Just a few days have passed since Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19) made an excellent impression in his US debut but already the plans for the future look huge.
Kameda, who impressively stopped Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-3, 31) on Saturday night/Sunday morning to defend the WBO Bantamweight title, got rave reviews from boxing fans, journalists and others in the boxing community. So positive were those reviews and comments that it seems Oscar De La Hoya is likely to welcome Tomoki back to the states for a future fight. No date for such a fight has yet been scheduled though the indication is one that must be seen as a positive for "El Mexicanito".
De La Hoya, himself a former multi-weight world champion and major US star, wasn't just impressed by the performance but was also quoted as saying the body shot that Tomoki finished the fight with was one of the best he had ever seen.
Whilst the news regarding the US is great to hear, especially considering the fact that Tomoki won on US soil as opposed to just putting up a great performance, the more interesting news is arguable regarding Tomoki's own plans.
It seems almost certain that the bout with Pungluang will have been Tomoki's last at 118lbs with the intention now being to move to the 122lbs Super Bantamweight division. Interestingly since the weekend we've see Tomoki's name linked to WBA super and WBO regular Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8). That would be a really serious test for Tomoki though it does show his self belief and confidence to even have his name linked to the Cuban sensation.
It appears, if we connect all the dots, that Tomoki will be vacating his Bantamweight in the coming months before setting up a Super Bantamweight bout in the US. We don't expect to see him jumping straight in with Rigondeaux but the 122lb division does have plenty of notable fighters in it and bouts with Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg and even Kiko Martinez all seem very interesting contests and, most importantly, can be made outside of Japan, afterall Tomoki still isn't licensed in the land of his birth.
At the moment the future is bright and the youngster is potentially on the crest of a wave. We hope that he can ride that wave to international super-stardom.
(Photo courtesy of Showtime)
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