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.
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Last week we saw TJ Doheny (20-0, 14) claim the IBF Super Bantamweight title, with a unanimous decision victory over Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] at the Korakuen Hall. Following the bout Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] stormed the ring to challenge Doheny.
After the fight the Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC) stated they would be in contact with Kameda to explain his actions, before possible sanctions for the former WBO Bantamweight champion.
Now it's been revealed that Kyoei have apologised to the JBC for Kameda's actions, with Kameda's manager visiting the JBC to apologise. It was revealed that Kameda didn't have any permission to enter the ring, and that the timing was poor, with Doheny's side not looking like they were expecting Kameda to join them.
The JBC have revealed that they see the situation as "problematic act" but "not a serious violation of the rules", making it clear that whilst this behaviour isn't good there is unlikely to be any serious sanction against Kameda.
A month before the fight took place Kameda posted a blog post stating that he was challenging any champion at Super Bantamweight. It seems like his actions last week have been put down to impatience and frustration, rather than any sort of malice.
Given he has world rankings with all 4 world title bodies it seems clear he is on the verge of a world title fight, though obviously needs to wait now until a bout can be made. With Doheny's facial damage he'll be unlikely to fight again this year, but that bout certainly has some in Japan talking already and would make for an exciting clash if it can be made for Doheny's first defense.
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On Thursday fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] suffer a unanimous decision to TJ Doheny (20-0, 14), losing the IBF Super Bantamweight title with that loss.
Following the bout Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] invaded the ring to challenge Doheny, with the Australian admitting that Kameda was lucky he didn't swing a punch at him.
By it's self that may not have been a problem, but it could end up being one.
The JBC (Japanese Boxing Commission) have stated that Kameda will have to explain why he invaded the ring and whether he was given permission by those involved in the event, which would mean G+ and Teiken.
The JBC have made it clear that IF Kameda was given permission by the organiser and television company then there will be no punishment for the former WBO Bantamweight champion. However if there was no permission the Kameda family, always a controversial clan, may be in more both with the JBC.
It's worth noting that the Kameda family typically haven't worked closely with Teiken, who hosted the event, and it's also unlikely that G+, the television broadcaster, would have given him permission.
Had their been an agreed plan for the winner to be challenged by someone, then the wouldn't be any problems, but this seems like Kameda may be about to punished in some way by the JBC, who have long clashed heads with the Kameda family including earlier this year when they prevented the rematch between Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (91-5-2, 47) [พงษ์ศักดิ์เล็ก วันจงคำ] to be regarded as an official bout.
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Earlier today fight fans around the globe had the chance to see an IBF Super Bantamweight title bout from the Korakuen Hall. That bout saw Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] lose the title to mandatory challenger TJ Doheny (20-0, 14) with a majority decision.
Following the bout there was several things to note.
Firstly Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] climbed onto the ring apron after the fight to issue a challenge to Doheny. Doheny, later told the media that he would fight anyone and it does seem like he's not against fighting Kameda. Similarly there is also interest from Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] to face Doheny, with Wake telling the press he would like to fight the new champion.
Iwasa stated that he felt he'd lost, and explained that his "skill was not enough". It was also revealed that his mentor Celes Kobayashi told him, after 8 rounds, that he would need a knockdown to win the bout.
It was also stated to the press that Iwasa's unsure if he's going to continue his career. It wasn't clear that he was going to retire, but the 28 year old did seem to suggest it was a real possibility.
For those interest we've included the score card below.
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Earlier today fight fans in Japan saw former world champion Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] score a dominant win over experienced Mexican fighter Daniel Noriega (30-12-1, 15), who was tough but totally over-matched.
From the opening round it was clear that Kameda was far better than the visitor. He was faster, crisper, moved around the ring with ease and looked the boss. The dominance of Kameda saw him really shine in round 2, when he scored his first knockdown of the Mexican and even came close to a stoppage. The whooping continued in round 3 as Tomoki began to look like a fighter really chasing an early finish, but Noriega saw off the storm.
Noriega was dropped again in round 5 and looked a beaten man as the body shots really ripped him apart in round 6. Despite having a respectable round 7 Noriega was again hurt and battered in round 8, as Tomoki came close to forcing the referee to step in. To his credit Noriega did just just enough to keep the referee from stepping in and from then on he never really looked in trouble again, but never came close to testing Kameda who got 10 rounds in for the third bout in a row, taking the win with scores of 100-88 from all 3 judges.
The bout is thought to be Kameda's final bout before getting a show at a Super Bantamweight title. It's unclear who he will be fighting, but he looks happy to face any of the current champions, with strong rumours of a fight against WBA champion Daniel Roman for later this year, with Roman having a growing reputation in Japan.
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