Earlier today we saw part of the pre-fight formalities for Monday's WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title bout, between Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] and Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-3-2, 10)
The event was the signing ceremony and it began badly, with Medina arriving 35 minutes late, then explaining that he was lying down and was tired.
Kameda stated it was natural for overseas fighters to be late, and that he had once waited for 4 hours in Mexico waiting for his opponent to get to the weigh in and that he was used to this type of experience. At the actual ceremony Kameda said 3 years is a long time, and that's what he's waited for this world title fight. He said there was just 2 more days until he can win a world title again. He seemed incredibly confident that he would be too good for Medina and was sure that he would win.
Medina wasn't just late, but seemed in a bad mood through out, telling the press that he would show everything on the 12th, and didn't really speak much more than that. He looked annoyed through out and had the mentality of someone was still tired, following the 18 hour journey he had had last week from Spain to Japan.
Keiichiro Kanehira, from Kyoei didn't do much to help Medina's mood by suggesting that Medina's beard was too long and that they would have to talk at the rule meeting, which will take place tomorrow. This lead to Medina staring rather angrily at the Kameda team, whilst Kanehira explain it could be dangerous getting into the eyes of his man when they fight up close.
After the signing ceremony the two fighters selected their gloves, Kameda will be fighting in Green Winning gloves, whilst Medina has selected red Everlast gloves.
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(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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