.

Kameda moved to Mexico when he was 15 years old to learn an aggressive fighting style and quickly earned the Spanish nickname “El Mexicanito” (The Little Mexican). A true boxer-puncher with extremely fast hands, Kameda continues to train in Mexico, but has since moved back to Japan where his family enjoys celebrity status.

Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, won the vacant Interim WBO Bantamweight World Championship with a unanimous decision over countryman Daniel Rosas on June 14.

The 28-year-old Hernandez has won three fights in a row at bantamweight and is a former world title challenger at 115 and 112 pounds. Hernandez fought to a draw for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight Championship to then-undefeated Marvin Sonsona in 2009 and lost a unanimous decision to then-WBO Flyweight Champion and current WBO Super Flyweight kingpin Omar Andres Narvaez in 2008.

A fearless “do or die” slugger from the classic Mexican warrior mold, Hernandez comes forward relentlessly behind powerful combinations to the head and body.

Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs), of Dominican Republic, is a former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion – he won the vacant belt against previously undefeated Patrick Hyland in 2012. The southpaw was set to defend his crown in April of 2013 against Miguel Zamudio but lost the title on the scales after failing to make weight. He knocked Zamudio down twice en route to a devastating first round knockout and then gradually settled into the 130-pound division.

Fortuna, 25, is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Juan Antonio Rodriguez on May 31 in Las Vegas and is just one fight removed from a knockout of former world title challenger Francisco Lorenzo.

Fortuna, who is known for his explosive speed and highlight reel knockouts, only has one blemish on his record – a controversial draw against Luis Franco in August of 2013.

Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs), a relative of future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto, was a top amateur in Puerto Rico – he won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and compiled a record of 235-20 before turning pro.

The 27-year-old Cotto is coming off a split-decision victory of Jerry Belmontes in August and his only two losses have come against top competition. He lost to undefeated WBC 135-pound champ Omar Figueroa in a non-title bout in 2013 and to top 130-pound contender Francisco Vargas this past March.

Additional bouts and the undercard will be announced shortly.


By Rick Reeno –

The bids are in for the mandatory fight between WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19KOs) and top rated challenger Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15KOs). Warriors Boxing, taking part on behalf of Kameda, secured the rights with a bid of $603,000 dollars. All Star Boxing, who have Hernandez, bid far less at $151,000 dollars. The date and location of the fight will be announced in the coming days.

Kameda debuted last month in the United States as part of the Saul Alvarez-Erislandy Lara undercard from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He knocked out Pungluang Sor Singyu in seven rounds. After the fight he signed an agreement with influential manager/adviser Al Haymon.

Hernandez became the mandatory challenger in June when he captured the WBO’s interim title with an upset decision over countryman Daniel Rosas.

The purse bid split is 80-20 in favor of the champion. Team Kameda says November 1 is being targeted for the fight, possibly at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.–80819


Mexico City, Mexico: The team for WBO Bantamweight interim champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico will request purse bids for the mandatory fight against Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda.

The WBO had given the parties involved a 30 day period in order to negotiate and make the fight happen within 90 days. If there is no agreement they will call for purse bids.

“After receiving the letter from the WBO, I have tried to reach out to Kameda´s team with no success, we will request the WBO to call for purse bids” said Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. “We want to fulfill our obligations with the organization, and after talking with “Payasito” and my partner Ricardo Maldonado Jr we have the same goal which is bringing the fight to our hometown of Mexico City. We know him very well after sparring many times in Mexico and we are sure of the victory” he added.

Tomorrow Hernandez will be given the recently acquired belt by WBO ratings chairman Luis Perez at the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford show at El Plaza Condesa, which is headlined by David “Severo” Carmona who faces Ricardo Rodriguez for the WBO World Youth super flyweight title.–80295


Foto por: Eric Jamison / Artículo por Salvador Rodríguez

Tomoki Kameda derribó con un gancho de izquierda al tailandés Pungluang Singyu

LAS VEGAS — El japonés avecindado en México, Tomoki ‘Mexicanito’ Kameda, tuvo una dura prueba en su presentación en Las Vegas ante el tailandés Pungluang Sor Singyu, pero la pasó magistralmente con un estupendo gancho al hígado para acabar la pelea al minuto y 35 segundos del séptimo asalto.

