When we talk about boxing families there are few as controversial as the Kameda family. Now a days the family is a lot less significant in the world of boxing than it used to be, but in the 2000's and 2010's the family was one of the most notable and significant in the sport. That was due to the success of Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda, the three brothers who all went on to win world titles.
Of the trio it is often Daiki Kameda (29-5, 18) who gets the most over-looked and with that in mind we thought we'd take a chance to shine a light on the career of the former 2-weight world champion. To do that we've had a look through his career, and here are we bring you the 5 most significant wins for... Daiki Kameda.
1-Denkaosan Kaovichit II (February 7th 2010)
Unlike his brother's Daiki Kameda didn't manage to win his first world title bout, losing famously to Daisuke Naito. In fact he also lost in his second world title fight, losing a close decision to Denkaosan Kaovichit in 2009. Just 4 months after that loss Kameda clashed with Kaovichit for a second time, and this time he went on to win a decision, claiming the WBA Flyweight title in the process. This was the win that finally showed Kameda could win the big one and the the prodigy could put it together when he needed to. At this point he was still only 21, but had he lost he'd have been 15-3 and it would have been hard to imagine him getting another shot any time soon. Despite the win this was not a memorable bout, and Joe Koizumi was very critical of the contest. It wasn't a total stinker, but the highlights were few and far between. This win also saw the Kameda brothers, Daiki and Koki, become the first Japanese brothers to win world titles.
2-Takefumi Sakata (September 25th 2010)
Around 7 months after winning the WBA Flyweight title Kameda made his first defense, and took on former champion Takefumi Sakata. The bout saw Kameda successfully defending the title with a clear 12 round and send the 30 year old Sakata into retirement. Although the most amazing bout ever it was a very significant one for a lot of reasons when looking back on Kameda's career. Obviously as a first defense it's a meaningful win, helping solidify his reign, and the fact it came against a former champion also adds to the meaning of the win. Amazingly it was also the first time Kameda had beaten a Japanese opponent, in what was his then 20th professional bout. In fact it would be his only career win against a Japanese opponent, and only his second bout against a Japanese foe, with the other being his loss to Naito in 2007.
3-Silvio Olteanu (December 26th 2010)
Just 3 months after beating Sakata in his first title defense Kameda returned for his second defense, taking on Romanian challenger Silvio Olteanu, who would become a genuine stalwart of the European during his long career. Olteanu was the European champion and wasn't expected to give Kameda trouble in Japan. However that's exactly what he did, pushing Kameda to a split decision in what would be Kameda's second and final defense of the title. After this bout Kameda left the Flyweight division, vacating the title just days after this win, with his body out growing the division.
Notably this win came on a great show for the Kameda's with Tomoki picking up a low key win and Koki Kameda's winning the WBA "regular" Bantamweight title win, adding to the significance of the victory for Daiki.
4-Raul Hidalgo (September 24th 2011)
After leaving the Flyweight division at the start of 2011 Kameda began to make waves at Super Flyweight, with his eyes on becoming a 2-weight world champion. Unlike many top Japanese fighters who move up in weight he wasn't able to secure an immediate world title fight, and instead had to go some way towards earning a shot. To do that he went and won the WBA International title, doing so with a blow out win against Raul Hidalgo in Mexico. This wasn't just a win that opened up a world title opportunity, with the bout serving as an eliminator, for Kameda but was also his first, and only, win on international soil.
Unlike his younger brother, Tomoki, who made a name for himself in Mexico, Daiki really was pretty much based completely in Japan with just 2 fights on foreign soil, this one, and his final bout in 2015, a loss to Victor Ruiz in the US.
5-Rodrigo Guerrero (September 3rd 2013)
After coming up short in his first attempt to become a 2-weight champion, losing to the then WBA Super Flyweight champion Tepparith Kokietgym in December 2011, it took Kameda almost 2 years to get a second Super Flyweight title fight. That came against Mexican warrior Rodrigo Guerrero in September 2013, in what turned out to be a really, really good fight. Kameda was pushed all the way by Guerrero, but did enough to take the unanimous decision and the IBF Flyweight title. By it's self that wouldn't mean much, but it was a win that helped change the face of Japanese boxing, with Kameda becoming the first Japanese fighter to win an IBF title since the JBC began to recognise the IBF. The previous two Japanese fighters to win IBF titles, Satoshi Shingaki and Katsunari Takayama, didn't have their reigns recognised whilst Kameda did.
Not only was this win one that granted Kameda 2-weight champion status, and saw him the first Japanese fighter to win an IBF title since the JBC changed their rules, but it would also be his final career victory.
Notably the IBF title also lead to Kameda fighting in a unification bout with Liborio Solis some 3 months later. This bout saw Solis miss weight, and caused a lot of issues for the JBC, the Kameda gym, the IBF, the WBA and the JPBA. Due to Solis missing weight Kameda was unable to lose his title, however that wasn't what fans were lead to believe, leading to a lot of confusion and anger. Had Kameda not beaten Guerrero that mess would have been avoided.
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