Koki Kameda to fight world title bout abroad for 1st time


WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda’s first overseas world title fight is set for Nov. 19 in Jeju, South Korea, against 13th-ranked Son Jung Oh, organizers announced Tuesday.

Only three Japanese boxers have successfully defended their title abroad, including Takashi Miura who retained the WBC super featherweight crown in August.

Kameda will try to hold on to his belt for the eighth time.

“Being Japanese, I cannot lose a fight between Japan and Korea,” Kameda said. “I’m fighting away so there’s no telling what will happen if it goes to a decision.”

“I’ve got to put him out for good.”

Kameda, with 31 wins and one defeat from 32 matches, has failed to knock out his opponent the last four bouts. The 32-year-old Son, 20-4-2 in 26 fights, is challenging his first world title.

Kameda has been ordered to fight WBA super champion Anselmo Moreno in a title unification bout, but the body has accepted Kameda’s request to be allowed to choose his own opponent for this next fight.