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Japanese brothers in boxing history

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

TAKAMATSU, Japan - Japan's Daiki Kameda beat Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico on points yesterday to secure the vacant International Boxing Federation super-flyweight title and a place in the history books for himself and his two brothers.

The 24-year-old's victory by a unanimous verdict meant the Kamedas, once known for their crude behaviour in and out the ring, became the first trio of brothers to hold world boxing titles at the same time.

His elder brother Koki, 26, is the current World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight champion and Tomoki, 22, holds the World Boxing Organisation bantamweight title.

When Tomoki won his title last month, the Kamedas became the first trio of brothers to have held world titles at separate points in their careers. Only eight pairs of brothers have held world titles simultaneously.

The IBF's third-ranked Kameda used his footwork to dodge fourth-ranked Guerrero, a former holder of the same title, who tried to fight in close range and switched between left-handed and right-handed stances.

There was a moment of suspense in the tenth round when Kameda's short one-two hooks to the face left the Mexican tottering but Guerrero fought back Kameda's flurry of punches.