CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Tomoki Kameda, the youngest of the three boxing Kameda brothers, and WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell of Britain both made weight on Saturday, a day ahead of their title rematch.
Both fighters needed just one try to make weight, with both checking in at 53.4 kg in Corpus Christi. Kameda and his two brothers are indefinitely banned from fighting on home soil after the Japan Boxing Commission refused to renew licenses to their gym.
In May, the 24-year-old Tomoki sent the 29-year-old McDonnell to the canvas in the third round and landed more hard punches than his opponent but failed to dethrone McDonnell, who will be making his third title defense in the bout at American Bank Center.
“I will win if I follow my game plan,” said Kameda, who was handed his first professional defeat by McDonnell in a unanimous decision in May, with all three judges scored the fight 114-113 for the Englishman.
“This time it will definitely be a match in which anyone will see I’m the winner.”
Daiki, 26, the middle Kameda brother, will fight on the same card in a non-title bout against Mexican Victor Luiz and also made his contracted weight in what will be his first fight since the end of 2013.
“There’s some fear but I’ll overcome that as well as the opposition,” Kameda said. “I’ll beat him in three rounds.”
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