On Thursday Japanese fighter Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-1-2, 11) [溜田 剛士] took to his social media accounts to reveal his next match up, and we have to admit that it's a big one for the once beaten Japanese Featherweight hopeful.
The Yonekura gym fighter revealed that he would be back in action on April 22nd and would be on his travels, as he goes to South Africa where he will be facing former WBA Featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (28-3, 17).
The Japanese 22 year old will be relatively unknown unless you follow the Asian scene in detail. If you do follow the scene then you'll know what to expect from the exciting and aggressive youngster, who made his debut as a 17 year old in 2011.
Tameda is an aggressively minded fighter who enjoys applying pressure, bringing the action and letting combinations go. He's not technically the most rounded but is a fighter who is strong, tough and powerful. That power has seen him score notable wins over international opponents, including Indonesian Hero Tito and the then unbeaten Mark Bernaldez, of the Philippines. He has got a loss on his record, but that loss came back in 2011 and Tameda has improved markedly since then.
Whilst international fight fans might not know much about Tameda they should know something about Vetyeka who has mixed with some very good fighters during his career. His first bout of note was back in 2007, when he challenged the then WBC Bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa, incidentally in a bout in Japan. In 2013 he broke the hearts of Indonesian fans with back-to-back stoppage wins over Duad Yordan and Chris John, retiring John who was previously 48-0-3. The victory over John saw Vetyeka become the WBA champion though his reign was short lived as he lost a controversial bout to Nonito Donaire, a bout that saw Luis Pabon seemingly decide the bout on cut that hadn't significantly worsened between it happening and the bout being stopped at the start of round 5.
As a fighter Vetyeka is the opposite of Tameda. He's an outside fighter with speed, range and movement. He can however be bullied, as Donaire showed, and at 35 his speed and stamina will be starting to decline from ageing.
The bout is sadly unlikely to receieve much TV attention though it really is a mouth watering one and we're hoping that some footage will be released following the bout.
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