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Ex-world champ Tomoki Kameda to have rematch with Dlamini on March 31 in Nagoya

Jan 26, 2024 10:02 am

  Former two-division world champion Tomoki Kameda of TMK GYM will have a rematch with the International Boxing Federation’s second-ranked featherweight Lerato Dlamini of South Africa on March 31 in Nagoya, Tomoki and his elder brother Koki Kameda, head of Kameda Promotion Co., said at a press conference in Tokyo on Jan.

Koki (L) and Tomoki Kameda holding paper on which ‘I will retire if I lose’ is written

  The scheduled 12-rounder will be held at Nagoya International Exhibition Hall’s event hall, according to Kameda.

  Tomoki, currently ranked sixth in the division by the IBF, dropped a 12-round split decision to Dlamini last Oct. 7 in Tokyo in a fight to decide the division’s second-ranked boxer.

  Tomoki, the youngest of the so-called three Kameda brothers, said, ‘’I will hang up my gloves if I lose in the coming fight. I know I will not be able to take a crack at a world title if I lose to that kind of boxer again.’’

  Koki said they had held a family conference after Tomoki’s loss to Dlamini, including his second-eldest brother Daiki, head of KWORLD3 Boxing Gym in Osaka, and their father Shiro Kameda, and discussed Tomoki’s future. Daiki particularly urged Tomoki to retire from boxing so that he can start the second phase of his life in light of Tomoki’s current fighting style.

  Koki said, ‘’What is necessary for Tomoki is to strengthen his mental toughness, and our father is the only person to do that.’’ Tomoki, who has been training under the guidance of Shiro since last Oct. 20, said, ‘’I will come out strongly from the first round with the spirit of knocking him out or being knocked out.’’

  In this connection, Dlamini took part in the conference remotely from Soth Africa and said, ‘’I wanted to make a more active fight. Our previous fight ended in a split decision, and I wanted to show a better performance next. Since I am ranked second now, I cannot very well lose to him.’’ He added he has been engaged himself in a training camp since last Dec. 3.

  The 32-year-old Kameda, who was the World Boxing Organization’s former bantamweight champion and the World Boxing Council’s former interim super bantamweight champion, has a record of 40 wins, including 22 KOs, against four losses. For his part, the 29-year-old Dlamini has a 20-2 win-loss tally with 11 KOs.

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