Koki Kameda to face No. 12 Indonesian in 4th title defense
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda will attempt his fourth title defense against 12th-ranked Nouldy Manakane on April 4 at Yokohama Arena, the Kameda Gym announced Wednesday.
Tomonobu Shimizu, meanwhile, who is the WBA super flyweight champion in recess after having to take an extended break due to a serious eye injury, could possibly make a comeback in a unification title bout against WBA champion Tepparith Kokietgym in a doubleheader with Kameda.
The WBA has requested that a unification bout between Shimizu and Tepparith take place and talks between the two camps are in the works, a source familiar with the negotiations said.
Kameda, 25, was originally planning to fight interim WBA champion Hugo Ruiz, but the Mexican became unavailable after having a bout arranged for him in March and the Japanese champion settled on Manakane.
"He's not the opponent I had in mind, but I plan to dominate and use it as fuel for my next fight," Kameda said.
The 28-year-old Manakane will get his first shot at a world title. The Indonesian has 24 wins and 10 defeats in 35 fights, having knocked out his last seven opponents.
Should Kameda successfully defend his title, the WBA will hold him to a mandatory fight by the end of the year. "It would feel great to get my mandatory bout over with as soon as possible," Kameda said.
Shimizu, 30, won a split decision over Hugo Cazares on Aug. 31, 2011, fracturing his right eye socket in the process. He was later designated as a champion in recess on Nov. 10.
Thai boxer Tepparith, 23, was then elevated to champion from interim champion and successfully defended the title against Koki's younger brother Daiki in a unanimous decision last December.
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