Over the weekend we reported the news that kick boxing king Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] would fight against Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] on June 22nd. At the time no details were available and the originally planned press conference had been scrapped due to the venue not being suitable for the number of press wanting to attend.
Today the rescheduled press conference took place and we finally got some details of the match up, and the rules regarding the fight, even if not everything is totally clear, yet.
The bout will be the third in the ¥10,000,000 series of shows run by Abema TV. Kameda was the first man to defend the money, doing so in 2017, and it's what Nasukawa did himself this past weekend. The money will be available for Kameda, but only if he can stop Nasukawa. If Nasukawa wins, the bout ends in a draw or goes the distance Abema will be keeping the money.
Although the prize was explained the moment the rules of the contest are still under-discussion, with suggestions being that it will be a form of modified boxing rules. Talk about weight, distance, glove weight and the like haven't been revealed either.
At the press conference a confident Kameda referred to Nasukawa's TKO1 loss to Floyd Mayweather at the end of 2018 and stated that he will also stop the the face of Japanese kick boxing in the opening round.
Nasukawa on the other hand spoke about about being confident and wanting to enliven the martial arts world, in battles outside of the typical martial arts frame work. He also spoke about looking up to Kameda when he was younger, showing respect to the former 3 weight world champion.
The full rules are expected to be announced in the near future, with Abema likely to have a lot of shoulder programming for the event as well.
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Earlier today Japanese fans tuning in to Abema saw kick boxing wunderkind Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] secure two wins as part of a special event, that had he lost the winner would have been the recipient of a large financial reward. Following the wins Abema announced that Nasukawa's next bout would see him take on former 3-weight boxing world champion Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅].
The contest, which was announced at the end of today's show, will take place on June 22nd and will have an official press conference in the near future to fully explain the details and rules.
Originally there was a snap conference announced for Sunday, but that had to be rescheduled due to the venue they had planned not being able to cope with the amount of press hoping to attend.
Japanese sources are reporting that the bout is likely to be a boxing contest, albeit with possibly a modified boxing rule set, and may also feature a large financial prize for the winner.
The two fighters have already spoke on the contest with Nasukawa stating "I would like to aim for KO because I want to play well. I would like to play a game well based on that, because I will not hit the punch well and will not play the next game." Whilst Kameda, who was the first to hold an event like Nasukawa's from earlier today, stated “I decided to play a serious match with a young man who will support the future martial arts world with his own Twitter. Tenshin Nasukawa, cheering up the bee circles to enliven the Japanese archipelago together I sent a message."
Interestingly Tenshin's bouts today included one against Tepparith Kokietgym (35-3, 22) [เทพฤทธิ์ ก่อเกียรติยิม] who scored a notable win over Koki's brother Daiki when he was a full time professional boxer.
Earlier today Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] took to twitter to reveal that that he was holding a meeting at the Kyoei Gym in regards to TFC vol 4, the shows he is responsible for in association with Kyoei.
In the same tweet he also mentioned his plans for 2019, stating that he was hoping to host 5 TFC cards in the new year, as he begins his new career as a full time promoter.
In 2018 we had 3 TFC shows, the most recent of which saw his younger brother Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] win the WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title, defeating Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-4-2, 10).
At the moment it's unclear who Kyoei will allow Kameda to work with, other than his brother, but given the power, and the backing, of Abema TV Kameda does have a great vehicle to help with his promotional work and he could well make the TFC series into a real success. If Kameda can get Kyoei to fully back the venture then there really is the potential to make the TFC series into a major success, and with 5 shows planned for next year they are certainly backing the concept during it's early stages.
(Image courtesy of Koki Kameda's twitter)
Earlier this year Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] ended a retirement to fight Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (91-5-2, 47) [พงษ์ศักดิ์เล็ก วันจงคำ] in what was essentially a glorified exhibition. After the bout Kameda suggested there was still 1 more fight he wanted, suggesting he'd love to face Roman Gonzalez, in what he described as a dream. That bout however never came close to being made with Teiken essentially ruling it out from Gonzalez's side of things.
Today Kameda took to his blog and announced that he was retiring, again, from active fighting.
Kameda stated that his new dream was leading his younger brother, Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅], to a world title sees his future responsibilities as being event producer for the TFC series of fights, with Tomoki's fighter against Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-3-2, 10) on Monday being the third event under the TFC banner.
For those wanting to read the announce from the former world champion the full blog entry can be read here.
Last week was a strangely big one for boxing icons Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) and Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27). The two men were both in Japan, to attend Ultra Japan, and the two both seemed to hint that they were be having a rematch later this year.
At the time we knew the reason Pacquiao was in the country was to begin a new business arrangement with MTG Co., Ltd, and took part at an event to promote their products.
We didn't know why Mayweather was in Tokyo, though assumed it wasn't just for the music festival.
Today the unbeaten American held a press conference to announce exactly why he was in Japan, and what his future in the country was all about. "TMT Tokyo".
The "TMT" brand, "The Money Team", has been the brand that Mayweather has run in recent years and today he revealed he was expanding that bring in to Japan, though links with the Kameda brothers, promotional company Kyoei, Japanese management company Libera and the newly announced Mayweather Holdings.
TMT Tokyo will be looking to operate in a number of fields ranging from luxury cars, to boxing gyms, night clubs and Casinos.
When asked about the recent news that Mayweather would be having a rematch with Pacquiao the American seemed a little bit coy, and admitted that there wasn't yet a deal in place, though said “Maybe we can do the fight in Tokyo", suggesting that his future isn't to stay out of the ring. That would likely be a Kyoei-Mayweather promoted event, due to the need to Japanese promotional license. which Kyoei have. Such an event was compared to Muhammad Ali fighting in the country, and seems clear that there are big plans to between Kyoei, the Kameda's and Mayweather to increase the profile, and money involved, in Japanese boxing.
A return bout would also require Mayweather to peak to Showtime, which he stated he was going to do when he returned to the US.
Mayweather also revealed that he would be back in Japan in October for business reasons, though didn't give any more details on what businesses this return would be focused on.
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