Boxing Preview: McDonnell-Kameda 2 is this Sunday (Sept. 6)

boxing-glovesThis Sunday night (September 6, 2015), the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas hosts a boxing card set to air on CBS as the next installment of the “Premier Boxing Champions” series. The main event sees WBA World Bantamweight Champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1) defend his belt against Japan’s highly regarded Tomoki Kameda (31-1) in a re-match. The line is very close, with McDonnell a (+105) underdog to Kameda , who is returning at (-125). There is no over/under on the fight posted as of yet. In their first bout, McDonnell got up off the canvas in the third round to win a razor thin unanimous decison, with all three judges giving him a (114-113) edge. Kameda had held the WBC version of the World Title but had vacated the belt and was working to keep an undefeated record against McDonnell in their first meeting. McDonnell was making the second defense of his world title, but he came into that match as a wider underdog, closing around (+210), with Kameda paying (-250). Kameda signed with advisor Al Haymon along with his two brothers, and at 24 years old he still must be considered a top prospect, but he has not looked terrifc in his “PBC” fights this year, and in facing McDonnell he is giving up considerable height and weight advantages to the British fighter. The co-main event at Super Middleweight sees former WBC World Champion Anthony Dirrell (27-1-1) returning for the first time since his April loss to Badou Jack as he takes on veteran hitman Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1). Rubio was last seen back in October of 2014 when he was unceremoniously stopped by Gennady Golovkin in the second round of their world title tilt, so both men are coming off losses. Though there is no line up yet for this fight, it may be worth noting that Dirrell lost his world title as a favorite to Jack, while Rubio was a huge underdog when he went in there against Golovkin. The card also features Tomoki Kameda’s brother Daiki Kameda (29-4) as he faces Victor Ruiz (19-5) in a 10-rounder. The full live event scheduled for the American Bank Center has 12¬†fights scheduled in all, with nine bouts of the four to eight round variety in support. Worth keeping an eye on are the pair of eight round Super Featherweight bouts featuring undefeated prospects as Miguel Flores (16-0) takes on veteran John Michael Johnson (31-10) and Mario Barrios (10-0) also steps up to take on Jonathan Perez (33-12).

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