Late last night saw the weigh in for today's bout between Tomoki Kameda (31-2, 19) [亀田和毅] and journeyman Edgar Alfredo Martinez (18-13-1, 10), who is a very late fill in for Cecilio Santos (31-30-6, 19).
At the weigh in Kameda weighed 123lbs for the bout, a career highest for the former WBO Bantamweight champion who is returning to the ring following more than a year of inactivity, following his second loss to Jamie McDonnell last year. The only active boxer from the Kameda family isn't just returning to the ring but is officially embarking on a move up in weight, and although he was above the Super Bantamweight limit the intent is for him him to continue at 122lbs going forward, potentially meaning bouts with the likes of Nonito Donaire or Hoazumi Hasegawa.
The 28 year old Matinez is without a win in his last 3 bouts, and is 1-6-1 in his last 8, and looks to be a very safe choice for Kameda's return. Not only is he out of form but he has often been an early stoppage victim with 7 career stoppage defeats, including 4 in the first 3 rounds. On the scales the MExican was 122lbsm it's not his lightest weight, nor his heavierst, but it does seem like he's fighting above his ideal weight and may well struggle to last long here against someone with the talent of Kameda.
For fans interested in watching this show it will be aired on beIN Sports Espanol and Azteca TV, with the Kameda bout expected to be aired on both telecasts.
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