Earlier today controversial Japanese fighter Koki Kameda (33-1, 18) set off for the US ahead of a training camp to help him prepare for an up coming bout against WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13).
The former 3-weight world champion was happy to talk to the media ahead of his departure and mentioned that he was set on creating Japanese boxing history by becoming the countries first ever 4-weight world champion, hence the 4 finger pose in the picture. That is despite the fact he is still banned from fighting in Japan following the Kameda gym license being revoked by the JBC in the wake of the Daiki Kameda affair.
Kameda seemed incredibly confident ahead of his departure and seems to be unimpressed by Kono, almost viewing the fight as a forgone conclusion when the two men eventually get into the ring together. Of course getting the men in the ring still isn't actually sorted and teams for both Kono and Kameda are still trying to make a deal for the fight. From what we understand however it's looking very likely that the bout is heading to the US with Kameda's advisor, Al Haymon, almost certainly going to lure Kono across the globe with huge money, either in the negotiation process or in a winning purse bid.
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(Image courtesy of Okuyama Masashi/Nikkan Sports)
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