History was made today in the Philippines, as Tomoki Kameda joined older brothers Koki and Daiki as a world titleholder, beating Paulus Ambunda for the WBO bantamweight title. The 22-year-old Tomoki won on scores of 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112.
Kameda (28-0, 18 KO) fought much of his early career in Mexico, where he worked with Canelo Alvarez's promotional outfit, and was only occasionally featured in Japan until 2011, when he began to split his time between his home country and his adopted fighting home, after three years mostly fighting abroad, where he earned the nickname "El Mexicanito."
With his brothers and father in his corner against Ambunda (20-1, 10 KO), Kameda used his height advantage to pick Ambunda apart from a comfortable distance, taking the Namibian's title and his undefeated record. The Kameda clan are the first trio of brothers to ever win recognized world titles in boxing history, and Tomoki may indeed be the best of the lot.
Daiki Kameda will have a chance to win a second world title on September 3 in Mexico, when he faces Rodrigo Guerrero for the vacant IBF super flyweight belt. If he wins, it would be another mark for the Kamedas, as all three brothers would simultaneously hold world titles.