Kameda brothers make history
September, 3, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Getty ImagesDaiki Kameda, center, and his brothers Koki, left, and Tomoki had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday.
The fighting Kameda brothers made a bit of history on Tuesday when Daiki Kameda outpointed Rodrigo Guerrero in Kagawa, Japan to win a vacant junior bantamweight title.
The 24-year-old Kameda (29-3, 18 KOs), a former flyweight titlist, joined his bantamweight titleholder brothers Koki and Tomoki Kameda as reigning titleholders at the same time.
Take that Klitschko brothers!
It is the first time in boxing history that three brothers have simultaneously held world titles.
Daiki Kameda scored a unanimous decision against Mexico’s Guerrero (19-5, 12 KOs), winning 117-109, 116-110 and 114-112. Kameda’s margin would have been wider but he was docked points for low blows in the fifth and 11th rounds.
The belt that Daiki won became vacant in June when Juan Carlos Sanchez failed to make weight and was stripped before a defense against Roberto Sosa, allowing Daiki and former titleholder Guerrero to vie for the title.
Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18 KOs), the youngest of the brothers at 22, won a bantamweight title on Aug. 1 in the Philippines when he outpointed previously undefeated Paulus Ambunda of Namibia.
The 26-year-old Koki Kameda (31-1, 17 KOs) has won belts in three divisions. He won a junior flyweight title in 2006 in just his 12th professional fight. After moving up in weight, he won a flyweight title in 2009. In 2010, he moved up in weight again and claimed the bantamweight belt he still holds today, having made his seventh defense on July 13 by outpointing John Mark Apolinario of the Philippines.