Ryan Songalia

Split fortunes for Kameda brothers in Japan, Takayama retains



It was a night to remember for one Kameda brother at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan, on Tuesday, and a night to forget for another.

While Tomoki Kameda made the first successful defense of his WBO bantamweight title with a unanimous-decision victory over Immanuel Naidjala, older brother Daiki Kameda dropped a split decision to Liborio Solis in a junior bantamweight title unification bout.

One judge scored it 115-113 for Kameda, while the other two had it 116-112 for Solis.

Daiki Kameda retained his IBF title, however, as Solis came in 2.5 pounds over the 115-pound weight limit the day before. The WBA belt that Solis brought into Japan now becomes vacant.

Though Solis (16-3-1, 7 knockouts) had an almost full division’s weight advantage over Kameda (29-4, 18 KOs), it was Kameda who came forward most of the time. Solis, a native of Maracay, Venezuela, preferred to box more. Still, much of the action was ugly, as the two tangled often, to the point of drawing warnings from referee Tony Weeks for holding and hitting.

altThe loss was the 24-year-old Kameda’s first since 2011, when he lost the WBA junior bantamweight title to Thailand’s Tepparith Kokietgym in the same building. Kameda had previously won the WBA flyweight title in 2010, making two defenses before moving up in weight.

Earlier in the night, 22-year-old Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs) handled business in outboxing his Namibian opponent by the scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.

Kameda, who is the first Japanese fighter to win a WBO belt after the organization gained recognition from the Japanese Boxing Commisson earlier this year, had a much tougher time in his first defense than in his title-winning effort, as the previously unbeaten Naidjala (17-1-1, 11 KOs) never stopped coming through 12 rounds.

The two Kamedas are part of Japan’s first family of boxing. Their older brother Koki Kameda has held versions of the junior flyweight and flyweight titles, and currently holds the “regular” WBA bantamweight title, though Panama’s Anselmo Moreno is currently recognized by THE RING as the WBA bantamweight titleholder.

In the night’s first world title bout, Katsunari Takayama (26-6, 10 KOs) retained his IBF strawweight title with a dominating unanimous-decision victory against overmatched Filipino challenger Vergilio Silvano (17-3-1, 10 KOs). The scores were 118-110 on two cards and 120-108 on a third.

The bout was Takayama’s first defense of the title he won in March with a unanimous-decision win over Mario Rodriguez in Mexico.


Photos: Atsushi Tomura-Getty Images (Tomoki Kameda); JIJI Press-AFP/Getty Images (Takayama)


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