Naidjala fails to impress in Osaka
03 Dec 2013 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 03 DEC (NAMPA) - Immanuel 'The Prince' Naidjala has failed to impress in Osaka as he lost on points to Japanese boxer Tomoki Kameda on Tuesday.
Naidjala lost to Kameda on a unanimous decision, with judges card scoring the fight 117-111, 118-110, 119-109 in favour of the 22-year-old Kameda, who nonetheless failed to live up to his promise to finish Naidjala off in just six rounds.
A report obtained from the Japan Times website on Tuesday indicated that the two boxers exchanged fast punches early on in the match, but Kameda got the upper hand after waging a fight at close range in the third round.
I feel happy to have won the fight. I was quite confident this time but I could not fight in my style of boxing, said Kameda, whose record includes 29 wins, of which 18 were by knockout.
The report also stated that it was the 29-year-old Namibians first loss in a career studded with 17 wins, 11 of them inside the distance, and one draw.
The boxers were competing for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Bantamweight world title.
The defeat is Naidjala's first defeat in his boxing career of 19 fights, and it was Kameda's 28th straight win.