Earlier today the KWORLD3 Gym, headed by Koki Kameda, announced a show set for September 17th at the Mielparque Hall in Osaka.
The big talking point from the announcement was the main event, which will see hard hitting Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (21-6, 18) [坂晃典] defending his title against 22 year old youngster Tsubasa Narai (8-1, 7) [奈良井 翼]m who gets his first title bout.
The announcement, which came at a press event, saw Kameda do something we don't often see in Japan, and reveal the purses for the fighters on the show. He explained that the fighters in the 4 round bouts on the under-card will be getting 120,000 Yen, double what a fighter would usually get.
As for the main event fighters, Narai, as the challenger will get 1,000,000 Yen and Saka will get 4,500,000 Yen. This is double of what both men would typically be paid for a Japanese title fight, and Kameda added that he wanted to see Japanese champions earn 10,000,000 Yen per year, over 3 fights.
Notably Saka didn't attend the press event today, however Narai was there in person and admitted that he was surprised at getting this shot so early, and it's hard to argue with him especially given he suffered a loss to Koki Kameda's cousin just 2 fights ago. If he wins he would become the second fighter from the RK Kamata Gym to win a Japanese title. As for Saka this bout will serve as his second defense of the Japanese Super Featherweight title
(For comparison purposes 100 Yen = $0.74 or £0.64)
Ryo Miyazaki's return has a new date!
Earlier today former 3-weight world champion turned promoter Koki Kameda announced that his next show, "3150 Fight Vol 1" has now got a new date set for it, after being cancelled in September due to the on going Covid19 Pandemic.
The show, which will take place at the Mielparque Hall, in Osaka, is now set to take place on December 16th with AbemaTV broadcasting the event live.
Sadly the full line up for the show hasn't been announced though it's been confirmed that former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] would be competing in the main event, in a 6 round against a yet to be named opponent, and that Kameda is planning for him to be moved aggressively in 2022 to try and secure a world title bout towards the end of next year. Although this will be his first bout in more than 5 years, with his last coming in August 2016 when he lost to Ryoichi Taguchi, Miyazaki did explain that he's remained involved in boxing and it seemed like he was hungry to make up for lost time.
Miyzaki was at the press conference to announce the show, along with Kameda, and was also joined at that press conference by Japanese Heavyweight Mitsuro Tajima (0-0) [但馬ミツロ], who is now contracted to the 3150 Gym, and will be making his debut under their guidance. Sadly no date has been set for Tajima's debut, but it was confirmed that he is now the proud holder of a JBC A class license, and is only the 9th Japanese fighter to get an A Class license before his debut.
Back in August we reported that former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] was set to return to the ring on September 25th, his first fight in years, as he looked to restart his career under the guidance of Koki Kameda. That bout was supposed to see Miyazaki, who was last seen losing to Ryoichi Taguchi in 2016, take on Taigi Higashi (6-5, 2) [東 大河] in a bout that promises to be an exciting one, as most Miyazaki bouts were.
Sadly however the news out today is that that bout has been postponed indefinitely due to Covid19 cases in Osaka and the surrounding region.
The show was set to be the second promoted by Koki Kameda and his new 3150 Gym, though with Covid cases being as high as they are in Japan it seems unlikely that fans would have been allowed in the venue. It seems that Kameda realised this and has cancelled the show for now, rather than running a second event with out fans, as his first was also held in empty arena.
At the moment it seems likely that this event is postponed and not cancelled however, with Kameda expected to re-arrange it for later in the year, after the current Covid19 wave dies down and when Osaka will be safe to hold events with fans.
Ryo Miyazaki signs with Koki Kameda's promotional company, ring return expected!
Earlier today it was announced that former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] would be making an unexpected return to professional boxing at the age of 32, ending a near 5 year break from the ring to restart a career that promised much, but sadly under-delivered.
The aggressive and exciting Miyazaki is best known for his short world title reign that began with a FOTY contender in 2012, against Pornsawan Porpramook, and saw him defending the title against Carlos Velarde, with a sensational KO, and Jesus Silvestre, with a razor thin decision, before moving up in weight and suffering an shock upset to Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. Prior to the loss he was regarded as the #2 fight at the Ioka Gym, behind Kazuto Ioka.
Following his first loss Miyazaki scored a string of low key wins before getting a second world title shot, losing a clear decision to Ryoichi Taguchi in August 2016. After that bout he quietly retired, handing in a retirement notice in August 2017, and had some out of the ring issues.
For his return Miyazaki has signed up with the 3150 Fight Club, the gym run by Koki Kameda, and it seems the plan will be for him to fight likely later later this year, though no date has been announced for the return of the former champion.
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.
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