Kameda retuvo el cetro gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo tras haber padecido por momentos en la pelea, aunque sacó la casta y acabó con la marca de la casa, el golpeo al cuerpo, que le rindió grandes frutos conforme se iba haciendo añejo el pleito.

El japonés arrancó muy nervioso la pelea, motivo de su debut en Las Vegas, no se podía asentar en el ring y el tailandés Pungluang aprovechó para meter fuertes combinaciones al cuerpo y hasta en el cuarto asalto logró hacerlo tambalear.

Sin embargo, con las indicaciones del mexicano Rubén Lira en la esquina, poco a poco fue asentando más su pegada, buscando al cuerpo, fintando y recorriendo el ring evitando los choques de poder, hasta que castigó sólido al al hígado con un gancho y sacó el triunfo.

Sor Singyu se fue a la lona de manera espectacular y se retorcía en la lona por el dolor, lo que hizo aún más dramático el final del pleito, con el que mejoró su marca a 30-0 y 19 nocauts. El tailandés se quedó con 46-3 y 31 nocauts.

Kameda y Sor Singyu iban empatados en la pelea en una de las tarjetas a 57 puntos, en otra iba ganando el tailandés por 58-56 y en la tercera el monarca iba arriba por 58-56, lo que habló de lo competitivo del duelo.

En las estadísticas finales, Kameda conectó 129 de 299 golpes tirados, mientras que Sor Singyu apenas 73 de los 293 que lanzó en el pleito.

Tomoki Kameda v Immanuel Naidjala - WBO Bantamweight Title

Tomoki Kameda landed a brutal liver shot that ended Pungluang Sor Singyu’s night on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara.

The WBO bantamweight title was on the line as a special pre-pay-per-view attraction before the Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara main card. Undefeated Tomoki Kameda was defending his title against former champion Pungluang Sor Singyu.

The bout was entertaining, but fought in front of a mostly empty arena as Las Vegas boxing crowds arrive late, so a pre-PPV bout wasn’t going to have much by way of fans in the stands.

Singyu was able to land some big shots and even badly hurt Kameda in round four. But Kameda appeared to be clearly up on the cards heading into round seven.

In round seven, Kameda landed some solid shots that cut Singyu around his left eye before landing a brilliant body shot at 1:35 of the round, freezing Singyu in place and causing him to collapse to the canvas in awful pain.

Singyu would not get to his feet as Kameda retained his title with a TKO.

It turned out that the official cards had the fight closer than most observers as it was a draw after six rounds, 58-56 Kameda, 58-56 Singyu and 57-57.

Date:  Saturday, July 12, 2014

WBO Bantamweight Championship Bout

Location:  MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Promoter:  Golden Boy Promotions

Supervisor:   Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Referee:  Russell Mora

Judges:  Patricia Morse Jarman, Richard Houck, Cathy Leonard

Results:  Champion Tomoki Kameda retains WBO Bantamweight Title against  Pungluang Sor Singyu by KO in the 7th. round.

TV:  USA Showtime


By Miguel Rivera –

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18KOs) is training very hard for the upcoming defense of his title against Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31KOs) on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.


Kameda and Sor Singyu have a common opponent in Paulus Ambunda. The unbeaten Japanase boxer won his title from Ambunda, who holds a decision over Sor Singyu.


Kameda is currently training in Mexico with Cuban trainer Osmiri “El Moro” Fernández.






Por Circe Cuevas –

Este miércoles se llevo a cabo una conferencia de prensa en el nuevo KAMEDA GYM, de Tokio, Japón, en donde el campeón mundial gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el japonés Tomoki Kameda, anuncio su primera defensa obligatoria, ante el retador oficial y ex campeón mundial del mismo organismo, el   tailandés Pungluang Sor Singy.


Esta será apenas su segunda defensa para Kameda, desde que se corono campeón del mundo, el pasado mes de agosto. La defensa es obligatoria, por ser ordenada por la OMB.


La pelea ya está pactada con el retador oficial, pero falta decidir el lugar y la fecha. El duelo mundialista pudiera ser realizado en Japón o en Estados Unidos.


