This Wednesday's very promising IBF/WBA Super Flyweight unification bout between Daiki Kameda and Liborio Solis will still go ahead however Solis did fail to make weight.
Solis, who won his title in an enthralling contest with Kohei Kono earlier this year, weighed in at 117.5lbs, significantly above the 115lb Super Flyweight limit. As a result of this weight issue he has been stripped by the WBA. Thankfully however the WBA title will still be on the line allowing Daiki to become the unified champion.
We'd expect the IBF to recognise Kameda as the champion win or lose.
As far as the other contests on the card, they will go ahead as planned. Katsunari Takayama will be defending his IBF Minimumweight title against Filipino challenger Vergilio Silvano and Tomoki Kameda will be defending against Immanuel Naidjala.
Some shows just seem to get better and better and the Kameda promoted show for December 3rd is one such show.
The first news we had from it was that Daiki Kameda would defend his IBF Super Flyweight title against WBA champion Liborio Solis in a very interesting IBF/WBA unification bout.
That bout alone seemed to be big news but then just days later we heard that there had been a second notable contests added to the show as IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama was announced to defend against Vergilio Silvano.
It would have been fair enough to have assumed that would have been the final big announcement for the show. Surprisingly however the Kameda's had another addition, the first defense by the WBO Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda.
The youngest of the Kameda trio will be fighting the unbeaten Immanuel Naidjala of Namibia. A man that we will admit to knowing very, very little about. In fact all we really know is that he is highly ranked by the WBO (#6) and has never fought outside of his homeland. In fact Naidjala has only fought outside of Windhoek once in his 18 contests.
With a record of 17-0-1 (11) Naidjala looks like a credible challenger. Though we'd be very much shocked Tomoki, 28-0 (18), lost his title here especially in his first defense.
Amazingly a win for Tomoki will be the first ever successful WBO world title defense by a Japanese fighter, and we believe the first ever successful WBO world title defense, by anyone, in Japan*.
*We know Fernando Montiel was the WBO champion when he defeated Hozumi Hasegawa, however Montiel's title wasn't on the line in that contest.
It appears that Japanese "renegade" Katsunari Takayama, the IBF Minimumweight champion, has finally been welcomed back to Japan.
Takayama, who won the IBF title on his third attempt at the title, hasn't fought in his homeland since a 2009 loss to Roman Gonzalez. Instead he has been fighting on the road with three fights in South Africa, one in the Philippines and one in Mexico, all in IBF affiliated contests.
Now with the JBC recognising the IBF it seems that Takayama is welcome back in Japan to defend his title.
The 32 fight veteran who sports a record of 25-6-0-1 (10) will be defending his IBF title for the first time as he takes on Filipino Vergilio Silvano.
Silvano himself sports a very impressive looking record of 17-2-1 (10) with 15 straight coming in to this bout. Although he has been fighting at a lower level than Takayama he is just 23 and will have no fear of fighting Takayama, who we regarded as the best Minimumweight on the planet right now.
Takayama v Silvano will take place on December 3rd sharing a show with Daiki Kameda v Liborio Solis, another contest with an IBF title on the line.
As the old saying going, you wait ages for a bus and two come around at once!
The recently crowned IBF Super Flyweight champion Daiki Kameda, who won his title by defeating Rodrigo Guerrero has announced his first defense. Kameda, will be battling WBA champion Liborio Solis, who himself will be known to Japanese fans courtesy of his thrilling victory over Kohei Kono.
The bout, an IBF/WBA unification bout at 115lbs, will take place on December 3rd in the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. It will be the first time an IBF title has been unified in Japan and we believe the first defenses of an IBF world title in Japan since 1990's historical clash between Mike Tyson and James Buster Douglas.
For Daiki (29-3, 18) this is a very tough contest. Solis (15-3-1, 7) will be high on confidence after defeating Kono and being on a 6 fight winning streak. Naturally we think Solis is the bigger man though at 31 years old he is significantly older than Daiki.
With Koki Kameda defending his title in South Korea on November 19th against Jung-Oh Son we're now just awaiting news on Tomoki Kameda's next defense. We'd not be shocked if it was in either December or January as the "Summer of Kameda" looks set to be followed by the "Winter of Kameda".
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