Jamie McDonnell to face Tomoki Kameda in Texas
Britain’s Jamie McDonnell will face off against WBO bantamweight title holder Tomoki Kameda in Texas on May 9, confirmed promoter Eddie Hearn while appearing on Sky Sports in the U.K.
“McDonnell vs. Kameda is on the Ricky Burns-Omar Figueroa card as chief support,” said the Matchroom boss. “It’s a massive night for British boxing, a daytime fight in Texas, which will be transmitted at prime-time in the U.K.”
McDonnell, a former IBF bantamweight champion, who is rated No. 7 by THE RING at 118 pounds, currently holds the “regular” WBA strap. The volume-punching Englishman has a record of 25-2-1 (12 knockouts) and has not lost a contest in over seven years.
*Note: THE RING only recognizes Juan Carlos Payano as the WBA titleholder at bantamweight
Kameda, rated No. 6, will start as the favorite and, according to the majority of experts, represents the most formidable assignment of McDonnell’s career. This will be the Japanese star’s fourth consecutive title defense and his quality is reflected in an impressive unbeaten resume, 31-0 (19 knockouts).
“I’ve seen Kameda a few times,” said McDonnell, during a previous interview with this reporter. “He’s hungry, undefeated, sharp and always ready to fight. If I’m not on the ball then I could get beat, but I’m more than confident of going over to the States and getting a stoppage.
“I think I can hit Kameda, hurt him, and take him out late if I play my cards right.”
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing