'World class' Jamie McDonnell retains WBA title

Jamie McDonnell lands clean on Tomoki Kameda on his way to successfully retaining his WBA bantamweight title in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Jamie McDonnell lands clean on Tomoki Kameda on his way to successfully retaining his WBA bantamweight title in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jamie McDonnell produced a quite stunning performance to retain his WBA bantamweight title in Texas on Sunday.

The Doncaster fighter dominated much of his rematch with Tomoki Kameda in Corpus Christi, earning a wide points margin and icing the cake with a final round knockdown.

Few British fighters in history have succeeded in world title bouts in the US. But McDonnell has done it twice in the space of four months.

And second time round he did it in much more controlling fashion than he did the first - just as he had intended on doing.

It was a game plan implemented to perfection. Work behind the jab, take control of the ring nullify the threat of a speedy opponent.

The manner of the performance delivered a proud night for British boxing and there have been few fighters from these shores this year to have equalled the startling achievements of McDonnell.

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Kameda started the fight the stronger, certainly taking the first two rounds with excellent, fast body shots. After a cagey opening minute of the first round, Kameda showed his speed to get inside McDonnell, landing a couple of flush right hooks to the body.

A fine left hook to the jaw followed another body shot from Kameda in the second and suggested he could have a successful evening.

But McDonnell kicked into action late in the second. He was looking to establish the jab and he did so in the third. It would rarely abate through the rest of the fight.

The jab was a potent and accurate weapon that kept the shorter Kameda at bay. And as he grew in confidence and comfort, he began to let the shots flow to fully take control.

He landed jab after jab in the fourth. Kameda sneaked through a couple of big shots but McDonnell was much the better.

McDonnell’s defences were as good as they have ever been. An excessive amount of shots from opponents have got through in the past but this time his head movement was top class as he made Kameda miss time after time.

By the sixth round, he had started to walk Kameda down after opening the three minutes with a fine three shot combination. The centre of the ring was his and the Japanese fighter was running out of ideas of how to wrestle control back.

Kameda was getting little through of any meaning as the fight slipped away from him after the half way point with McDonnell dominate.

The Hatfield fighter looked to be marching to victory. But Kameda revived in the ninth, perhaps taking advantage of a slight lapse in McDonnell's concentration. After a rather erratic opening 30 seconds, he began to find his way inside for the first time since the early rounds.

But that was about it from the Japanese fighter and McDonnell was back in control from there on in.

And when the combination of a right hook behind the ear and a slight slip sent Kameda down in the 12th, there was little doubt over the outcome.

Nerves are always heightened when a fight abroad goes to the scorecards but there need not be any worry, with the decision unanimous – 116-111, 115-112 and 117-110 all in favour of the reigning and defending champion.

McDonnell has always struggled for a profile to match his remarkable achievements. Surely now he will be recognised for the true world class fighter he is.