Whilst the Kameda name is synonymous with a trio of brothers from Osaka there are, of course, other Kameda’s in the sport. They include the likes of Kyonosuke Kameda, the cousin of the fighting trio, and Himeki Kameda, the sister of the fighting trio. Another notable, but unrelated Kameda, was Akio Kameda who was a notable figure in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His name is one who which will be familiar to many fans from that era for his two world title fights, but more about them later.
Despite having two world title fights, fighting in Japan, China, Korea, USA and the UK we don't think fans will know too much about the heavy handed southpaw from Sano, in Toshigi, so here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Akio Kameda!
1-Kameda won gold at the 1975 Asian Championships in Yokohama, that same he also reached the final of the Pre-Olympic Tournament in Montreal
2-As an amateur Kamed went a very impressive 71-7 (47)
3-Kameda made his pro debut in the US on a card featuring former Korean world champion Soo Hwan Hong.
4-In 1985 Kameda beat Kei Tsukada in Beijing, to claim the IBF Japan welterweight title. That’s a belt that is so obscure that few fans will even be aware it was a real thing, and from what we could find only 4 men ever held IBF Japan titles. This also makes him the only fighter to have held a JBC and an IBF Japan title!
5-Although he was originally a Kyoei fighter he did fight out of the Battlehawk Kazama Gym, run by Battlehawk Kazama, in some of his later career bouts, including his aforementioned win over Kei Tsukada.
6-Kameda was dubbed the "One genius in 200 years."
7-Kameda's bout with Terry Marsh in 1987 was the final bout for both men. Kameda never fought again after losing, in what his second world title bout following a contest with Aaron Pryor. Kameda had a record of 27-4 (21) when he hung them up whilst Marsh would retire at the end of 1987 due to medical issues, retiring with a 26-0-1 (10) record
8- When Kameda dropped Aaron Pryor in 1982 it was, reportedly, the third time Pryor had been down in his career. It was also, according to the commentary, the first time Pryor had faced a southpaw. Pryor would later state that Kameda had the best jab of anyone he faced.
9-In an excellent article by Nick Skok, it's been reported that Kameda has taught Karate and treats cancer patients with a moxibustion, which is thought to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. The full article by Nick can be read here.
10-From what we could find Kameda has an acting credit as "Boxer" in the 1982 movie "The Fighter" featuring Toshirô Mifune and Calvin Jung
Thinking Out East
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