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Tomoki Kameda wins interim title, sets up Rey Vargas clash

Kameda and Medina were #2 and #1, respectively, in the WBC rankings

Tomoki Kameda v Pungluang Singyu Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Tomoki Kameda has a belt around his waist for the first time since 2015.

The former WBO bantamweight king, who moved up in weight after a pair of competitive losses to Jamie McDonnell, picked up the interim WBC 122-pound title this morning with a decision over Abigail Medina at Korakuen Hall.

According to The Ring,

Kameda (36-2, 20 knockouts) utilized his jab to build an early lead and withstood the Spain-based Dominican’s late rally to win by scores of 117-111 twice and 116-112.

“El Mexicanito” has now won five straight since the McDonnell losses. Medina (19-4-2, 10 KO) sees a three-year, 10-fight winning streak come to an end.

Regular champ Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KO) has been out of action since defeating a game Azat Hovhannisyan in May. He went on to have shoulder surgery, then contracted pneumonia afterwards. I would assume he’ll want a tune-up before unifying with Kameda, but a fight between those two is certainly one for fans to keep an eye on.