“Quiero combatir fuera de mi país, ya lo he hecho varias veces en Mexico y ahora quiero hacerlo en Estados Unidos,” dijo Kameda a NotiFight. “Deseo aprender muchas cosas y que la gente conozca mi boxeo. Creo que si voy a otra plaza, podré subir de nivel. Quiero enfrentar a los mejores. Soy campeón y quiero ser el mejor boxeador en cada categoría en la que combata.” zithromax price




By Joe Koizumi –

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Unbeaten Japanese speedster Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBO bantamweight title as he positively outjabbed and outpunched previously unbeaten Immanuel Naidjala (17-1-1, 11 KOs), 118, from Namibia, winning a unanimous verdict over twelve fast rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.  It was the second of a world title tripleheader.

Adelaide Byrd, Don Trella and Carlos Ortiz Jr., all from the US, saw the unanimous affair 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 respectively in Tomoki’s favor.  The third man was Robert Byrd, US.

Tomoki, 22, proved faster and busier throughout the contest in his first defense since he dethroned Namibian Paulus Ambunda by a unanimous nod in Cebu, Philippines, this August.

It was a rather easy fight for Tomoki since he quickly took the initiative in round two, when he connected with a solid left hook and almost topped the 29-year-old Namibian, whose hand speed had been highly expected.  But Tomoki proved his hand was faster than the unbeaten challenger who had gained the WBO Africa belt and IBF international belts in the 118-pound category.

It was Tomoki that positively made his fight by throwing good jabs and body shots to the less aggressive African.  Naidjala, as tall as the champ, turned loose in rounds six and seven, when he landed a good right to the champ’s face as Tomoki looked temporarily less aggressive after his opening attack in earlier rounds.

From the eighth on did Kameda regain his rhythm in mixing it up to score with quick combinations in the close range.  His body attack looked effective enough to make Naidjala fading down the stretch.

The champ said, “I’m not satisfied with my performance.  I wished to finish this challenger, but couldn’t.  I’ll win in my next mandatory title bout.”  The top contender is Randy Caballero, 20-0, 12 KOs, NABO bantam champ from California, who may be a threat against the Japanese speedster.









En un duelo co-estelar de la súper velada Kameda-Solís, en una promoción de Kameda Promtions, este martes por la noche, en el Coliseo Bodymaker de la ciudad de Osaka, Japón, el campeón mundial gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el japonés Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda, retuvo su faja con éxito, al vencer, por amplia decisión unánime en doce vueltas, al ahora ex invicto retador de Namibia, Immanuel Naidjala.

La reyerta mundialista comenzó con el clásico primer asalto de estudio, en donde ninguno regalo una pulgada de territorio y se tantearon con el jab, desde la media distancia.

Naidjala salió agresivo en el segundo, soltando toda clase de golpes de poder al cuerpo y la cabeza. Kameda aprovecho los especios expuesto en las embestidas del namibio, para conectar sus propios golpdes de poder, con escalofriante precisión.

En el tercero, Kameda fue castigando el cuerpo del Namibio, con paciencia, entrando adentro con malas intenciones. Naidjala retrocedio y abanicaba sus golpes.

El retador intento entrar en la pelea en el cuarto, pero he vencido en casi todos los intercambios con dolorosos golpes del campeón japonés, quien asestaba con espeluznante velocidad y precisión, especialmente el gancho de izquierdo al hígado.

Kameda continuo presionando en el quinto, pero esta vez, el retador logro finalmente colocar sus manos y tuvo sus momentos. El japonés reagrupo temporalmente y se fue al asecho, volviendo a marcar al cuerpo.

La peleo se nivelo en el sexto y séptimo, en donde ambos peleadores conectaron, pero el campeón continuaba aventajando por su efectiva presión y contragolpe, mientras que el namibio retrocedía. Kameda simplemente marcaba con claridad y Naidjala tenía problemas con su puntería.

En el octavo y noveno, más de lo mismo, el campeón Kameda continuo en control de las acciones, ante un Naidjala que ya no ofrecía una ofensiva seria y su defensa se deterioraba, al dejar entrar toda clase de golpes del campin japonés.

Naidjala soltó mejor sus manos en el décimo, llegando a marcar al japonés en el centro del ring. Kameda continúo presionando y obligando al retador a seguir peleando en retroceso.

Presintiendo que se le escapa la pelea, Naidjala fue más agresivo en los dos asaltos de campeonato, buscando un golpe de gracia. Kameda to toreo y siguió cocinando el cuerpo, con ganchos de izquierdas, que entraban como puñales a la zona hepática. Hacia al final del doceavo, el campeón cerro fuerte con un dominio total del ring.

