One of the more interesting Japanese stories of the last few weeks has involved former WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (32-2, 20) [亀田和毅] who signed with a new promotional team recently in the hope of returning to a Japanese ring for the first time in 3 years. It seems that that move has already been successful with Kameda having now been granted his Japanese boxing license, with the JBC issuing the license earlier today.
With Kameda seemingly out of favour with Al Haymon in the US, following back-to-back losses to Jamie McDonnell, the fighter was left on the sidelines for over a year before returnign recently in a mismatch against Edgar Alfredo Martinez (18-14-1, 10). The long time out of the ring didn't seem to really effect Tomoki, who likely had a chance to recharge his battiers, and he needed just a round to see off Martinez.
The aim now seems to be on getting Tomoki an opponent for December with Kyoei likely to try and get him in back in a Japanese ring at the very end of the year, which would see Kameda fight in Japan for the first time since his 2013 win over Immanuel Naidjala. Back then things were very different, with all 3 Kameda's being world class fighters and now we've only got Tomoki left following retirements by Koki and Daiki. Despite the change in the Kameda family's importance in boxing it's clear that Tomoki is determined to become a world champion again and with Kyoei backing him there is a fantastic chance that he will be fighting for world titles before the end of 2017.
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