Tomorrow at the 176Boxing in Toyonaka City, Osaka, we'll get the long awaited ring return of former world champion Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅], who takes on Hironori Miyake (9-10-2, 1) [三宅寛典] and ends a break of almost 2 years from in ring competition.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made the contracted limit of 56.5KG's, with some room to spare.
On the scales Kameda was 56.4KG's, or 124.3lbs, and looked in really good shape. Miyake on the other hand was 55.9KG's, around 123.3lbs, and looked ripped to shreds, but also much smaller than Kameda, who looked a division bigger than his less experienced for.
Sadly the co-feature, between former world title challenger world ranked Featherweight Hiroshige Osawa (36-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋] and Chiharu Takasuka (7-7-1, 4) [高須賀千春] has been cancelled after Takasuka failed to make weight.
For fans wanting to watch this one, it's expected to be shown, on delay, on AbemaTV, and the show will be held as a fan-less show, due to the on going state of emergency in Osaka.
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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.
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.
Late last night the WBA announced a Featherweight world title eliminator between Japan's Hiroshige Osawa (36-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋] and Dominican fighter Hector Luis Garcia (12-0-0-2, 9).
The two men are ranked #1 and #2 by the WBA and have been given 30 days, from March 10th, to negotiate an agreement for the bout, or else a purse bid will be ordered. The two men also need to tell the WBA that they intend to pursue the bout in the next 5 days. If a fighter doesn't respond within that that time the WBA will follow their rules to decide what to do next.
Neither of the two men is that well known away from their local fans but both are worthy of discussing, at least a tiny bit.
Osawa is best known for his 2016 loss to Oscar Valdez in a WBA world title fight. Since then he has gone 6-1 and has maintained a high WBA ranking. The 28 year old Garcia on the other hand is best known for this 2019 win over Anvar Yunusov, but will be regarded as the man stepping up in class here. Prior to turning professional he had been a notable amateur winning silver medals at a number of regional competitions and fighting at the 2016 Olympics.
The winner of this would become the mandatory for popular Chinese world champion Can Xu (18-2, 3) [徐灿].
One of the many Japanese fighters currently chasing gold is Hiroshige Osawa (36-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋], who is currently ranked #1 by the WBA at Featherweight.
Today, in Osaka, fans had the chance to Osawa in a stay busy fight against Indonesian journeyman Jason Butar Butar (29-27-1, 19) in an 8 round bout.
On paper this looked like a total mismatch in favour of Osawa but ended up being rather competitive.
Osawa began the fight behind his jab, but the Indonesian visitor wasn't there to just accept a loss, and fought back bravely, looking to match the jab of Osawa. Even when Osawa turned up the heat, and pressed with more intensity, he continued to struggle to have real success or land anything of note in the first half of the bout. That didn't change until the second half of the fight, when he amped up his aggression and put the bout beyond doubt. It was a good thing he did as the judges, or at least 2 of them, had it very close.
After 8 rounds the bout was scored 77-75, 78-74 and 79-73 in favour of Osawa. Although he got the win he will need a much, much better performance if he ever gets a second world title fight. It seems likely he's chasing a bout with Chinese fighter Can Xu (17-2, 3) [徐灿], but on today's performance he stands no chance against the "Monster".
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