Ex-champ Kameda finishes Encarnacion

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By Joe Koizumi

Former WBA bantam champ Tomoki Kameda (39-3, 21 KOs), 126, impressively floored ex-2012 Olympian William Encarnacion (19-4, 15 KOs), 125.25, from Dominican Republic, three times to finish him for the count at 2:35 of the fourth round on Saturday in a scheduled ten in Kobe, Japan.

Currently WBA#2 122-pounder Tomoki, 31, proved too sharp and elusive as well for the 34-year-old Dominican, outspeeding him with fast jabs and utilizing his swift footwork. Kameda, in round three, caught up with Encarnacion with a vicious left hook to the side of the belly, dropping him almost for the count. Barely beating the count, the Dominican fell again with Tomoki’s rapid-fire combos but had a narrow escape. The fatal fourth saw Encarnacion hit the deck in agony again with a wicked body shot to be unable to resume fighting. Despite a seven-month hiatus Tomoki looked sharp and he is willing to have another shot at the 122-pound throne of the WBA. He had failed to win the WBC belt, losing a unanimous nod to Rey Vargas in Carson in 2019.

Promoter: Shinsei Promotions

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  • There’s a family name I haven’t heard in a hot minute. I remember the Name dad’s hitting the scene hard about 15-17 years ago. Always entertaining. The fight took place in Kobe, which reminds me of Kobe steak, which means I have to fire up the grill. That’s how my brain works

  • Tomoki was supposed to be the next big thing out of Japan on his way up. He didn’t turn out to be THAT good, but he won a belt and had a good career. He’s 31, he’s in fantastic shape, let’s see what he can do at 122-126.

    And can I get a burger Peter????

  • I think his brother Koki Kameda was supposed to be the can’t miss star out of Japan. Like Tomoki, he had a good career but I don’t think he lived up to expectations.

    Then there was another brother who was supposed to be as good as Koki. His name was Daiki Kameda. He struggled against the best fighters and was known as a dirty fighter.

    I think Tomoki has had a nice career despite being the least heralded of the brothers. I was really excited when he was matched against Vargas but the fight turned out to be a stinker.

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