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Japan’s Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs) has vacated his bantamweight world title, according to WBO president Paco Valcarcel.
The move comes days after the WBO declined to sanction his fight with England’s Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs) as a title unification fight because McDonnell holds a secondary title, not the WBA’s top belt. The fight will still go ahead on May 9 (CBS) in Hidalgo, Texas.
Kameda won the belt by brutal seventh-round knockout of Pungluang Sor Singyu in July 2014 and went on to make one defense, a split decision against then-interim titleholder Alejandro Hernandez in November.
The vacant title is due to be filled by the winner of a proposed fight between Sor Singyu (49-3, 33 KOs), of Thailand, and Japan’s Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 18 KOs). They have 15 days to negotiate a deal or a purse bid will be called.
If there is any kind of offseason in boxing, in most of the world anyway, it’s usually the second half of December and early January. But not in Japan, where having a big show -- or shows -- on New Year’s Eve is becoming something of a tradition.
Want to ring in the new year with boxing? Just head to Japan, where there will be four world title bouts on New Year's Eve. On a card in Tokyo, a triple world title bill was announced.