This coming weekend we'll see Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] battle against WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (33-0, 22), as they attempt to unify the interim and regular titles.
Yesterday, ahead of that bout, Kameda took part in a media work out and spoke about the contest with Vargas.
The two men, who fought as amateurs with Vargas winning, do know each other somewhat from their days competing on the Mexican amateur scene. At the event yesterday Kameda stated that fighting as professionals was totally different to fighting as amateurs, and stated that he now has the experience to beat Vargas, something he seemingly didn't have when the men fought each other the first time.
He also explained that he was happy to be returning to US soil to fight, and would be showing off his Japanese-Mexican style for the fans in LA
As for the work out it was pretty light and easy, with some shadow boxing for the media.
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Earlier today WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] took part in a work out for selected media, and spoke about the plans he has, to prepare for his upcoming bout with WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (33-0, 22), ahead of their July 13th bout.
The talented Kameda has been under-going intensive physical training in Kobe to prepare for the contest, working with a noted physical trainer since March to try and build on his power and physical strength.
Next is to return to Osaka to put some final touches to his preparation before leaving Japan on July 6th, just a week before the bout, to head to the US for the contest.
Typically we've seen issues when fighters leave their travelling so late, and we do wonder whether the planning has gone wrong here.
In fairness Kameda is one of the few Japanese fighters who has had success in the US, and in Mexico, but we do still wonder whether 7 or so days is really enough to acclimatise to the conditions. Kameda is one of the few who likely is aware of how long it takes his body to adapt, though we do still think he's cutting it fine before going up against someone as good as Vargas.
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The bout is set for July 13th and will take place in Carson California, a 35 minute journey from downtown Los Angeles.
He also stated it would be aired on DAZN, in the US, as part of Golden Boy's relationship with the online service, though at the moment it's unclear who will be getting the Japanese rights with DAZN also being available there though Kameda has worked with Abema for his recent bouts.
The unbeaten Mexican champion will be looking to make his 5th defense of the belt, and repeat his amateur win over Kameda. Kameda on the other hand will be looking to become a 2-weight champion, having previously been a world champion at Bantamweight, and avenge his amateur loss.
Despite both men being very talented, this does have the makings of a pretty dull tactical fight, with neither being regarded as much of a puncher, though purists will almost certainly enjoy the technical action of two very well schooled fighters at the very top of their game.
Earlier today WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] held a press conference to announce that he would, as we already knew, be facing WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (33-0, 22) next time out, in a WBC Unification bout.
The details from the press conference weren't totally complete but Tomoki did revealed a few new things that hadn't previously been confirmed, including where the bout will be and the general date of the contest.
Tomoki revealed that the bout will be taking place in Los Angeles in July. He admitted he wasn't allowed to state the specific date, though reports from Japan following the press conference suggest a mid-July date has been agreed.
The fighter spoke about losing to Vargas as an amateur and wanting to avenge that loss in the professional ranks.
The plan now is for Kameda to take part in a training camp at the Nanki Shirahama Golf Club over the coming days before beginning sparring, and is looking to work with some Mexican partners to prepare for Vargas.
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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.
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