On March 26th the WBO issued an open letter stating that purse bids for Tomoki Kameda's (29-0, 18) WBO Bantamweight title defence against Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31) would be ordered for April 1st.
Originally this left us questions as to why. We thought, for all intents and purposes, purse bids for this particular fight had been cancelled with the Kameda's and Onesongchaigym agreeing, in principle to the bout, with out the need for the purse bids.
The agreement between the two parties had been for the fight to take place either in Japan or in the US. However with Tomoki Kameda currently unlicensed in Japan his team seemed to try and suggest that the bout would then be either the USA or Mexico.
Onesongchai rightfully complained at the switch from Japan to Mexico, where Tomoki has a sizeable fan already, was not part of their original agreement and the WBO sided with the Thai team.
Although the purse bids were due yesterday we're not yet aware as to who actually won. What we do know is that Onesongchai did originally say they were going to pull out all the stops to win the hosting rights of the fight. After the recent Kameda stunt we imagine that Onesongchai won't be willing to be played about and will break open the bank to make sure that they get the fight on Thai soil.
Interesting the Thai's have got a stronger hand now than they had when the original agreement was reached. Originally the Kameda team still had a promotional license in Japan and thought that a US promoter would also offer money. The fact they can't promote in Japan destroys any hope of the fight being their and the fact no American deal could be struck seems to indicate that fight isn't as big in the west as the Kameda's may have hoped.
Whilst the purse bid option seems to make sense at the moment we actually wouldn't be shocked at Tomoki vacating the belt if Onesongchai win. It seems likely that the fight will be in Mexico or not at all and with Tomoki already talking about having weight problems he may take the decision to vacate rather than go to Thailand.
(Letter above courtesy of the WBO)
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