Daiki Kameda won his rematch with Denkaosan Kaovichit to claim the WBA flyweight title. (Photo via www.japantimes.co.jp)
Now the fighting Kameda family has two flyweight titlists.
21-year-old Daiki Kameda avenged a close October 2009 loss to Denkaosan Kaovichit this morning in Japan, winning a unanimous decision to take the WBA flyweight title. In November, Daiki's older brother Koki beat family rival Daisuke Naito (who was once body-slammed mid-fight by Daiki) to win the WBC belt.
Daiki (16-2, 11 KO) won on scores of 116-110, 116-110 and 114-112.
Kaovichit, 33, won the title from Takefumi Sakata in 2008, and made his first defense in May 2009, beating Hiroyuki Hisataka in his native Thailand. The controversial win over Kameda last year set up this rematch, which ended Kaovichit's unbeaten streak, which stretched back to 2002, when he lost to Eric Morel in his lone fight on American soil. The streak had run for 29 fights (28-0-1), many of which were Thailand Specials, pitting Kaovichit against blatantly unfit challengers.
On the surface, a third fight would seem a possibility, but I really have no idea if Kameda is interested in defending, or if Kaovichit had a rematch clause or anything like that.
The win leaves just youngest brother Tomoki Kameda, 18, without a major title. Tomoki (12-0, 10 KO) turned pro in late 2008 and went to Mexico, where he dominated a series of bums. He's fought three times in Japan, and given the aggressive nature of the family, he's probably only a year or two from trying to add another strap to the family collection. He's the biggest of the three, fighting as a bantamweight.