When we talk about controversial Japanese boxing families nothing compares to the Kameda family.
The boxing side of the family features several controversial members. They include patriarch trainer Shiro Kameda, who has essentially riled up the JBC at every opportunity, former 3-weight world champion Koki Kameda (33-1, 18), former 2-weight world champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18) and current WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19).
So controversial are the clan that they have essentially been banned by the Japanese boxing commission who have refused to license the fighters since early 2014.
The fighters may be "banned" from Japan but they are free to box elsewhere and since their ban came into effect we have seen Tomoki and Koki both box in the US. In fact Tomoki has genuinely impressed American fans, with his KO of Pungluang Sor Singyu being particularly notable.
It seems like America, the land of dreams...the land of the free and the brave, is set to more of the Kameda's.
From what we understand the trio will be in action in April in another US card.
That card is expected to feature Tomoki fighting against WBA Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12) in a WBO/WBA unification whilst Koki is thought to be fighting in a non-title bout at Super Flyweight whilst Daiki will be fighting at Bantamweight. At moment no opponents have been linked to either Daiki or Koki though we're not expecting to see either man in with anyone too testing.
For Daiki that will mark his return to the ring after he lost to Liborio Solis way back in 2013. That bout was, for many, the straw that broke the camels back.
The Daiki Kameda Vs Liborio Solis bout was supposed to be IBF/WBA Super Flyweight world title unification bout. Sadly Solis weighed in over the limit causing him to be stripped of his title. The organising bodies ruled that if Daiki won he could unify the belts and publicly said that if Daiki lost he'd lose the IBF title, the Kameda's echoed that statement however the IBF rules stated Kameda would remain champion. Sadly when Daiki ultimately lost the IBF didn't strip him and the Japanese boxing fraternity turned on both the IBF and the Kameda forcing the JBC to act. Essentially banning the 3 men for misleading the public.
Both Tomoki and Daiki set off today for Miami where they will begin a training camp whilst Koki will join them later in the year. If the show goes ahead as planned this will be the first unification bout involving a Kameda brother since the ill fated Solis bout and will also be the first show to feature all 3 Kameda's since December 2012.
(Image of Daiki and Tomoki Kameda courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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