Jamie McDonnell foe Kameda backs trainer switch to pay off in rematch

Jamie McDonnell lands on Tomoki Kameda in their first bout
Jamie McDonnell lands on Tomoki Kameda in their first bout
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Jamie McDonnell may have switched trainers in the last few months but he is not the only one.

The Doncaster fighter is now working with Dave Coldwell in Rotherham alongside twin brother Gavin but Tomoki Kameda also moved to a new gym after his defeat to McDonnell in May.

Tomoki Kameda could not hide his surprise at the outcome of the first bout

Tomoki Kameda could not hide his surprise at the outcome of the first bout

Japan’s former WBO champion is now under the tutelage of Ismael Salas, a Cuban trainer who handles the world’s best super bantamweight, Guillermo Rigondeaux.

And Kameda feels the switch to the Vegas-based will pay dividends, starting on Sunday in his rematch with McDonnell.

“I have a completely different team now with Ismael Salas and Angel Heredia and ‘Stich’ Duran as cut man,” Kameda said.

“I feel much better going into this fight with better sparring and preparation and it will show in the fight.

“Salas has a great game plan and I can’t wait to perform it.

“McDonnell is tall, so getting inside his jab took some extra work.

“He’s a good veteran but I will show I’m the superior fighter once again.”

Kameda journey in boxing has been far from conventional.

Born and raised in Japan, he moved to Mexico in order to become a better fighter, earning him the nickname El Mexicanito and a distinctive fighting style.

New trainer Salas will have introduced some of his Cuban boxing upbringing to Kameda. But he says there were never any thoughts of rebuilding his style ahead of his second duel with McDonnell.

“I have my own style and he is teaching me new things and working on my technique,” Kameda said.

“But it is still my style.”

He does not think he lost the first time around so Kameda understandably thinks he can go one better in his rematch with McDonnell on Sunday.

The 24-year-old felt he had done more than enough to out-point his Doncaster rival in May’s initial meeting in Texas.

He said: “I definitely think I won the first fight.

“I landed the much harder punches and built up enough of an early lead, but the judges saw what they saw.

“It was a close fight and I know I can change the outcome this time.”

The rematch offers an opportunity for Kameda to get his highly-promising career back on track.

May’s original staging was not only his first defeat, but agreeing to the fight also saw him stripped of his world title by the WBO, who refused to recognise McDonnell as either the WBA champion, or as a viable contender for the organisation’s bantamweight crown.

Sunday’s bout will again see McDonnell’s WBA regular bantamweight title on the line, this time in Corpus Christi.