Earlier today Japanese fight fans got the long awaited ring return of fomer WBO Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (33-2, 20) [亀田和毅], who foufght in Japan for the first time in more than 3 years. Although away from Japan for 3 years his continued did famously continue in the west with a number of fights aired on American TV, including his 2014 stoppage win over Pungluang Sir Singyu in Las Vegas.
On his Japanese ring return he took on tough Thai surivor Mike Tawatchai (42-10-1, 25) [ไมค์เกษตรพัฒนา] and dominated the bout, looking like a man who was looking to prove a point.
From the first round Kameda made it clear he was the faster, more skilled and more able fighter, using his speed and skills to land on Tawatchai with ease. The head and body were both clear targets for Kameda, though to credit the Thai he did well to protect himself and used his negativity to prevent any serious harm in the early stages.
In round 6 Kameda had his biggest break through, dropping Tawatchai with a body shot, but the Thai gritted his teeth and managed to not only get up but also have a brief moment of success. That success was however short lived and Kameda quickly resumed control, hunting a stoppage late in the bout. Tawatchai's toughness, bravery and defense were the only things preventing the stoppage for the Japanese fighter.
After the bout Kameda through his name into the hat for a world title fight in the now packed Super Bantamweight division, which could have two Japanese world champions in the months to come, with Yukinori Oguni being the IBF and Shun Kubo challenging WBA "regular" champion Nehomar Cermeno in April. He will also be aware that Rey Vargas would make for an interesting opponent for the WBC title whilst WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is known in Japan following his 2014 bout with Hisashi Amagasa, and notably that bout was promoted by Kameda's current promoter.
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