SAN DIEGO, September 6, 2015 – British bantamweight Jamie McDonnell made it two for two (or dos por dos if you prefer) over the Mexican-trained, Spanish speaking Tomoki Kameda of Japan on Premier Boxing Champions Sunday.
It was another close decision which could have swung either way, colored by your preferences (or biases). Observers in Great Britain saw McDonnell (27-2-1, 12 KOs) clearly winning, while North American observers saw Kameda (31-2-0, 19 KOs) winning. This time, all three judges scored it slightly wider in McDonnell’s favor than in the first fight: 115-112, 116-111, and 117-110 for McDonnell.
McDonnell benefited from a knockdown call in the tenth round. Kameda lost his footing as McDonnell connected with a right hook slightly off target above the ear, but it was ruled a knockdown by referee Jon Schorle. When a punch connects as a fighter goes down, it doesn’t matter whether it’s aided by a slip or not.
Similar to their first meeting, Kameda came out strong, keeping McDonnell at bay with his jab and excellent head movement and footwork. But McDonnell pressed forward and as in their first meeting, the fight turned to McDonnell’s favor midstream with stronger shots.
It’s the age-old issue of work rate versus punching power. Kameda throws more, but McDonnell makes his shots hurt more. Credit to the Texas judges who didn’t let any biases or crowd enthusiasm which was 99 percent behind Kameda sway them.
McDonnell said prior to this bout he plans to move up in weight to junior featherweight for a showdown against fellow Brit Scott Quigg. McDonnell shouldn’t be too quick to take on the dangerous Quigg, but it’s a fight everyone would love to see.
The less said about the meh main event, the better. Super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (28-1-1, 22 KOs) of the U.S. had little trouble with veteran Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio (59-8-1, 51 KOs). All three judges scored it a blowout for Dirrell with scores of 100-90. No argument there; Dirrell was hitting Rubio nearly at will. Rubio seemed awkward and unprepared, although he’s still able to take a punch.
Dirrell said after the fight he feels he deserves a shot at a title fight. Whoa, not so fast buddy. Dirrell won every round, but he couldn’t stop or even knock Rubio down. Think back to Rubio’s last fight in October 2014, when Gennady Golovkin stopped him a little over four minutes total. Rubio’s best years are behind him; this was not a test but a tuneup for Anthony Dirrell. It would be smart for him to get back in the ring as soon as possible to log some more rounds and sharpen up his skills before he goes after the big game at 168 pounds, assuming he stays at super middleweight.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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