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When both of your older brothers have claimed world titles it's fair to say that pressure is on your back not to let the family down when you get your first chance.
For the 22 year old Tomoki Kameda (27-0, 18) that's the position he finds himself in at the start of August.
The unbeaten Tomoki, the younger brother of both Koki and Daiki, has seen both of his brothers claim world titles already. He'll be looking to join them when he faces unbeaten Namibian Paulus Ambunda (20-0, 10) for the WBO Bantamweight title.
Ambunda is best known for his stunning victory earlier this year over Thai Pungluang Sor Singyu, who was defending the WBO belt for the first time when Ambunda upset him in a very hard fought decision. Though other than the victory over Sor Singyu not too much really stands out about the champion's record.
Japanese native Tomoki really made his name in Mexico. Whilst his two older brothers were fighting at home in Japan and picking up various world titles between them Tomoki was quietly claiming regional titles like the WBC FECARBOX Bantamweight title and the WBC Youth World Bantamweight title whilst honing his skills.
Although fighting a long way from home Tomoki was welcomed in Mexico by fans who dubbed him "El Mexicanito" ("The little Mexican") and warmed quickly to his aggressive style. It was in Mexico that he scored arguably his best victory, a thin decision over Stephane Jamoye (the current Europe Bantamweight champion).
In recent fights Tomoki has returned to his homeland and actually won his last 2 bouts in Japan including a stoppage of Nouldy Manakane, a man who challenged Koki for the WBA Bantamweight title just last year.
Ambunda, the champion, is 32 years old and has yet to fight outside of his homeland. This fight, scheduled for Cebu City in the Philippines, may be on neutral ground but will be his first away from home, an issue that may effect him.
From what we've managed to see of Ambunda he seems to be a teak tough bundle of energy. He's able to sit in the trenches and go to war with fighters if they want a battle or he's able to cut the ring off and impose himself if heeds to. Whilst it's fair to say he's not a concussive puncher, his last 4 bouts have all gone the 12 round distance, he does hit hard enough to make a tough fighter thing twice and he appeared to shake up Sor Singyu several times in their bout.
One thing that is incredibly notable about Ambunda is his size. He stands at around 5'0" (possibly 5'1" with shoes on). This makes him a tiny fighter, especially in the Bantamweight division. Sure he's shown the ability to slip shots and get inside taller fighters but the likes of Bongani Mahlangu and William Prado are not on par with Tomoki.
Although Tomoki will have around 7" in height and significant reach advantage we're not too sure whether he'll really use that to his advantage. He has shown the ability to fight with a jab and box at range though he has often looked more comfortable mixing it on the inside. If he gets dragged in to an inside battle here he may come undone against the energetic champion.
We're certain that if Tomoki, seen as the most talented of the 3 Kameda's, can fight on the outside here and maintain a control of the distance he should manage to claim a decision. If he can't create that much needed space then we could well see Amdunda, known as the rock, out toughing Tomoki in what could well be a fight of the year contender.
Note-A victory for Tomoki would see him becoming Japan's first ever WBO world champion
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