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Kameda respects WBO decision not to sanction McDonnell unification

Phil Jay 04/04/2015

Lawrence Lustig / Naoki Fukuda

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda has given his reaction to WBN following the news that the World Boxing Organisation have decided not to sanction his fight with WBA title holder Jamie McDonnell on May 9.

Due to fact that the WBO will only recognise the WBA’s highest ranking title holder, Juan Carlos Payano who holds the ‘super’ title, Kameda is now unable to put his belt on the line when he clashes with two-time world champion McDonnell in Texas.

Kameda, nicknamed ‘El Mexicanito,’ is not too downhearted by the ruling though as the 23 year-old aims to extend his impressive unbeaten run to 32 fights against the experienced Briton next month in what will be the Japanese fighter’s third straight US bout.

“I don’t know exactly what the situation is and I was hoping for good news from my team and my manager, but I’m ok with any WBO decision as I respect what Mr Paco Valcarcel and the WBO decide,” Kameda told World Boxing News.

“Right now, I have big motivation for this fight as it is really important because McDonnell also has a title and it will be a good level of fight between two champions.

“I just want to be the best first, now I have this commitment with McDonnell, and then if I have another chance to win another belt I’ll take it.

“That is why I work every day in the gym because I want to fight with the better fighters. I want to be the best at 118 pounds and move up pound for pound,” he added.

It is now likely that just McDonnell’s ‘regular’ WBA title will be on the line, although the World Boxing Association have yet to officially announce the fight with Kameda on their upcoming schedule.

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