Former 3-weight world champion Koki Kameda (32-1, 17) may have had a year to forget as he's suffered repeated losses to the JBC at home in Japan but the year will end on a high as it's been announced he will make his ring return on November 1st.
It's been announced that Koki, the most decorated of the 3 Kameda brothers, has been added to the UIC Pavilion card in the Chicago, a card that will also feature Tomoki Kameda defending his WBO Bantamweight world title. Whilst his brother will be one of the headline bouts Koki will be featured on the under-card, possibly in the bout featured on "Showtime Extreme", and will be battling another former world champion Roberto Vasquez (32-6-2, 22), a man he almost fought last year.
Koki really has had a nightmare 2014. He went into the year expecting a chance to fight WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono, Unfortunately however the gym he was part of in Japan, Kameda Gym, were stripped of their license and he's been embroiled in a real back and forth with the JBC even since. Ultimately the JBC won and forced the WBA to cancel a mandatory fright between Kono and Kameda with the JBC eventually threatening to pull recognition of the WBA, a very serious threat given that Japanese fighters make up a number of champions and contenders in the lower weight divisions.
Although it's been a poor year Koki has ended it not just be getting himself a slot on on the November card in Chicago but also by aligning himself with American "advisor" Al Haymon, a move that could be pivotal in in getting Kameda what he wants, which may include a fight with Kono in the US.
It's an interesting move from Haymon, considering that Koki fights in a weight that isn't appealing to US fans, but from Koki's point of view it's a no lose deal. This may take away some of his freedom but it gets him a serious backer and it gets him an entry way to fighting on US TV, both of which will help him put his battles with the JBC well and truly behind him.
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