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)
Earlier this year Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] ended a retirement to fight Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (91-5-2, 47) [พงษ์ศักดิ์เล็ก วันจงคำ] in what was essentially a glorified exhibition. After the bout Kameda suggested there was still 1 more fight he wanted, suggesting he'd love to face Roman Gonzalez, in what he described as a dream. That bout however never came close to being made with Teiken essentially ruling it out from Gonzalez's side of things.
Today Kameda took to his blog and announced that he was retiring, again, from active fighting.
Kameda stated that his new dream was leading his younger brother, Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅], to a world title sees his future responsibilities as being event producer for the TFC series of fights, with Tomoki's fighter against Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-3-2, 10) on Monday being the third event under the TFC banner.
For those wanting to read the announce from the former world champion the full blog entry can be read here.
Last week was a strangely big one for boxing icons Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) and Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27). The two men were both in Japan, to attend Ultra Japan, and the two both seemed to hint that they were be having a rematch later this year.
At the time we knew the reason Pacquiao was in the country was to begin a new business arrangement with MTG Co., Ltd, and took part at an event to promote their products.
We didn't know why Mayweather was in Tokyo, though assumed it wasn't just for the music festival.
Today the unbeaten American held a press conference to announce exactly why he was in Japan, and what his future in the country was all about. "TMT Tokyo".
The "TMT" brand, "The Money Team", has been the brand that Mayweather has run in recent years and today he revealed he was expanding that bring in to Japan, though links with the Kameda brothers, promotional company Kyoei, Japanese management company Libera and the newly announced Mayweather Holdings.
TMT Tokyo will be looking to operate in a number of fields ranging from luxury cars, to boxing gyms, night clubs and Casinos.
When asked about the recent news that Mayweather would be having a rematch with Pacquiao the American seemed a little bit coy, and admitted that there wasn't yet a deal in place, though said “Maybe we can do the fight in Tokyo", suggesting that his future isn't to stay out of the ring. That would likely be a Kyoei-Mayweather promoted event, due to the need to Japanese promotional license. which Kyoei have. Such an event was compared to Muhammad Ali fighting in the country, and seems clear that there are big plans to between Kyoei, the Kameda's and Mayweather to increase the profile, and money involved, in Japanese boxing.
A return bout would also require Mayweather to peak to Showtime, which he stated he was going to do when he returned to the US.
Mayweather also revealed that he would be back in Japan in October for business reasons, though didn't give any more details on what businesses this return would be focused on.
(Image courtesy of Yoshiaki Miura)
Yesterday fight fans across Japan saw Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (91-5-2, 47) [พงษ์ศักดิ์เล็ก วันจงคำ] take part in an exhibition, which ended in round 2 when Koki stopped the Thai veteran. The bout was supposed to be Kameda's final contest though afterwards Kameda stated he would like to fight again, against 4-weight world champion Roman Gonzalez (46-2, 38) in a bout potentially at Super Flyweight.
The bout looked like a pretty interesting one on paper, and given the popularity of both men it would certainly draw in a lot of interest from fans, all over the glove, with many wanting to see Kameda fight a live opponent, a lot wanting to see Kameda get beaten and a lot wanting to see Gonzalez fight against someone who isn't going to potentially finish his career with some brutal knockout, like a third bout against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai could do.
The bout seemed like a good idea from Kameda and something that fans, sponsors and the such would like. Sadly however it has already been shot down, with Teiken representative Tsuyoshi Hamada stating there is no point in the bout and that Gonzalez was looking to reclaim a world title.
It's clear that Teiken would rather have Gonzalez in a big bout, though with the Super Flyweight title picture looking a bit tied up for now we can't help but feel Hamada's comments lack real merit. We understand Teiken not wanting to deal with Kameda, but there is point in the match up, with a bout potentially giving Gonzalez a good pay day in Japan for what would be seen as a relatively safe bout coming back from a string of wars with Carlos Cuadras and Srisaket, as well as back to back losses. Teiken and Gonzalez have got to fancy their man being too good for Kameda and given the potential financial pay off it seems silly for Teiken to rule out the bout so quickly.
It's unclear what either mans immediate plans are but we wouldn't be surprised to see Kameda back in the ring before the end of 2018, whilst Gonzalez is thought to be attempting one final charge at world level before the end of the year.
Earlier today fight fans in Japan were able to tune into Abema TV and see the rematch between Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (91-5-2, 47) [พงษ์ศักดิ์เล็ก วันจงคำ], who fought in a 6 round exhibition at Bantamweight.
The bout, which was advertised as being Koki Kameda's final bout, was fought in front of a packed Korakuen Hall and started quite comptitively. Wonjongkam, who looked old but still had glimpses of his ring craft, started fast and had some early success. It wasn't long however until Kameda's youth and speed began to shine and through the first round Kameda looked like he was getting more and more comfortable.
In round 2 the speed of Kameda told again as he landed a hard right hand and a solid straight left to send Wonjongkam down hard. The Thai tried to get to his feet but stumbled and the referee stopped the bout almost immediately before Kameda celebrated.
The two men would embrace, and there was a lot of respect between the two men after the bout.
Also after the bout Kameda told the crowd that this may not be his final bout after all, and that he would like to return for one more, a proper fully sanctioned bout.
Kameda not only stated he wanted to fight again, but that he would like to face off with 4-weight world champion Roman Gonzalez (46-2, 38). He offered to go down to Super Flyweight to face the Nicaraguan in what would be a really interesting fight, given that Gonzalez doesn't look like the fighter he once was, and despite Kameda beign older he is naturally bigger and has avoided the big wars Gonzalez has had in recent bouts.
As for Wonjongkam, his post fight comments suggested that even in his peak he would have struggled to have taken the shots that finished him off today, and compliments Kameda's speed and crispness.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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