Earlier today news broke of the sad and tragic passing of former world title challenger Robert Villarma Landero, also known as Toto Landero, at the age of 26.
The former fighter was found after being washed away in flood water in the Negros Occidental province of his homeland.
Landero debuted in 2013, and went 8-0-2 (2) in his first 10 bouts before being given his first loss by Joey Canoy. He bounced back from that loss with a victory over future world champion Vic Saludar and would later get a shot at WBA world champion Knockout CP Freshmart, losing a well contested to the Thai. Sadly after that loss he would go 1-6, with his only win coming in a rematch with Canoy. His most recent bout came just a few short weeks ago, when he lost a decision to Christian Araneta.
We would like to send our thoughts to the friends and family of Landero, who was taken far too early.
Earlier today Japanese news websites reported the death of former world title challenger Akio Kameda (27-4, 21) [亀田昭雄], who passed away back on April 16th at the age of 65. The hard hitting former Welterweight and Light Welterweight contender died in hospital in Sano City, Tochigi, following a battle with rectal cancer.
As a fighter Kameda first made his name in the mid 1970's, as a stand out Japanese amateur, winning the All Japan championships in 1975. He had hopes of competing in the 1976 Olympics in Mexico City, but missed out and instead turned professional and made his debut in in March 1977, doing so in Hawaii.
Following his debut Kameda went on a 17 fight unbeaten run, going 17-0 (14). During that run he won the Japanese Welterweight title, and made 8 defenses. Sadly that winning run came to an end in 1982, when he challenged WBA Light Welterweight champion Aaron Pryor. He dropped Pryor in the first round, but was dropped twice in round 2 and once in round 3, before later being stopped, in what was a really great fight.
Following the loss to Pryor we saw Kameda drop down to 140lbs, where he won the Japanese title, scoring 4 defenses of the title. Despite his strong domestic form he failed to pick up the OPBF title, losing twice to Eung Shik Kim in OPBF title bouts in 1984. In 1985 he went on to win the IBF Japan Welterweight title, being the only holder of that short lived title.
In his final bout Kameda challenged the then IBF 140lb champion Terry Marsh, travelling over to the UK for the bout. Sadly for Kameda he was stopped in 7 rounds by Marsh and retired soon afterwards, in what was actually the final bout for both men.
After retiring Kameda went on to train Karate, and also treat cancer patients with cancer patients with a moxibustion, which is thought to help reduce the effects of chemotherapy.
We would like to send out thoughts to Kameda's family and friends.
Yesterday sad news broke from Pakistan that Pakistani boxer Muahmmad Aslam had died following a bout against Wali Khan in Karachi.
The bout took place at a private club and was reportedly being held as part of a charity show, though reports also suggest that there was lack of medical personnel present at the venue.
Mr Aslam was knocked out hard, and sadly there no rush of medical staff to the ring, as we would typically see, backing up the reports of a lack of medical personnel. There was however some people who did see to him, eventually, though they seemed to be a very inexperienced medical team.
Following Aslam's death the Pakistan Boxing Council has released several videos sending condolences to Mr Aslam's family, including one from Amir Khan. With Khan explaining that boxing coaching in Pakistan needs to improve and that the death should work as a wake up call to fighters to improve their defensive skills.
We would also like to send our thoughts to Mr Aslam's and also hope this serves as a major wake up call to boxing in Pakistan.
We've seen worrying scenes in the past from boxing in Pakistan, in regards to health and safety. Hopefully something positive can come from Muhammad's death, and we see improvements in how the sport is run, how fighters are looked after following bouts, how medical assistance is done and how training is done in the country.
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