Earlier today Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] took to twitter to reveal that that he was holding a meeting at the Kyoei Gym in regards to TFC vol 4, the shows he is responsible for in association with Kyoei.
In the same tweet he also mentioned his plans for 2019, stating that he was hoping to host 5 TFC cards in the new year, as he begins his new career as a full time promoter.
In 2018 we had 3 TFC shows, the most recent of which saw his younger brother Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] win the WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title, defeating Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-4-2, 10).
At the moment it's unclear who Kyoei will allow Kameda to work with, other than his brother, but given the power, and the backing, of Abema TV Kameda does have a great vehicle to help with his promotional work and he could well make the TFC series into a real success. If Kameda can get Kyoei to fully back the venture then there really is the potential to make the TFC series into a major success, and with 5 shows planned for next year they are certainly backing the concept during it's early stages.
(Image courtesy of Koki Kameda's twitter)
According to multiple sources Uzbek fighter Mukhitdin Rajapbaev (12-5, 8) will be returning to the ring on December 22nd to former world title challenger Max Bursak (34-5-1, 15), in a bout that's set to take place in Brovary, Ukraine.
The 31 year old Rajapbaev, from Yangibozor, has been a professional since 2008 but has come up short in his most notable bouts, losing to the likes of Ulugbek Khakberdiev and Andrey Meryasev. This is a huge step up in class for him, however a win against Bursak could give his career real impetus in it's final stages.
Bursak, who hasn't fought since defeating Soso Abuladze last December, has also lost to his most notable opponents, with losses to the likes of Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, Jarrod Fletcher, Martin Murray, Zac Dunn and Gilberto Ramirez. At the age of 34 and with a long period of inactivity the "Tiger" may well be ripe for the picking.
At the moment few other details have emerged, though this is, by far, the biggest fight in the career of the Uzbek.
Earlier this week it was reported that Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] has essentially been dropped by Eye of the Tiger Management in Canada, with his final bout for them being on January 26th against unbeaten Canadian Mathieu Germain (16-0, 8). The boss of the Canadian promotional outfit stated that Jukembayev was no longer "part of the family", and seemed to suggest that there had been problems between the two sides leading to the split.
Today however it seems there may be more to it all, with Kazakh sources reporting that the cause of the split has been Jukembayev's wish to build his career in the US, and no longer fight out of Canada.
The source is reporting that after the January 26th bout Jukembayev will sign with American promoter Golden Boy Promotions, joining a stable that contains Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Jamie Munguia. It's though that Golden Boy will guide the Kazakh towards more significant fights, with a potential top 15 ranked opponent later in the year, as he moves towards a possible world title fight.
It seems as if Jukembayev needs to beat Germain in January to keep those plans rolling, however a loss will still likely lead him to Golden Boy, who will hold him back slightly more than they would if he beats Germain.
Although Jukembayev isn't a major global star this is still big news for the Kazakh and Canadian scenes, with a number of Kazakh's currently under the Eye of the Tiger Management banner, all of whom will be following Jukembayev's journey, and may look to follow their countryman from Canada to the US in the future.
Earlier today we were informed that former OPBF and Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] will be returning to the ring on the January 19th edition of "Dynamic Glove" to face off with veteran Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文].
The two men have history together, with Nakajima having beaten Wake back in May 2012 and it seems likely that this bout has been put together to let Wake get some revenge for that defeat.
Since their first bout Wake has gone on 15-1 (12), claimed national and regional titles and fought for a world title. Right now the 31 year old is chasing a second world title fight and will likely be using the bout to both avenge a loss and to help stay sharp for a shot at a world title , which is expected to come later in the year.
The 34 year old Nakajima hasn't had great success since beating Wake. He has gone 9-6 (5), losing in two Japanese title fights to Hidenori Otake and losing in OPBF title fight to Mark John Yap. Despite those set backs he did score a notable win on Chinese soil in 2016, over-coming Xian Qian Wei for a WBC regional title. Sadly Nakajima has lost his last 2 bouts and it's hard to know what he really has left coming into this contest.
At the time of writing no other details have been released about the show, though there is some suspicion that a deal has been done for Wake to get a world title fight in the Summer.
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