This coming Saturday Japan's unbeaten Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19) looks to claim the WBA “regular” Bantamweight title and over-come Britain's hard working Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12). Although Tomoki was forced to vacate the WBO title for this bout it doesn't seem to have dented his confidence at all and in fact he seems to feel a belt doesn't make a champion.
At a press conference last night the talented Japanese fighter suggested that he was the “best in the division” and that he was going to stop McDonnell to claim the title. A very brave claim considering that McDonnell has never been stopped before, though it's fair to say that this is set to be the toughest fight of the Englishman's career, and also among the toughest of Kameda's career.
The confidence seemed really genuine and it seems clear that he believes he's right. In fact whilst talking about McDonnell he mentioned his record and that of McDonnell stating that he hadn't lost whilst McDonnell had been beaten twice.
Whilst we disagree with the idea Tomoki is the best Bantamweight on the planet it's fair to say he's the best not currently holding a world title, with Shinsuke Yamanaka being the current #1 in the division. If he stops McDonnell, as predict, it would be a spectacular result and the sort of result that he really can build on later in the year.
Sadly we're next expecting a bout between Tomoki and Yamanaka any time soon, it would be a brilliant match up, but one that appears to be thwarted by the politics of boxing.
Tomoki Kameda battles Jamie McDonnell but who will finish the night as the WBA Bantamweight champion*
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