• Kyodo


WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda’s opponent next month has changed again after Juan Carlos Payano notified organizers he cannot make the trip to Japan because of passport problems.

Kameda Gym announced Thursday that it will choose the new opponent for Kameda’s sixth title defense on April 7 at Osaka’s Bodymaker Colosseum.

The sixth-ranked Payano, of the Dominican Republic, had only replaced Venezuelan Yonfrez Parejo on Tuesday due to unspecified trouble in Parejo’s camp.

Kameda was fed up with the latest change.

“It wears on you when it keeps happening over and over,” said the 26-year-old fighter, who is 29-1 in his career. “All I can do is try and stay focused.”

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