Earlier today 3150 Fight Club chairman Koki Kameda [亀田 興毅] took part in a press conference along with Masato Yamashita, the head of Shinsei Promotions, to announce a card set to take place at the EDION Arena on May 5th.
By it's self that wouldn't be huge news, given Shinsei put on lots of shows in West Japan and work with a number of local promoters.
This however was news worthy as they announced the the main event would be the ring return of former Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅], who has been out of the ring since July 2019, when he lost to Rey Vargas.
Whilst it is fantastic news to see Tomoki back in the ring it is worth noting that his opponent is an underwhelming one, with the former champion taking on Hironori Miyake (9-10-2, 1) [三宅寛典] in a scheduled 8 rounder. That's the same Miyake that was stopped in 4 rounds by a debuting Keisuke Matsumoto last year.
At the press conference to announce the bout Mr Yamashita explained "I and Chairman Koki each searched for Kameda's opponent, but it was difficult to find it, only Miyake gave himself up as a big game." It should be noted however that they were rumoured to have only been looking at right handed fighters, which may have ruled out a number of potential opponents.
Interestingly Kameda stated "I want to do various things on the day. If I can do live distribution," what makes this particularly interesting is the fact Shinsei themselves have been doing online distribution of shows via the Boxing Real YouTube channel, and that would almost certainly be a possible option for this event.
As well as Kameda's bout there will be 6 other contests scheduled for the event. From those 6 only one appears to be officially confirmed. That is a bout between WBA world ranked Featherweight Hiroshige Osawa (36-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋] and and 35 year old Chiharu Takasuka (7-7-1, 4) [高須賀千春], in what also looks to be a pretty underwhelming contest.
It should be noted that Osawa has been out of the ring since October 2019, and was ordered to fight in a WBA world title eliminator last year, before Covid19 essentially froze boxing and ended up seeing that eliminator being ignored.
Earlier today at the 3150 Fight Club in Osaka there was a press conference held by gym chairman Koki Kameda [亀田 興毅], alongside his younger brother Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅].
At the press conference Tomoki confirmed that he would become a member of the gym, allowing him to compete in Japan. He spoke about how he has been out of the ring for 18 months, and was now glad he can return to action, stating that he was enthusiastic about his return.
Koki seemed to suggest that Tomoki's return will be sooner rather than later and explained that he wanted Tomoki to be on a show in Spring. Not only that but he was promising a good purse for his brother, explaining that he wanted to be a promoter who can pay good payments to fighters, and the figure of "10 million yen" was referenced, which seems a ridiculously high figure for what will be a non-title fight.
Interestingly it was explained that the lengthy run of inactivity from Tomoki wasn't planned, though like many things last year it was a result of Covid19. He had planned a bout in April in the US, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. He then his son was born and he returned to Japan, where he has been training since August. He is now based in Osaka, where the gym is, and it seems like Japan will be his base for the foreseeable future.
In regards to Tomoki's future he is planning to remain at Super Bantamweight, despite the WBA ranking him at Featherweight.
Given how much of a problem international transport into Japan is right now the expectation is that Tomoki's return will be against a Japanese fighter, and if we're being honest that's not a bad thing given the incredibly competitive Japanese scene at 122lbs. In fact another Japanese fighter at the weight looking for a contest is Shingo Wake (27-6-2, 19) [和氣 慎吾], who had a planned bout for April cancelled when former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載] suffered an injury. Another interesting option would be Hiroaki Teshigawara (22-2-2, 15) [勅使河原 弘晶],though we suspect Kameda is looking at a safer, easier, option than those two given his lengthy absence from the ring.
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