Narvaez to fight Kameda?
A story breaking from some of our South American contacts is that Argentinian star Omar Andres Narvaez (41-1-2, 22), the WBO Super Flyweight champion, is targeting a unification bout with Japan's very own Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18), the IBF champion.
Although we had expected Koki Kameda to be eying up a bout with Narvaez, it now seems his brother is the more like candidate for the Narvaez clash. This would, if it's signed, allow Daiki to delay his mandatory title defense against South African Zolani Tete, however a bout with Narvaez isn't an easy one.
We would assume that Daiki would be easier to pry out of Japan than Koki, who lets be honest doesn't seem likely to travel to Argentina. However what may be the idea is that if Narvaez was to beat Daiki then Koki would get a fight with the Argentinian in Japan with both the IBF and WBO titles on the line.
Of course another reason why Daiki maybe the one being targeted is the fact Daiki doesn't seem to take the easy option like his brother. In 2013 Daiki showed his bottle by fighting against 2 very credible opponents in the form of Rodrigo Guerrero and Liborio Solis, whilst Koki fought 3 less established opponents, and struggled with 2 of them.
We'll not yet be saying this is confirmed but it's a bout that certainly does interest us if it does get made and we'll be hoping that it does, although we'd actually prefer to see a fight between Koki and Narvaez as we'd like to see Koki given a test following his questionable moved to Super Flyweight in late 2013.
Yesterday saw the WBA announce the date of the upcoming WBA Super Flyweight title fight. The bout, which will pit interim champion Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26) of Thailand against former champion Kohei Kono (28-8, 11) will take place on March 26th in Tokyo.
Kono, ranked #2 by the WBA, lost the world title to Liborio Solis earlier this year in a thrilling contests that saw both men dropped. Since then though Kono has been inactive, though will be fighting on New Years Eve against a Thai novice. The 33 year old who won the WBA world title on December 31st 2012, by scoring an unexpected stoppage over Tepparith Kokietgym, was unfortunate to run in to Solis in his first defense which brought his reign to a short close after 2 prior losses in world title challenges
For Kaovichit this will be his first fight since September when he over-came former 2-time champion Nobuo Nashiro via a narrow split decision for the interim title. Aged 37 Kaovichit is certainly a veteran of the sport though and was first a world champion back in December 2008. With his age and ring rust he will be seen as the under-dog though does have a 2-1-1 record in world title fights in Japan with wins coming against Daiki Kameda and Hiroyuki Hisataka.
At the moment no other bouts from the card have been announced, though we would expect several Japanese v Thai bouts for the undercard.
There are few families in world boxing that are as controversial as the Kameda brother's. Sadly the trio don't tend to help themselves that often and instead they seem to just make things worse.
The latest faux pas by the Kameda's has seen Koki Kameda give up his WBA "regular" Bantamweight title rather than face WBA "super" champion Anselmo Moreno. A move that is being met be derision by pretty much everyone in boxing and will go down as one of the clearest "ducks" in recent boxing history. In fact, you may well need to go back to Riddick Bowe tossing a belt into a bin to find a more clear example of ducking than this.
The Kameda-Moreno bout was set to go to purse bids on December 10th. Instead Koki has vacated the title and asked the WBA to rank him at Super Flyweight. A move we called way back in September (Koki Kameda v Anselmo Moreno-Not yet, if ever).
What changed between September and now is the state of the WBA Super Flyweight title. Back then it was held by Liborio Solis. Of course this past week saw Solis being stripped of the title due to a failure to make the 115lb limit prior to his bout with Koki's brother Daiki. With Daiki failing to win that contest the title has remained vacant. You can bet your bottom dollar that Koki is eying up that belt as we speak.
Whilst the avoidance of Moreno is a clear duck, and the puns such as "Coward Kameda" and "Quacky Kameda" are floating around the net, Koki himself will point to history. If he can claim a world title at 115lbs he would become the first ever Japanese fighter to be a 4-weight world champion. And yes, we know that would really rub salt in the wounds of those who dislike Koki.
Sadly we can't help but say "told you saw", as we predicted this several times over the past few months, most recently after Daiki's fight with Solis. Saying that, we do think it'd be hilarious if the WBA told Koki to earn a ranking at 115lbs rather than just be granted one. It'd be nice to see one of the organisations finally sticking up to the Kameda's, though it would be rather unlikely.
Daiki to battle Solis in unification
The recently crowned IBF Super Flyweight champion Daiki Kameda, who won his title by defeating Rodrigo Guerrero has announced his first defense. Kameda, will be battling WBA champion Liborio Solis, who himself will be known to Japanese fans courtesy of his thrilling victory over Kohei Kono.
The bout, an IBF/WBA unification bout at 115lbs, will take place on December 3rd in the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. It will be the first time an IBF title has been unified in Japan and we believe the first defenses of an IBF world title in Japan since 1990's historical clash between Mike Tyson and James Buster Douglas.
For Daiki (29-3, 18) this is a very tough contest. Solis (15-3-1, 7) will be high on confidence after defeating Kono and being on a 6 fight winning streak. Naturally we think Solis is the bigger man though at 31 years old he is significantly older than Daiki.
With Koki Kameda defending his title in South Korea on November 19th against Jung-Oh Son we're now just awaiting news on Tomoki Kameda's next defense. We'd not be shocked if it was in either December or January as the "Summer of Kameda" looks set to be followed by the "Winter of Kameda".
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