Back in March Koki Kameda, along with Masato Yamashita, announced that Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅] would be returning to the ring, for his first fight in almost 2 years, as he was set to face Hironori Miyake (9-10-2, 1) [三宅寛典]. Sadly however in April it was announced that the bout was postponed due to the on going state of emergency in Osaka, which made holding a show in early May in the EDION Arena Osaka, impossible.
Today we thankfully learned that the bout, and more correctly the show as a whole, wasn't off, but had instead merely rescheduled to May 22nd.
Not only has the date of the show changed but so to has it's venue. No longer will the event be in front of fans at the EDION Arena Osaka, but instead it will take place in an empty 176BOX in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, in what could be a rather weird setting given a lack of fans.
Thankfully for those wanting to watch the event will be available in Japan through the Abema streaming service, which has worked with Koki Kameda in a number of previous ventures and it seems like Kameda wants shows related to him to continue being distributed by Abema TV.
As well as Tomoki Kameda's involvement on the show, in the main event, the only other bout of any not on the card will see WBA world ranked Featherweight Hiroshige Osawa (36-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋] face 35 year old Chiharu Takasuka (7-7-1, 4) [高須賀千春], in what should be little more than a stay busy bout for Osawa.
A few weeks ago the WBC ordered Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] to face Spanish based Dominican Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-3-2, 10) for the WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title. That bout was then announced earlier this month for November 12th from the Korakuen Hall, with the only real missing information being how to watch it.
Earlier today saw an announcement regarding the distribution of the bout, with announcement confirming what many had expected, the bout would be made available through online streaming service Abema TV from 5PM local time.
The news was broken in an interview with Tomoki and Koki Kameda, with Koki stating "The era of television has changed and AbemaTV is also active at a great momentum. The new wind of boxing circles, I think that it is possible to be told to those who are seeing interest because there are various matches from the fourth round to the world war. " (Translated)
Tomoki himself sounded excited about the prospect of fighting in a world title bout on the service as well, stating . "I am happy that the first time is my world warfare. If you enjoy a good game and the viewers are happy, now is the age of the net, so I'm happy to see everyone to be a world champion ". (Translated)
It seems clear that the Kameda's are looking to strengthen their relationship with Abema TV who have shown exhibitions featuring Koki Kameda, which actually crashed their service with more than 13,000,000 tuning in, as well as Koki's unofficial bout with Pongsaklek Wonjongkam earlier this year.
With a potential nationwide audience through Japan the potential figures dwarf the traditional television numbers a fighter can usually get at home and there's a chance that this bout could be the highest viewed bout in the country this year, despite only being delivered via an online platform.
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