Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs) scored a split decision victory over Alejandro Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) to successfully defend his WBO Bantamweight title at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.
The 12-round fight was the co-main event of a triple-header presented by Showtime Sports and Warriors Boxing promotions.
Kameda, 23, of Osaka, Japan, controlled the fight early with a sharp jab in the opening rounds, but as the fight progressed allowed himself to get very close to Hernandez, where he was equally successful.
Hernandez, 28, of Mexico, had a lot of trouble closing the distance, but was able to land punches in Round 9, capitalizing on the swelling that developed above Kameda’s left eye.
Hernandez, who had only been stopped once in his career by Leo Santa Cruz and had never been knocked down, gave Kameda a tough fight insofar has he had the chin and tenacity to take Kameda into a well-earned 12-round victory.
Besides Hernandez’s tenacity, he posed no threat as Kameda easily controlled the fight for most of the fight, a fact the judges’ scorecards do not reflect.
One judge unfortunately scored the bout 115-113 for Hernandez, while another two scored the bout 115-113 for Kameda.
Kameda has now successfully defended his WBO title three times, while Hernandez suffers the 11th loss of his career.