According to one of our Japanese sources the WBO are set to mandate a bout between unbeaten WBO Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19) and interim champion Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15). That is unless Tomoki vacates the title and makes his move to Super Bantamweight as was mentioned recently.
Tomoki's team, if Tomoki chooses to continue at Bantamweight, could argue that he's just fought a mandatory fight however the WBO would counter that by noting that Tomoki has only defended his title once this and even that came after numerous re-arrangements. Those arrangements forced the WBO to turn to an interim championship bout just to keep their "title" active.
Although Hernandez has a poor looking record he is on a great run of results in recent bouts. Those bouts have seen him knocking out Filipino fighter Marvin Mabait in a shock result and then defeating the once touted Daniel Rosas. Although they have only been at the "fringe" level they have helped boost him into the top 10 on the computerised system at Boxrec.com.
In regards to his losses Hernandez has fought some very good fighters and had some bad luck. Those good fighters he has been beaten by include Omar Andres Narvaez, Akifumi Shimoda and Leo Santa Cruz, with the Cruz loss being an unfortunate one that saw Hernandez injuring his hand. He also has an unfortunate draw to Marvin Sonsona in a bout that saw Sonsona failing to make weight.
The problem for Tomoki if he does take this fight is that he can't really "win". Beating a guy with 10 previous losses would be derided by fight fans who refuse to look past the numbers related to a fighter and if he was upset many would make out that Tomoki was a low quality champion rather than give Hernandez any credit.
At the moment the future is bright for Tomoki, who recently signed with Al Haymon. It would seem likely however that the future for Tomoki won't actually involve Hernandez who we expect will fight for the full version of the title when Tomoki moves to Super Bantamweight. We're expecting that move to be confirmed for Tomoki's next bout which we expect will be next spring.
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