Al final, los tres jueces vieron ganar ampliamente a Tomoki Kameda con puntos de 119-109, 118-110 y 117-111.

Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda avanzo su invicto a 29-0 y 18 KOs. Immanuel Naidjala pierde por primera vez en su carrera y quedo con record de 17-1-1 y 11 KOs.


Date:  December 3, 2013

Title:  WBO Bantamweight Championship

Location:  Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan

Promoter:  Kameda Promotions

Supervisor: Leon Panoncillo, Jr.

Referee:  Robert Byrd

Judges:   Adalaide Byrd (119-109); Don Trella (118-110); Carlos Ortiz (117-111)

Results:  Kameda won over Immanuel Naidjala by unanimous decision.


Born on July 12, 1991 in Osaka, Japan.  He is an undefeated Japanese Mexican boxer and the youngest brother of the two world champions, Koki and Daiki.

Tomoki Kameda, created history for his clan and Japan when he beat, WBO Bantamweight Champion Paulus Ambunda in his first defense. His clan were registered officially in The Guinness Books of Records because they are the first trio of brothers world-wide champions in the history of boxing.

Kameda in his amateur career he was training for the Beijing Olympics with a record of 35-1-1 in Japan, but he was to young to participate in the Olympics, instead of waiting he choose to turn pro.  He was champion of seven regional and minor titles.


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By Rene Perez –

Japan’s Tomoki Kameda lifted his first world title on Thursday, when he won a unanimous decision over WBO bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda of Namibia in the Philippines.

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It was the first world title for Kameda, the youngest of three professional boxing brothers. His oldest brother, Koki, is the WBA bantamweight champion, while his brother Daiki is a former WBA flyweight champ.

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“Achieving my dream, my father’s dream makes me truly happy,” Tomoki said.

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According to the Japan Boxing Commission, they are the first trio of brothers to have won world titles. The younger Kameda became Japan’s first champion recognized by the WBO, which the JBC joined this year.

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By Jake Donovan –

The Kameda family is now forever etched into the history books.

Tomoki Kameda bested Paulus Ambunda by unanimous decision to win a bantamweight belt Thursday evening in Cebu, Philippines. The feat makes the Kameda brothers the first trio in boxing history to have all won a major title.

Scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112 in favor of Kameda, who also becomes the first ever fighter from Japan to win a WBO belt.

Kameda literally had his family in corner for the anticipated historic moment. His father served as chief second, while older brothers Koki (presently a bantamweight titlist) and Daiki (former 115 lb. beltholder in pursuit of a second title reign) served as corner assistants. All sported pink t-shirts with “3” on the front and references to Guinness Book of World Records on the back.

The 22-year old certainly did his part to ensure the family’s place in boxing history, utilizing his three-inch height advantage as he boxed beautifully in the early rounds. Ambunda, an unbeaten titlist from Namibia, tried his hardest to leave as champion, but simply couldn’t work his way inside. Worse, his leaky defense made for an inviting body attack on the occasions when Kameda chose to stand and trade.

Ambunda punched his way into the fight in round five, the first round he won outright on all three scorecards. Kameda spent most of the round avoiding the incoming, tactics which would lose him rounds even in his native Japan – where such movement is regarded by the nation’s officials as “giving your ground.”

Any chance of momentum swaying in favor of the defending titlist came to a screeching halt one round later. Kameda was back in control by round six, alternating between lateral movement and banging Ambunda’s body like a drum. Ambunda hit the deck towards rounds end, but the sequence was correctly ruled a slip.

The second half of the fight was similar to the preceding rounds. Kameda remained in control for as long as he wanted, building up a massive enough lead to where he could afford to take a break whenever he felt the need.

With three minutes to go, though, the adrenaline began to flow as he saw history well within his reach. Kameda emphatically sealed the round, complete with a last second knockdown which either went undetected or virtually ignored by the referee as the fight came to a close.

The reading of the scorecards was a mere formality, other than to cement Kameda’s place in boxing history for his nation and for his family on a much larger scale. The youngest of the fighting brother trio was understandably emotional once officially announced as winner and new bantamweight titlist.

“This is a dream come true, for myself and my father. All brothers have now become champions,” said a tearful Tomoki before turning to his family for his final shout out. “Thank you for aiding me.”

