Earlier today fight fans in Kobe saw former WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (39-3, 21) [亀田和毅] score an impressive and dominant win over hard hitting Dominican fighter William Encarnacion (19-4, 15).
On paper this looked an interesting match up, especially given it was the bout for Kameda as a fully fledged Featherweight. Instead however it was one sided beat down by Kameda, from the start of the bout.
From the off Kameda looked too quick, too sharp and too crisp for Encarnacion, who looked slow in comparison and had no answer to Kameda's speed and jab. Notably however the highlight of the round was a left hand to the body from Kameda. Having lost the opening round Encarnacion looked to turn things around in round 2, when he began pressing more, but the speed of Kameda proved to be too much, again.
In round 3 the body shots of Kameda began to take their toll, with Kameda dropping his foe with a combination to the body. Encarnacion recovered to his feet but was down again, again from body shots, later in round 3 as Kameda continued to break down the visitor, who was dropped a third time in round 4, this time staying down for the count.
After the bout Kameda stated that he was wanting to chase a world title fight with unified Super Bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (11-0, 8) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], but if that can't be organised he would move up full time to Featherweight to pursue a big bout at 126lbs.
Tomorrow fight fans in Kobe will get the chance to see a small yet notable card from Shinsei Gym. The card is really built around the main event, which will see former world champion Tomoki Kameda (38-3, 20) [亀田和毅] battle against the hard hitting Dominican fighter William Encarnacion (19-3, 15).
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, which is being fought at Featherweight.
On the scales neither man had any issues at all making weight.
Kameda, who is now campaigning at Featherweight after having previously made his name at Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight, came in bang on the divisional limit. He looked in great shape at the weight, and seemed like his body had developed into that of a fully fledged Featherweight. Sadly however we do wonder about his power at the weight, especially given he seemed to lack power at the top level at Bantweight, never mind Super Bantamweight. If he wins here he stated that he would like a big fight at Featherweight.
As for Encarnacion, he was well under the limit, coming in at 125.25lbs. He spoke respectfully of Kameda, explaining he was a good fighter, but was also incredibly confident and stated that he was going to knockout out Kameda with a single shot.
Earlier today it was announced that former WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (38-3, 20) [亀田和毅] would return to the ring on July 30th to compete against William Encarnacion (19-2, 15) in a 10 rounder at Featherweight.
The bout, which will headline Real Spirits Vol 80, will be promoted by Shinsei Gym and will take place at the Kobe Municipal Central Gymnasium.
The bout will be Kameda's first as a fully fledged Featherweight as he looks to become a 2-weight world champion, though it's fair to say he has a long way to go to earn another shot at a world title, following his 2019 loss ot Rey Vargas down at Super Bantamweight.
Tomoki Kameda signs with new gym
Earlier this month we reported that former WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (38-3, 20) [亀田和毅] had left the 3150 Fight Club, run by his brother Koki Kameda, and was a promotional free agent.
Kameda's time on the market was however a brief one, with Kameda holding a press conference today to announce he had signed a contract with the newly formed TRY BOX Heisei Nishiyama Gym, which is run by Kazushi Nishiyama, in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture.
At the press conference today, Kameda stated "I was happy to be sent out by the Kameda family. I remember my last boxing life, when I went to Mexico alone, and I will do it without regrets." Kameda also explained that the reason for his move was "I decided to go to this gym because I wanted to fight a strong player." Notably the name of Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19) [井上 尚弥] was floated as a possible future opponent.
Whilst the gym is a new one it is worth noting that Nishiyama has been around the sport for years, acting as a referee and a trainer over the years.
Earlier today it was announced that former WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (38-3, 20) [亀田和毅] had officially left the 3150 Fight Club, run by his brother Koki Kameda, with the contract between fighter and gym being cancelled. In fact the contract was officially terminated back in March.
Typically news like that would suggest some form of annimosity between fighter and promoter, however here it appears to have been something of a mutual agreement, with the realisation that 3150 haven't got the financial clout to get Tomoki the bouts he needs at this stage of his career.
Tomoki gave the following comment to the media:
"This time, we have decided to cancel the affiliation contract with the 3150 Fight Club. The reason is that I myself crossed the sea as a boxing training to Mexico from the age of 15 and have been doing my best to this day. I have been working as a boxer for a long time. Among them, I objectively looked at myself at the age of 31 this year, and my active life as a boxer is running out. I want to bet on the last chance of my active life and challenge how far I can go with my own power, so this report was made and the Kameda family was willing to send me. I will do my best every day to show my family and supporters the appearance of wrapping the champion belt again, and to realize the big match in the future. I hope that Koki Kameda will support me in the future. Thank you for your cooperation."
Koki himself also gave a statement to the media:
"This time, Kameda Tomoki has canceled the contract with this gym. In the boxing life where Kameda is running low, the competition called professional boxing is always side by side with danger, and there are various risks. I came up with the idea that polarization would benefit each other in terms of risk hedging when Jim was forced to suspend operations. In the future, both sides will grow and become a strong system. I hope to become a stronger monolith, and I believe that this decision is just the start of "Kameda revival" when Kameda returns to the championship in the new world.
Also, as an older brother, I was worried about sending my important younger brother out of the Kameda family, but I am proud that Kameda has grown to this point and has thought and acted for himself. It seems that Kameda will be sent to the second samurai training after he went to Mexico for training alone at the age of 15. Kameda Kazuki will leave his 3150 fight club, but the Kameda family, including himself, will continue to support Kameda with all his might. We look forward to your continued support for Tomoki Kameda and his 3150 Fight Club."
At the moment it's unclear who will be promoting Tomoki going forward, though it seems likely that the fighter will have a promotional deal agreed in the near term, as he looks to continue his career, and have one more run at a world title.
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