Kameda outpoints De La Mora in 12-round title defense


WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda successfully defended the title for the second time in a unanimous decision over Mexican challenger David De La Mora on Wednesday.

Kameda sent De La Mora to the canvas with a left counter punch in the third round and continued to wrack up points afterward in the 12-rounder at Nippon Budokan.

The 24-year-old Kameda improved to a 26-1 record, including 16 knockouts. De La Mora, 23, appearing in his first world title bout, slipped to 23-1 (16 KOs).

“De La Mora is a young and talented fighter. It was a good fight,” said Kameda. “I have to train harder. I will just do my best in each match.”

Earlier, challenger Tomonobu Shimizu won a split decision over champion Hugo Cazares to claim the WBA super flyweight crown in his third crack at a world title.

The 30-year-old Shimizu improved to a 19-3 record, including nine knockouts, with one draw. Cazares, who was making his fifth title defense, slipped to a 35-7-2 record (25 KOs).

Shimizu circled around Cazares, hitting the Mexican champion with a stinging left jab while throwing blows to the body. The Japanese fighter controlled most of the bout, except for the middle rounds where Cazares forced him back in a slugfest.

“I feel like I have finally realized my dream now that I have the belt wrapped around my waist,” said Shimizu. “Usually I would have been in trouble when Cazares came at me like he did during the match, but my training paid off,” he said.