Over the last few years the Super Flyweight division has been an over-looked division which has generally seen fighters passing through it rather than establishing themselves there, save for Omar Andres Narvaes. That could be all about to change however if the rumours we've been reading are correct. Sadly if they are correct then things could quickly become a little complicated with a unified champion and and two Japanese holding variations of the WBA belt.
The first rumour we've heard, and one that makes a lot of sense, is that the WBA will allow “mandatory challenger” Koki Kameda (33-1, 18) to battle against interim champion David Sanchez (26-2-2, 20). This is a bout that allows the WBA and the JBC to both save face and allows Kameda to make a big impact in the US, or in Mexico, and state a claim as Japan's first 4-weight world champion
At the moment the JBC don't allow their fighters to fight for the WBA “interim” title inside Japan. Effectively treating it with the contempt that fans should. Kameda however is outside of the reach of the JBC as he is now unlicensed by the organisation and he is now fighting in the US, where he is backed by Al Haymon, a major player stateside. As the JBC's rules no longer apply to Kameda he is “allowed” to fight for the WBA “interim” title and in theory nothing would stop him from doing so.
Sadly for Kameda his ban from Japan means he can't actually get a fight against regular champion Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13), however if Kameda went in the direction of the “interim” title it would allow the WBA to grant Kameda his title fight and it would also avoid a bout with Kono and any involvement of the JBC.
The rumours however don't stop there.
At the moment Sanchez has got a scheduled title defence of his title against fellow Mexican Juan Alberto Rosas (40-8, 28). That bout is scheduled for February 14th and would obviously keep Sanchez, or Rosas if he were to win, out of the ring for several months.
This leads us to the second rumour which suggests that by the time a Kameda Vs Sanchez, or Rosas, bout can be made we will not actually have an “interim” champion. Instead what could happen is the WBA could allow Kono to fight with WBO champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) in a unification bout, the winner of that would become the WBA “super” champion and allow the “interim” title to be upgraded to the regular title. If this were to happen it would allow Kameda to fight for the “regular” title, either against Sanchez or for a vacant title.
Leaning in this direction of this rumour is the fact we already know Inoue wants a unification bout in April. We know that the IBF title won't be available and that his options are limited to either the WBA title, held by Kono, or the WBC title, held by Carlos Cuadras (31-0-1, 25). Whilst a fight with Cuadras would be more interesting it may be easier to negotiate a deal with Kono and it'd be a deal that the WBA would be happy to allow if it allows them to have a “Super” title and open up an extra revenue stream.
A third rumour is that Al Haymon will bankroll the purse bid for the prospective Koki Kameda Vs Kohei Kono bout, and make sure the bout takes place in the US, again outside of the remit of the JBC. It'd be fair to say the JBC would be incredulous if this were to happen but there is a chance it could happen with Haymon perhaps putting it on one of his soon to be announced NBC shows in the US. Possibly sticking the bout on a show featuring Koki's younger brother Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19), the current WBO Bantamweight champion, who also a Haymon advised fighter
Of course at the moment these three scenario's are both only based on rumour and conjecture though it could be that something along these lines does end up happening in the coming months.
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