It's fair to say the last couple of years haven't been the best for the Kameda family, with all three brothers suffering notable losses and two of them retiring leaving just Tomoki Kameda (31-2, 19) [亀田 和毅] as an active fighter. Well we say active, however has now been inactive for over a year, with his second loss to Jamie McDonnell coming on September 6th 2015.
That inactivity may be set to change before the end of 2016 with Kameda handing in an application to transfer gyms in Japan, essentially marking a return to boxing back in Japan after a foray in the US that saw him receive huge praise against Pungluang Sor Singyu but fail to really shine against Alejandro Hernandez or McDonnell, losing twice to Englishman.
At the moment it's unclear where Kameda will be signing but it seems likely to be an Osakan gym and probably a high profile one given that Kameda himself is still popular and will want some notable fights going forward. This could mean linking up with Kyoei, Ioka, Green Tsuda, Mutoh or, perhaps more interestingly, Nakazato gym, all of which have their pros and cons and could appeal to Tomoki in different ways.
Whilst it seems like nothing is set in stone the JBC do appear likely to welcome having Tomoki back in the ring and he would certainly be a welcome addition to the scene in the eyes of fans, with the fans not turning on him like they did with Daiki and Koki. He would however have to battle back hard given the inactivity and back-to-back losses to McDonnell and also decide whether Bantamweight is still the best weight for him, with reports earlier this year suggesting a move to Super Bantamweight were likely.
It seems like his return home could also be a sign that things with Al Haymon have failed to work out following the losses to McDonnell and it may open the eyes of those thinking about signing with the American in the future.
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