When 3 weight world champion Koki Kameda vacated his WBA Bantamweight title earlier this year it seemed almost certain that he was eying up the WBA Super Flyweight title, a belt that is currently vacant. When Koki was given the #4 ranking it seemed a sure fire thing that he was going to be fighting for it next time out and was set to become the first ever Japanese 4-weight world champion.
Things however haven't been going well for the Kameda family recently and things didn't get better this week as the WBA announced that it wouldn't be Koki fighting for the vacant title but instead it would be his compatriot Kohei Kono. Kono, a former WBA Super Flyweight champion, has been ordered to fight current interim champion Denkaosan Kaovichit.
What this effectively means is that Koki's options have been cut. He won't be wanting to take the IBF title from his brother, Daiki, he won't be challenging WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and WBO "super" champion Omar Andres Narvaez has the money to stay at home and defend. Sure the WBO "regular" title is vacant but the WBO aren't known for having multiple champions.
This leaves Koki in sticky situation. He can either wait for the Kono/Kaovichit bout to take place and then fight the winner, he can look to risk it in Thailand against the ferocious Srisaket, something we would be genuinely shocked by, or he could be happy with the WBA "interim" belt.
We think that Koki is most likely to fight the Kono/Kaovichit winner though it's fair to say that this further dents the idea behind the Kameda's being untouchable. After a great summer for the family it appears that this is a winter to forget and one that could still get worse if the JBC do strip the Kameda gym of their license, something that does look like a real possibility.
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