Ambunda, who turns 33 next week, falls to 20-1 (10KO). The fight was his first outside of Namibia.

Kameda’s win marks just the second time in boxing history where brothers simultaneously reign as titlists in the same weight class. Both moments are currently in the present – Tomoki and Koki both serve as bantamweight titlists, while Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are in possession of all of the alphabet hardware.

The Kameda family could have company on its tail. The thought of three brothers winning titles – even in an era of splintered championships – is a rare feat, but the Morales brothers are within reach of the same goal. Ivan Morales is a rising super flyweight contender; a future title win would join Diego and his far more famous older brother Erik Morales as family members who have claimed champion status.

Still, there is more history to be made for the Kamedas. Middle brother Daiki, previously a super flyweight titlist, is a month – and a win – away from a potential second title reign, as he faces Rodrigo Guerrero for a vacant belt in September.

A win by Daiki would mark a feat that will most likely never be matched, as all three brothers would simultaneously serve as active title holders.

Nothing is forever – there will be future fighters from Japan to win WBO belts. As mentioned, the Morales family could become the next trio of brothers to claim championship status. There could even be another set of three brothers to win belts at the same time.

But the thing about history is that there can only be one first for each category. Tomoki Kameda’s efforts Thursday evening in the Philippines secured that right for his family.–68239

Date:  Thursday, August 1, 2013

WBO Bantamweight Championship

Location:  Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines

Promoter:   Kameda Promotions

Supervisor:    Luis Perez

Referee:    Raul Caiz, Sr.

Judges:   Tom Miller (117-111), Waleska Roldan (116-112), Carlos Colon (118-110) 

Result:    Tomoki Kameda won the title, bested Paulus Ambunda by unanimous decision.  Kameda becomes the first ever fighter from Japan to win a WBO belt.


CEBU, Philippines — The WBO head office in Puerto Rico has named a panel of neutral officials for the title clash between bantamweight world champion Paulus Ambunda (20-0, 10 KOs) of Namibia and Japanese challenger Tomoki Kameda (27-0, 18 KOs) of Japan this Thursday (Aug 1) at the Waterfront Resort & Casino here in the City of Cebu, 1,000 Km south-east of the Philippine’s capital, Manila.

Ringside Judges are Thomas Miller of Ohio, Waleska Roldan of New York, and Carlos Colon of Puerto Rico. The referee is Mexican-American third man Raul Caiz Sr. of California and the WBO supervisor is Luis A. Perez of Puerto Rico. The WBO President Francisco Valcarcel, already in the Philippines, will be in attendance.

The Ambunda-Kameda fight billed as “BATTE OF THE UNDEFEATED” is a production of Cebuano promoter Rex “Wakee” Salud in association with Kameda Promotions and the Waterfront Hotel & Casino.


By:  Edri K. Aznar –


WORLD Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight titleholder Paulus Ambunda arrives in Cebu City early for his first world title defense on Aug. 1 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino against unbeaten Japanese prospect Tomoki Kameda.


The 32-year-old Namibian star is scheduled to arrive at Mactan Cebu International Airport at 7 tonight from South Africa.


Ambunda won the WBO belt last March in his hometown in Windhoek, Namibia. He dethroned then-champion Pungluang Sor Singyu, who beat AJ Banal for the vacant crown, via unanimous decision. It’ll be his first title defense.


Tomoki, on the other hand, is a hungry young fighter that wants to follow in the footsteps of his brothers Koki and Daiki. Koki, the eldest of the fighting Kameda brothers, is the current World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight champion, while Daiki is a former WBA flyweight titleholder.


Tomoki made a name in the international boxing circuit by fighting in Mexico, thus the moniker “Mexicanito”. He hopes to make a name for himself in the Philippines with a win over Ambunda.


Ambunda is unbeaten with an impressive 20-0 slate with 10 knockouts, while the 22-year-old Tomoki is 27-0 with 18 knockouts.


The main supporting bout features Marlon Tapales (22-2, 9 KOs) taking on fellow Filipino prospect Fredirex Rodriguez (11-2-1, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight belt.


The undercard is also beefed up with an exciting war between former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (34-12-5, 24 KOs) and 22-year-old journeyman Gerpaul Valero (14-14, 10 KOs).