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Boxing: Japan's Kameda defends WBA bantamweight title

Japan's Koki Kameda narrowly defeated Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym of Thailand by a split decision to successfully defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title on Sunday. Two judges scored 115-113 and 115-114 in favour of the Japanese, who later apologised for what he said was a poor performance in the ring, while one judge counted it 116-113 for the Thai challenger. "I'm sorry," Kameda repeated six times during a short post-match interview. "It was not good at all...I'm very sorry for so many fans here."

Boxing: Kameda to defend WBA bantam title against Pareio

Japan's Koki Kameda will defend his World Boxing Association bantamweight title against Yonfrez Pareio of Venezuela in April, his gym announced on Thursday. The bout, to be fought on April 7 in Osaka, will be his sixth defence of the title since winning it when he beat Alexander Munoz of Venezuela in December 2010. "I'm going to prepare and try to win by a knockout in my favourite city of Osaka," said Kameda, 26. "I will become a father for the second time later this year. I'm going to fight for my children and wife."
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