Earlier today former 3-weight champion Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] took part in a special one-off event, where he faced 4 non-boxers one after the other in a special exhibition. The event saw the 4 opponents fighting for a potential ¥10,000,000 whist Kameda was fighting for pride.
The event, streamed over the Abema tv website, turned out to be a huge ratings success, with sources reporting that 13,000,000 tuned in at one point. A figure so large it forced the servers of Abema TV to crash for a notable amount of time.
The appeal of the event was huge, with the Japanese papers all reporting on it, but sadly for the participants it resulted in none of them walking away with the money. Instead it saw Kameda defeat all 4 men, barely losing a round and stopping 3 of the foes along the way.
Although there was no prize for Kameda it was clear that there is still huge interest in the former champion and the fact that he forced the Abema TV servers to drop out shows just how much of an interest there is in him, despite his retirement from active fights.
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