Tomoki Kameda wins split decision against Alejandro Hernandez to stay on course for Jamie McDonnell fight

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Tomoki Kameda: Unbeaten in 31 fights

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Tomoki Kameda kept on course for a unification fight with Jamie McDonnell as he retained his WBO bantamweight title in Chicago.

The unbeaten Japanese won a split-decision verdict over Mexico’s Alejandro Hernandez, earning a 115-113 victory on two cards and going down by the same margin on the third.

Kameda was fighting in the United States for just a second time, and his third outing on American soil is likely to come against Doncaster’s WBA champion McDonnell early next year.

That fight, confirmed in principle by Eddie Hearn earlier this week, now rests on McDonnell defending his belt against Walberto Ramos on the undercard of the Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch – live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Hernandez caused Kameda problems late in the fight, opening a cut above the champion’s left eye in the ninth and finishing strongly.

But Kameda had plenty of rounds in the bank having dominated early on, and the stats were overwhelmingly in his favour.

The 23-year-old landed more punches, including almost half of 320 power shots thrown.

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11/01/2014 Tomoki Kameda vs. Alejandro Hernandez

Date:  Saturday, November 1, 2014

WBO BANTAMWEIGHT  TITLE BOUT

Location:   UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Promoter:   Warriors Boxing / Leon Margules

Supervisor:  John Duggan

Referee:     Genaro Rodriguez

Judges:   Bill Lerch (115-113); Michael Pernick (115-113);  Dennis Nelson (113-115)

Results:  The Champion Tomoki Kameda defended and retained the WBO Bantamweight Title with a split decision over Alejandro “Payasito” Hernández.

TV:  USA Showtime

Kameda, Fonfara, Fortuna headline Nov 1

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Undefeated WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda will make the third defense of his title against interim titlist and mandatory challenger Alejandro Hernandez on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the co-feature of a Showtime Boxing: Special Edition.
In the main event of the tripleheader, popular light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Fonfara will return to his adopted hometown against experienced veteran Doudou Ngumbu in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown from UIC Pavilion at University of Illinois in Chicago.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated super featherweight contender and former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion Javier Fortuna will take on twice-beaten Puerto Rican Abner Cotto in a 10-round super featherweight bout. The event, titled “The Homecoming,” is promoted by Warriors Boxing.

Chicago’s Fonfara, 26, a native of Warsaw, Poland, had won 13 in a row before a hard-fought loss to WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson this past May in a thrilling battle on SHOWTIME. A heavy underdog, Fonfara floored the champion in his hometown of Montreal in the ninth round in a showdown that was closer than most experts anticipated.

Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) is now 15-1 with one no-contest since July 2008. The WBC No. 6 contender at 175 pounds, Fonfara has defeated three former world title holders -Byron Mitchell (TKO 3), Glen Johnson (a clear 10-round decision in perhaps a career-best victory) and Gabriel Campillo (TKO 9) -in his last six starts.

Fonfara, who campaigned for much of his career at 168 pounds and below, has only lost once at light heavyweight, and that loss was to Stevenson, widely considered as the top fighter in the world at 175 pounds. The 6-foot-2 Fonfara, who turns 27 three days after the showdown with Ngumbu, will return to Chicago for his eighth fight in his last nine starts.

A boxer with superb stamina and surprising power, Fonfara’s iron chin allows him to outlast his opponents and come on in the later rounds of his fights.

The 32-year old Ngumbu, of Toulouse, France by way of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will make his U.S. and North American debut. Originally a soccer player, Ngumbu found boxing at age 18 and turned professional at 25. The former African champion (33-5, 12 KOs) is vastly experienced, having fought 247 rounds to Fonfara’s 129.

The 5-foot-11 Ngumbu is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Johnny Muller in June in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and has gone the 12-round distance six times since 2009.

Ngumbu holds a 2013 win over former world title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov, who lost in 2010 to then-WBA Light Heavyweight Champ Beibut Shumenov. Ngumbu also has a 12-round unanimous decision win over Aleksy Kuziemski, who challenged Nathan Cleverly for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in 2011.

Ngumbu’s long arms and fast hands allow him to come forward with an unorthodox but aggressive attack from unpredictable angles. His tendency to keep his hands at his sides makes all of his fights exciting affairs.

Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, is coming off a brutal 7th round knockout victory of former WBO Bantamweight Champ Pungluang Singyu in his U.S. debut on July 12.

The victory over Singyu was the biggest win of the 23-year-old’s career. Singyu had formerly held the same championship belt until losing it to Paulus Ambunda in March 2013. Ambunda lost his belt to Kameda in his first and only defense of the title last August via unanimous decision.

Kameda and his two brothers, Koki and Daiki are among the most famous fighters in the history of Japanese boxing, and all three recently held world titles at the same time. While Tomoki held the WBO Bantamweight Championship, Koki was the WBA Bantamweight Champion until he voluntarily relinquished the title in December in order to move down to flyweight, and Daiki was the IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion until he lost by decision last December.

Kameda moved to Mexico when he was 15 years old to learn an aggressive fighting style and quickly earned the Spanish nickname “El Mexicanito” (The Little Mexican). A true boxer-puncher with extremely fast hands, Kameda continues to train in Mexico, but has since moved back to Japan where his family enjoys celebrity status.

Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, won the vacant Interim WBO Bantamweight World Championship with a unanimous decision over countryman Daniel Rosas on June 14.

The 28-year-old Hernandez has won three fights in a row at bantamweight and is a former world title challenger at 115 and 112 pounds. Hernandez fought to a draw for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight Championship to then-undefeated Marvin Sonsona in 2009 and lost a unanimous decision to then-WBO Flyweight Champion and current WBO Super Flyweight kingpin Omar Andres Narvaez in 2008.

A fearless “do or die” slugger from the classic Mexican warrior mold, Hernandez comes forward relentlessly behind powerful combinations to the head and body.

Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs), of Dominican Republic, is a former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion – he won the vacant belt against previously undefeated Patrick Hyland in 2012. The southpaw was set to defend his crown in April of 2013 against Miguel Zamudio but lost the title on the scales after failing to make weight. He knocked Zamudio down twice en route to a devastating first round knockout and then gradually settled into the 130-pound division.

Fortuna, 25, is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Juan Antonio Rodriguez on May 31 in Las Vegas and is just one fight removed from a knockout of former world title challenger Francisco Lorenzo.

Fortuna, who is known for his explosive speed and highlight reel knockouts, only has one blemish on his record – a controversial draw against Luis Franco in August of 2013.

Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs), a relative of future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto, was a top amateur in Puerto Rico – he won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and compiled a record of 235-20 before turning pro.

The 27-year-old Cotto is coming off a split-decision victory of Jerry Belmontes in August and his only two losses have come against top competition. He lost to undefeated WBC 135-pound champ Omar Figueroa in a non-title bout in 2013 and to top 130-pound contender Francisco Vargas this past March.

Additional bouts and the undercard will be announced shortly.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/kameda-fonfara-fortuna-headline-nov-1-263306#more-263306

Kameda-Hernandez Purse Bid is Won By Warriors

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By Rick Reeno –

The bids are in for the mandatory fight between WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19KOs) and top rated challenger Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15KOs). Warriors Boxing, taking part on behalf of Kameda, secured the rights with a bid of $603,000 dollars. All Star Boxing, who have Hernandez, bid far less at $151,000 dollars. The date and location of the fight will be announced in the coming days.

Kameda debuted last month in the United States as part of the Saul Alvarez-Erislandy Lara undercard from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He knocked out Pungluang Sor Singyu in seven rounds. After the fight he signed an agreement with influential manager/adviser Al Haymon.

Hernandez became the mandatory challenger in June when he captured the WBO’s interim title with an upset decision over countryman Daniel Rosas.

The purse bid split is 80-20 in favor of the champion. Team Kameda says November 1 is being targeted for the fight, possibly at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

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Tomoki Kameda-Alejandro Hernandez Eyes Purse Bid

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Mexico City, Mexico: The team for WBO Bantamweight interim champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico will request purse bids for the mandatory fight against Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda.

The WBO had given the parties involved a 30 day period in order to negotiate and make the fight happen within 90 days. If there is no agreement they will call for purse bids.

“After receiving the letter from the WBO, I have tried to reach out to Kameda´s team with no success, we will request the WBO to call for purse bids” said Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. “We want to fulfill our obligations with the organization, and after talking with “Payasito” and my partner Ricardo Maldonado Jr we have the same goal which is bringing the fight to our hometown of Mexico City. We know him very well after sparring many times in Mexico and we are sure of the victory” he added.

Tomorrow Hernandez will be given the recently acquired belt by WBO ratings chairman Luis Perez at the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford show at El Plaza Condesa, which is headlined by David “Severo” Carmona who faces Ricardo Rodriguez for the WBO World Youth super flyweight title.

http://www.boxingscene.com/tomoki-kameda-alejandro-hernandez-eyes-purse-bid–80295

06/14/2014 Alejandro Hernandez vs. Daniel Rosas

Date:  Saturday, June 14, 2014

WBO Interim Bantamweight Championship Bout

Location:  Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Promoter:  Promociones Zanfer

Supervisor: Luis Perez

Referee: Samuel Viruet

Judges:   Alejandro Lopez Cid, Adalaide Byrd, Alfredo Polanco

Results: Alejandro Hernandez won by unanimous decision over Daniel Rosas

TV:  Mexico Azteca

Mabait returns to Mexico to defend title

By Edri K. Aznar

MARVIN Mabait returns to Mexico to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental bantamweight crown next month.

Mabait faces off with former world title challenger Alejandro Hernandez in the main event of Boxeo Telemundo in Foro Polanco, Mexico City on March 28.

The 26-year-old Filipino prospect captured his WBO regional crown with a first round knockout of Mexican Johnny Garcia in Mexico last October.

This will be the first title defense of Mabait, who is training in the US under the tutelage of Nonito Donaire Sr.

Hernandez is a tough former world title challenger that has fought some of the best in his division the likes of current world champions Leo Santa Cruz and Omar Narvaez; and former world champions Akifumi Shimoda, Marvin Sonsona and Carlos Tamara.

Hernandez fought for the vacant WBO super flyweight belt in 2009 against Sonsona in Canada. Sonsona vacated his crown after tipping the scales overweight. Hernandez,
however, failed to snag the vacant crown after the fight ended in a draw.

Mabait, rated sixth in the WBO, is 19-1-2 with 13 knockouts, while the 27-year-old Hernandez is 26-10-2 with 14 knockouts.

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