Earlier today it was revealed that a deal had been reached for WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (33-0, 22) to face "interim" champion Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] in a unification bout.
The agreement was confirmed via the suljosblo site, though no details were explicitly share, other than that the fight will be announced shortly and has come about due to promoters working together to avoid a purse bid.
The bout will be Vargas's 5th defense of the title, which he won in February 2017, whilst the bout will be Kameda's first since he beat Abigail Medina for the interim title last November.
We're looking forward to seeing this one, given that the two men are not only both world class fighters but they have history following a clash when the two men were amateurs, which Vargas won.
On January 10th the JBC, along with members of the Tokyo Boxing Press, announced the nominations for the 2018 Japanese boxing awards.
The highest award is the Best Fighter, or MVP, award. The nominations for this award are:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] - The current WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion
Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] - The current WBO Flyweight champion
Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] - The current WBC Flyweight champion
and Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] - The current WBO Super Featherweight champion
The Skills Award again includes Kenshiro and Tanaka but also:
Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] - The current WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight champion
Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] - The current WBC Light Flyweight champion
and Jorge Linares (45-4, 28)
The Special award sees Ito and Tanaka being nominated
The KO award see's Naoya Inoue being joined by:
Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡] - The current OPBF Featherweight champion
and Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] - The current Japanese Middleweight champion
The Newcomer award has seen a nice number of candidates, the nominees here are, Takesako along with:
Tsubasa Koura (14-0, 9) [小浦 翼] - The current OPBF Minimumweight champion
Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶] - The current OPBF Super Bantamweight champion
Shuichiro Yoshino (9-0, 7) [吉野 修一郎] - The current Japanese Lightweight champion
Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] - The current Japanese Welterweight champion
The "strive", which appears to be an achievement type of award, has seen the following nominations:
Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義] - The current OPBF Lightweight champion
Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] - The current Japanese Light Welterweight champion
Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] - The former Japanese Flyweight champion
and Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] - The former Japanese Light Flyweight champion
The best fight, at world level has seen 3 bouts being nominated:
Sho Kimura [木村翔] Vs Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成] - WBO Flyweight title fight
Jorge Linares Vs Vasyl Lomachneko - WBA "super" Lightweight title fight
and Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] Vs Juan Carlos Payano - WBA "Regular" Bantamweight title fight
The best fight that wasn't at world level has 4 nominations:
Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] Vs Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾] - Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight
Valentine Hosokawa [細川バレンタイン] Vs Vladimir Baez - Japanese Light Welterweight title fight
Hironori Mishiro [三代大訓] Vs Masaru Sueyoshi [末吉 大] - OPBF / JBA Super Featherweight unification bout
Hikaru Nishida [西田 光] vs Kazuto Takesako [竹迫司登] - Japanese Middleweight title fight
The female Fighter of the Year nominations are:
Tenkai Tsunami (26-12, 15) [天海 ツナミ] - The current WBO female Light Welterweight champion
Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子] - The current WBO female Minimumweight champion
Naoko Fujioka (18-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子] - The current WBA female Flyweight champion
The female Fight of the Year nominations were:
Tenkai Tsunami [天海 ツナミ] Vs Chaoz Minowa [チャオズ箕輪]- WBO female Light Flyweight title fight
Nao Ikeyama [池山直] Vs Mika Iwakawa [岩川美花] - WBO Atomweight title fight
Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子] Vs Irma Sanchez - WBA female Flyweight title fight
Kayoko Ebata [江畑佳代子] Vs Etsuko Tada [多田悦子] - WBO female Minimumweight title fight
Voting will take place in January with the winners being awarded at a ceremony on February 8th.
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 month we saw Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] defeat Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-4-2, 10) to become the WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight champion.
Yesterday Tomoki, along with father Shiro Kameda, spent time at the WBC headquarters in Mexico, where Tomoki was given the physical title from Mauricio Sulaimán. The same event Shiro was also given something to reflect his achievements as a trainer, training 3 world champions.
Whilst there Kameda stated that he was wanting to fight regular champion Rey Vargas (32-0, 22), who not only holds the WBC regular title but also holds a win as an amateur over Kameda which Kameda clearly wants to avenge. It is worth noting however that a press conference a few days ago suggests that Kameda and his team aren't sure that bout will get made, at least not in the immediate future, and will be looking into back up plans if they need to.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
A couple of weeks ago we saw Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] become the new WBC "interim" WBC Super Bantamweight champion, following a unanimous decision win over over-come Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-4-2, 10).
Today the Japanese fighter took part in a press conference before resuming training for the first time since that win. At the press conference he seemed to be looking forward, towards his future and potentially his next professional bout.
The focus for Kameda, at the moment, is to face off with the WBC's regular champion Rey Vargas (32-0, 22), who actually beat Tomoki in the amateurs. That seems to be the bout he's wanting the most however it was revealed today that that bout may not take place as Vargas is looking to face WBA champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10), in what could end up being a unification bout. At today's press conference there was the suggestion that the WBC may not allow Vargas and Roman to fight, and would strip Vargas if he took part in that bout with first facing Kameda.
If the WBC do indeed choose to strip Vargas and promote Kameda he and his team mentioned the potentially of defending the title against a Japanese challenger in the new year. That could mean a potential bout with several domestic fighters, including both Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] and Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], who looking for big fights in the new year. If Kameda does face a Japanese fighter it would be his first bout against a countryman since May 2009, when he defeated Tatsuhiro Kumobayashi with a 4th round TKO.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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