Date set for Kameda-Sakata fight

Kyodo News

WBA flyweight champion Daiki Kameda will make his first title defense against former champion and countryman Takefumi Sakata in September, boxing sources said Wednesday.

“No matter what it takes, I’m determined to retain my belt,” Kameda said at a news conference in Tokyo the same day. “It won’t be a close fight whether I beat him by knockout or decision.”

Sakata, speaking at the same conference, said, “Daiki is getting stronger and stronger. I’m going to have to fight body and soul to become the new champion.”

The match is slated for Sept. 25 at Tokyo Big Sight.

The 21-year-old Kameda has a record of 17-2 with 11 knockouts, while Sakata, 30, is 36-5 (17 KOs) with two draws.

“Sakata is a great boxer. It’s no wonder he has successfully defended the world title four times,” Kameda added.