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Kameda defends WBO bantamweight title

Kyodo, AFP-JIJI

World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda beat Namibian challenger Immanuel Naidjala by unanimous decision to retain his title on Tuesday.

Judges scored the 12-round title match 117-111, 118-110, 119-109 in favor of the 22-year-old Japanese, who nonetheless failed to live up to his overnight promise that he would finish off Naidjala in six rounds.

There was no knockdown in the fight between the two hitherto unbeaten boxers at the Osaka Bodymaker Colosseum.

It was 22-year-old Kameda’s first defense of the title that he won by beating Namibian Paulus Ambunda on August 31 in the Philippine city of Cebu.

The two boxers exchanged fast punches early on, but Kameda got the upper hand after waging a fight at close range in the third round.

“I feel happy to have won the fight. I was quite confident this time but I could not fight in my style of boxing,” said Kameda whose unscathed record stretched to 29 wins, 18 by knockout.

“I want to fight better next time.”

For the 29-year-old Namibian, the sixth-ranked WBO contender, it was his first loss in a career studded with 17 wins, 11 of them inside the distance, and one draw.

Also Tuesday, Katsunari Takayama overwhelmed Philippine challenger Virgilio Silvano with a unanimous decision to retain his IBF minimumweight title.

There was no knockdown in the 12-round title bout with judges scoring 118-110, 120-108 and 118-110 in favor of the 30-year-old Takayama, who was fighting at home for the first time in more than four years.

Takayama wrested the title from Mexico’s Mario Rodriguez by unanimous decision in Mar ch in Guasave, Mexico.

He gave up his Japanese professional boxing license in late 2009 to concentrate on fighting abroad, but regained it after winning the IBF crown.

With quicker footwork, Takayama remained the aggressor from the first round when he staggered Silvano with a right hook.

In the seventh round, the right-handed Takayama punished the No. 6 IBF contender in a corner with a flurry of punches.

Takayama lost the ninth round when two judges scored 10-9 for Silvano.

“I feel relieved. I thought I might be able to knock him out but Silvano held on,” said Takayama, whose record improved to 26-6 (10 KOs).

The 23-year-old Philippine boxer said: “Takayama was fast and experienced. I have sustained limited damage but he was a clever fighter with powerful right straights.”

Silvano fell to 16-3-1.