Late last night in the US saw the weigh in for today's WBA Bantamweight title fight between Japan's once beaten Tomoki Kameda (31-1, 19) and his conqueror Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12). Thankfully both men made weight for the bout which will take place in a few short hours.
On the scales both men where the same weight at 117.8lbs. This was pretty the same weight as they were back in May when they fought for the first time. In that bout Kameda dropped McDonnell early on before losing a close, and very competitive decision to the Englishman.
From what we understand this likely to be McDonnell's final bout at the weight, win or lose, as he looks to jump to Super Bantamweight for a potential fight with countryman Scott Quigg. If McDonnell wins and vacates the belt then the division will be blown open for guys like Ryo Matsumoto and Shohei Omori. If Kameda wins however it's unlikely he'll be leaving he division, especially given the fact he looked relatively small at the weigh in.
Unlikely it seems that no matter who wins we won't be seeing a super fight with WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.
Also on ths card is one of Tomoki's brother's, Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18), who will be facing Victor Ruiz (19-5, 14). On the scales Daiki was 120lbs whilst Ruiz was 116lbs. Notably this will be Daiki's first bout since December 2013.
Tomoki looks to avenge loss to McDonnell as the two men meet again
(Image courtesy of Boxingscene)
It's been a while since we've been able to talk about former 2-weight world champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18) but today it was announced that the former WBA Flyweight and IBF Super Flyweight would be making his ring return on September 6th. The 26 year Japanese fighter, who hasn't fought since a controversial bout in December 2013 with Liborio Solis, will be making his US debut and looking to immediately shake off a lot of ring rust in a bout against a hard hitting Mexican foe.
The Mexican in question is 24 year old Southpaw Victor Ruiz (19-5, 14), who has mixed with good company, most notably McWilliams Arroyo and Francisco Rodriguez Jr. He does however lack a signature victory and appears to have beaten mainly limited opposition.
Kameda, like brothers Tomoki and Koki, was banned from fighting in Japan following the bout with Solis. The fight was supposed to be a unification bout between Kameda, the then IBF champion, and Solis, the then WBA champion. Solis however failed to make weight and despite the IBF and Kameda's telling the media that Kameda would be stripped if he lost he managed to retain his title, much to the confusion of the fans, the media and the JBC. The confusion lead to the Kameda gym being stripped of it's license and since then all 3 brothers have signed for American "advisor" Al Haymon.
This will be Daiki's first bout under Haymon and his US debut. On the same card we will see Daiki's younger brother Tomoki fight in a rematch with English Jamie McDonnell with Tomoki looking to avenge his sole career defeat.
Although the Solis controversy was the most recent it wasn't the most notable controversy in Daiki's career. Instead that was his 2007 bout with Daisuke Naito. In that bout Daiki had numerous points deducted in round 12 as he appeared to have a melt down in an attempt to get himself disqualified. The tactics were ones that his father, Shiro, and older brother, Koki, encouraged and punishments were handed down to all 3 men, whilst Naito became a icon for being the first to officially beat one of the Kameda's. It's this bout that really helped set the tone for the Kameda's relationship with Japanese fans who viewed them as the bad boys of Japanese fighting, though at the same time lead them to being among the most viewed Japanese fighters in history, and Naito's subsequent fight with Koki Kameda was a huge ratings success story.
(Image courtesy of Daiki Kameda's blog)
At the end of 2014 it was known that talks were being made to pit unbeaten WBO Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19) against WBA "regular" champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12) in a unification contest. The bout has been spoken about by both teams and appears set to take place in the US. The only thing not yet announce would be the exact date or the specific venue.
Earlier today Tomoki took us a step closer to that announcement as he hinted that an announcement is likely to be made shortly. He didn't mention any specifics just that he thinks it will be made soon.
The hint was made on a recent blog entry that also featured pictures of Tomoki training alongside older brother Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18), who is expected to announce his comeback fight following more than a year of inactivity in the wake of his loss to Liborio Solis. It's thought that Daiki, Tomoki and oldest brother Koki Kameda (33-1, 18) may all feature on the same show with all 3 being handled by American advisor Al Haymon.
At the moment we've heard two dates being suggested for the Kameda Vs McDonnell fight. April 11th or the following Saturday, April 18th. If it's to be either of those date it would need to be announced relatively soon as we are only 5 or 6 weeks away from those dates.
Tomoki Kameda Vs Jamie McDonnell eyed for April 11th or April 18th!
Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda all expect to be in an American ring in April!
(Image courtesy of Tomoki Kameda's blog)
When we talk about controversial Japanese boxing families nothing compares to the Kameda family.
The boxing side of the family features several controversial members. They include patriarch trainer Shiro Kameda, who has essentially riled up the JBC at every opportunity, former 3-weight world champion Koki Kameda (33-1, 18), former 2-weight world champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18) and current WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19).
So controversial are the clan that they have essentially been banned by the Japanese boxing commission who have refused to license the fighters since early 2014.
The fighters may be "banned" from Japan but they are free to box elsewhere and since their ban came into effect we have seen Tomoki and Koki both box in the US. In fact Tomoki has genuinely impressed American fans, with his KO of Pungluang Sor Singyu being particularly notable.
It seems like America, the land of dreams...the land of the free and the brave, is set to more of the Kameda's.
From what we understand the trio will be in action in April in another US card.
That card is expected to feature Tomoki fighting against WBA Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12) in a WBO/WBA unification whilst Koki is thought to be fighting in a non-title bout at Super Flyweight whilst Daiki will be fighting at Bantamweight. At moment no opponents have been linked to either Daiki or Koki though we're not expecting to see either man in with anyone too testing.
For Daiki that will mark his return to the ring after he lost to Liborio Solis way back in 2013. That bout was, for many, the straw that broke the camels back.
The Daiki Kameda Vs Liborio Solis bout was supposed to be IBF/WBA Super Flyweight world title unification bout. Sadly Solis weighed in over the limit causing him to be stripped of his title. The organising bodies ruled that if Daiki won he could unify the belts and publicly said that if Daiki lost he'd lose the IBF title, the Kameda's echoed that statement however the IBF rules stated Kameda would remain champion. Sadly when Daiki ultimately lost the IBF didn't strip him and the Japanese boxing fraternity turned on both the IBF and the Kameda forcing the JBC to act. Essentially banning the 3 men for misleading the public.
Both Tomoki and Daiki set off today for Miami where they will begin a training camp whilst Koki will join them later in the year. If the show goes ahead as planned this will be the first unification bout involving a Kameda brother since the ill fated Solis bout and will also be the first show to feature all 3 Kameda's since December 2012.
(Image of Daiki and Tomoki Kameda courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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