The 122lb Super Bantamweight division appears to be a division set to ignite and over the past few days there has been a number of stories emerging in regards to the top names in the division. One of those stories is that former IBF champion Kiko Martinez is set to leave the division, in an attempt to become a 2-weight world champion, whilst another major story is that the WBA have ordered the winner of the upcoming "Super Fight" between Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton to face Guillermo Rigondeaux, likely leaving the soon to be unified titles split with the IBF ordering the winner to face Shingo Wake.
The newest story however is about a fighter joining the ranks of the 122lb division after having made his name at Bantamweight.
That fighter is former WBO Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (31-2, 19) who announced today that he intends to move up in weight following a a long term struggle to make 118lbs.
Tomoki, the youngest of the 3 Kameda brothers and the only one not to announce his retirement in 2015, has recently began a short training camp and hopes to be in the ring later this year. When he returns he will be a fully fledged Super Bantamweight, finally shaking the shackles of the division that he has essentially fought at his entire professional career. He's quoted in the Japanese media as believing the move up will allow him to become more powerful and destructive than before, though of course his opponents will be stronger, more powerful and tougher themselves.
Whilst he is eyeing the move up in weight it does need to be noted that he is going to be starting the year following back-to-back defeats in 2015 to Jamie McDonnell and it likely to have to work his way back into title contention. Given that he is backed by the powerful Al Haymon however the rebuilding process could be very quick and we could see Tomoki in a really notable fight by the end of Spring.
Interestingly Tomoki will be joining other Asian contenders in the division, including the aforementioned Wake, unbeaten Filipino hopeful Albert Pagara, the talented Genesis Servania, former Japanese and OPBF champion Yukinori Oguni, China's Qiu Xiao Jun and current Japanese champion Yasutaka Ishimoto, giving the division a very interesting feel for Oriental fight fans.
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