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Unanimous Jamie McDonnell retains WBA bantamweight title.

Jamie McDonnell WBA Champion

England’s Jamie McDonnell retained his WBA bantamweight title with a unanimous points decision in a rematch with Japan’s Tomoki Kameda.McDonnell, 29, finished powerfully and had 24-year-old Kameda on the canvas in the final round.

The judges scored it 116-111, 115-112, 117-110 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Yorkshireman had won a narrow points decision against Kameda in his second title defence in May.
McDonnell, who has now won 27 of his 30 professional contests, told Sky Sports: “Everything went to plan. The fight was easier than the last. I felt in control.”

Jamie McDonnell WBA Champion

Jamie McDonnell Retains WBA Title

Kameda started well and probably won the opening two rounds, using his rapid left hook as a counter-punch – whipping it around McDonnell’s jab to connect. It was not long before the champion found his range, though.

There was slight concern in the ninth when Kameda upped his work-rate and caught McDonnell with a crisp right, but the door was soon shut and the jab re-established – the snap in McDonnell’s suggesting that a rare stoppage could be in the offing.

With trainer Dave Coldwell and his twin brother Gavin urging him on in his corner, McDonnell carried on executing the game plan well and rose for the final round in a clear lead.

The 29-year-old nearly produced the perfect end to proceedings during that final session as the second punch of a well-timed one-two landed under Kameda’s ear and sent him to the canvas. Kameda claimed a slip but the impact of the punch certainly contributed and he took a count.

Kameda threw everything he had in the final 20 seconds and briefly pinned McDonnell on the ropes but by then, the fight was well won and McDonnell won a moral victory by forcing his way back to the centre of the ring and ending the fight on the front foot.

A delighted McDonnell said afterwards: “That fight felt easier than the last. I felt in control. The jab was key – I think I threw that more than I threw anything. It was working and I felt in control all the way through.

“I think he slipped a little for the knockdown but I did catch him and that sealed the victory.”

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