Dan Rafael: Tomoki Kameda

A pair of quadrupleheaders in the works

September, 2, 2014
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Promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing is working on a pair of quadrupleheaders -- Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 -- that will air on Showtime.

Although the cards are not finalized, some of the fights are. Margules told ESPN.com that the Oct. 4 card at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, will be headlined by junior lightweight titlist Rances Barthelemy (20-0, 12 KOs), a Miami-based Cuban defector, in his first defense against Argentina’s Fernando Saucedo (52-5-3, 8 KOs). The fight was made three weeks ago.

Also on the card will be a junior middleweight bout between contenders Vanes Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs), whose lone loss was a decision to Demetrius Andrade for a vacant world title in November, and Willie Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KOs), who has won seven fights in a row.

A third bout will feature former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs), who scored a first-round knockout of journeyman George Blades on June 21 in Dawson’s first fight since losing the title by first-round knockout to Adonis Stevenson in June 2013. Dawson-Blades was contracted at 179 pounds, but an out-of-shape Dawson weighed in at 182 but promised to be better conditioned for his next bout.

The fourth fight on Oct. 4 has not yet been determined.

The Nov. 1 card, which will take place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, will be headlined by light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs), a popular Polish fighter who lives in Chicago and is one of adviser Al Haymon’s newest signees. Fonfara, whose opponent is not set, gave champion Adonis Stevenson a very tough fight on May 24 but lost a decision in a grueling fight in which Fonfara survived two knockdowns in the first half of the fight to mount a huge rally and drop Stevenson in the ninth.

Also on the Nov. 1 card, bantamweight titlist Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) of Japan will make his mandatory against Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico. Margules does not promote either boxer, but won an Aug. 8 purse bid for the right to promote the bout.

The two other fights will feature welterweight Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs) and middleweight Caleb Truax (24-1-2, 14 KOs) in separate bouts against opponents to be determined, according to Margules, who has both dates thanks to his close relationship with Haymon, with whom he has been working closely of late.

Barthelemy, Martirosyan, Dawson, Fonfara, Kameda, Garcia and Truax are all with Haymon, who has been on a signing binge this year and whose stable is now around 115 fighters, which is around the same number as promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy have combined.
A few notes from the boxing world:

• Mexico's Sergio Thompson (29-3, 26 KOs) squares off with Adones Aguelo (21-9-2, 13 KOs) of the Philippines in a junior lightweight title eliminator on Saturday night (Fox Deportes, 10 ET) in Thompson's hometown of Chetumal, Mexico. The winner moves a step close to a mandatory shot against titleholder Takashi Miura of Japan. Thompson challenged Miura for his belt last August in Cancun, Mexico and got knocked down twice in a unanimous decision loss (in which he also floored Mirua). Thompson has won two fights in a row since, including on March 8 in Las Vegas, where he outpointed Ricardo Alvarez (Canelo Alvarez's brother) on the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo undercard.

• After bantamweight titlist Tomoki Kameda of Japan knocked out Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand with a seventh-round body shot July 12 on the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara undercard in Las Vegas, he was ordered to make his mandatory defense against mandatory challenger and interim titleholder Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico. The camps, apparently close to a deal, received on Thursday what the WBO says is a one-time extension for the purse bid, which is now scheduled for Aug. 8. It was originally scheduled for Aug. 4. Minimum bid is $100,000. Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs), who plans to fight in North America, has made two defenses, and recently signed with adviser Al Haymon.

• Cruiserweight titlist Krzystof Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) of Poland is due to make his seventh title defense when he faces European champion Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) of Russia on Sept. 27 in Moscow. According to Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, Wlodarczyk's co-promoter, the final details are being ironed out. He said the card will also include another cruiserweight title bout on the undercard as Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) of Russia is due to defend against Pawel Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) of Poland, who pulled out of a July 26 eliminator against Ola Afolabi to take the title fight.

Kameda signs with Haymon

July, 17, 2014
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Bantamweight titlist Tomoki Kameda, who looked great in his one-punch body-shot knockout in the seventh round against Pungluang Sor Singyu on last week’s Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara undercard in Las Vegas, has been ordered to make his mandatory defense.

Japan’s Kameda, who also signed this week with powerful adviser Al Haymon -- meaning we are likely to see him fighting regularly in the United States -- must next face mandatory challenger and interim titleholder Alejandro Hernandez. The WBO made the order on Tuesday. The sides have 30 days to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered. Minimum bid is $100,000.

Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs), who turned 23 on the day of his fight last Saturday, has made two defenses. He is the latest addition to the growing Haymon stable that includes numerous top fighters, most notably Floyd Mayweather Jr., along with others such as Danny Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Adrian Broner, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Lucas Matthysse, Amir Khan and dozens of others.

Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs), 28, of Mexico, claimed the vacant interim belt via unanimous decision against Daniel Rosas on June 14. Hernandez scored a first-round knockdown and won on scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 114-113.
The contracts are filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission so here's the rundown of the purses for the "Honor & Glory" card on Saturday night (Showtime PPV, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:

• In the main event, fought at a catchweight of 155 pounds, Canelo Alvarez will receive a $1.5 million purse but likely will make more based on pay-per-view sales and Mexican television revenue. His promotional company, Canelo Promotions, is also likely getting a nice chunk of change. Erislandy Lara will make a career-high $1 million for his first pay-per-view main event.

• In the featherweight co-feature, former titlist Abner Mares will make $400,000 for his first fight in the 11 months since he lost his title by first-round knockout and opponent Jonathan Oquendo will receive $50,000.

• Former two-division titlist Juan Manuel Lopez will make $125,000 for his junior lightweight bout with Francisco Vargas, who is getting $75,000.

• Interim junior welterweight titlist Johan Perez is making $100,000 while challenger Mauricio Herrera will receive $125,000.

• In a bantamweight title bout on the card but being televised on Showtime before the pay-per-view begins, Tomoki Kameda is making $60,000 for his title defense against Pungluang Sor Singyu, who gets $40,000.
Before the start of the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy four-fight Showtime PPV card on July 12 (9 p.m. ET), Showtime announced that it will air bantamweight titleholder Tomoki Kameda’s defense against former titleholder Pungluang Sor Singyo from the undercard during its “Canelo-Lara: Countdown Live” (7:30 p.m. ET).

Japan’s Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs), who turns 23 on the day of the fight, will be making his second title defense, a mandatory against Sor Singyo (46-2, 31 KOs), 26, of Thailand. They will both be fighting in the United States for the first time.

Sor Singyo will be fighting for his old belt. He stopped A.J. Banal in the ninth round to win the 118-pound title in October 2012 in the Philippines and lost it in his first defense by unanimous decision to Paulus Ambunda in March 2013 in Namibia. Ambunda lost the belt in his first defense to Kameda by unanimous decision in August 2013 in the Philippines.

Kameda is one of the fighting Kameda brothers who have all won world titles, including Koki (bantamweight) and Daiki (junior bantamweight). At one point, they all held world titles simultaneously, the first time in boxing history three brothers had done that.

Officials set for Canelo-Lara card

June, 17, 2014
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At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission appointed the officials who will work the “Honor & Glory” card headlined by the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara fight on July 12 (Showtime PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Robert Byrd will referee the junior middleweight main event. The judges will be Dave Moretti, Jerry Roth and Levi Martinez.

For the Abner Mares-Jonathan Oquendo featherweight co-feature, Kenny Bayless will be the referee and Adalaide Byrd, Burt Clements and Glenn Feldman will serve as judges.

Vic Drakulich will referee the Juan Manuel Lopez-Francisco Vargas junior lightweight bout, with the judging panel consisting of Tim Cheatham, Robert Hoyle and Don Trella.

Referee Tony Weeks will work interim junior welterweight titlist Johan Perez’s defense against Mauricio Herrera. The judges will be Lisa Giampa, Max DeLuca and Glenn Trowbridge.

In another bout, which is not part of the pay-per-view broadcast, Tomoki Kameda defends his bantamweight world title against Pungluang Sor Singyu. Russell Mora was appointed referee, and Dick Houck, Patricia Morse-Jarman and Cathy Leonard will judge.

Kameda brothers make history

September, 3, 2013
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Kameda BrothersGetty ImagesDaiki Kameda, center, and his brothers Koki, left, and Tomoki had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday.

The fighting Kameda brothers made a bit of history on Tuesday when Daiki Kameda outpointed Rodrigo Guerrero in Kagawa, Japan to win a vacant junior bantamweight title.

The 24-year-old Kameda (29-3, 18 KOs), a former flyweight titlist, joined his bantamweight titleholder brothers Koki and Tomoki Kameda as reigning titleholders at the same time.

Take that Klitschko brothers!

It is the first time in boxing history that three brothers have simultaneously held world titles.

Daiki Kameda scored a unanimous decision against Mexico’s Guerrero (19-5, 12 KOs), winning 117-109, 116-110 and 114-112. Kameda’s margin would have been wider but he was docked points for low blows in the fifth and 11th rounds.

The belt that Daiki won became vacant in June when Juan Carlos Sanchez failed to make weight and was stripped before a defense against Roberto Sosa, allowing Daiki and former titleholder Guerrero to vie for the title.

Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18 KOs), the youngest of the brothers at 22, won a bantamweight title on Aug. 1 in the Philippines when he outpointed previously undefeated Paulus Ambunda of Namibia.

The 26-year-old Koki Kameda (31-1, 17 KOs) has won belts in three divisions. He won a junior flyweight title in 2006 in just his 12th professional fight. After moving up in weight, he won a flyweight title in 2009. In 2010, he moved up in weight again and claimed the bantamweight belt he still holds today, having made his seventh defense on July 13 by outpointing John Mark Apolinario of the Philippines.

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