On July 29th, Japan time, the JBC ranking committee announced that Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19), the reigning WBO Bantamweight champion, was now considered as a fighter outside of the jurisdiction of the JBC. Effectively giving him the same treatment they would give to a foreign fighter.
Although the move is huge in regards to what the JBC have done Tomoki, who defended his title recently with a stunning stoppage of Pungluang Sor Singyu, is unlikely to feel any immediate effect from this decision. In fact if anything this is going to further solidify his intention of making his name in the west with the American and Mexican audiences.
Having recently signed a deal with American advisor Al Haymon we're expecting to see Tomoki become a staple of his shows in the US. With Tomoki's style being a fun one to watch we'd not be shocked by Haymon and co rubbing their hands with glee at the JBC's decision.
At the moment Tomoki and his team are expecting to fight mandatory challenger Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15), probably before the end of the year. Although no date or venue are set we'd expect the bout to be in the US on a notable undercard with the intention to move Tomoki towards bigger and better fights stateside.
We think that if Tomoki's name and reputation can grow in the US there is every chance his brothers will follow him across the globe considering the struggle Koki Kameda is having with the JBC. It's not a certainty but it is a clear option given the on-going battles between the JBC and Kameda family
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