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Thursday, 5th April 2012
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Koki Kameda retains boxing title in Japan

Japanese boxing fans are celebrating after Koki Kameda successfully defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title in a fight on home soil yesterday (April 4th).

Indonesian challenger Nouldy Manakane went 12 rounds with Kameda but lost a unanimous decision from the judges at the Yokohama Arena, AFP reported.

In his fourth consecutive defence, judges scored in favour of Kameda 115-113, 118-110 and 117-110.

He has now held the belt since first defeating Venezuela's Alexander Munoz in December 2010 when they fought for the vacant title.

His record now stands at 28 wins, with 17 KOs and one defeat.

Kameda comes from a boxing family that is notorious for bad behaviour among Japanese fans.

In 2007, middle brother Daiki was banned from fighting for a year by the World Boxing Commission (WBC) for using dirty tactics in a WBC flyweight title fight against Daisuke Naito.

Koki was reprimanded by the Japan Boxing Commission for encouraging his sibling, while the brothers' father Shiro is banned by the WBC from acting as a cornerman because of abuse of officials.

The diminutive Manakane stands 5'2" tall and now has a record of 24 wins, 11 defeats and one draw.

Written by Mark Smith