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Kameda-Dlamini fight called off, ‘Prize Fighter’ middleweight tourney put off

Mar 16, 2024 8:38 am

  The International Boxing Federation’s fifth-ranked featherweight Tomoki Kameda of TMK GYM’s planned rematch with second-ranked Lerato Dlamini of South Africa as part of 3150FIGHT vol.8’’ on March 31 at Nagoya International Exhibition Hall was called off, his elder brother Koki Kameda, head of Kameda Promotion Co., said at a press conference in Tokyo on March 15.

Kameda announcing changes in contents of March 31 ‘3150FIGHT vol.8’

  According to Kameda, while he said he had gotten the IBF’s informal consent, the IBF approved Dlamini’s elimination bout with third-ranked Arnold Khegai of Ukraine with the winner challenging the IBF featherweight champion Luis Alberto Lopez of Mexico for the latter’s title. Lopez successfully defended the title earlier this month in New York by stopping top-ranked Reiya Abe of KG Yamato Boxing Gym.

  Kameda said while he had protested against the IBF’s decision, the final decision was left to Dlamini, who opted for Khegai.

  ‘’I feel sorry for Tomoki Kameda, (who is his younger brother). I will try not to occur this kind of thing again in the future as I am determined to become more competitive (in negotiation),’’ according to Koki Kameda.

  The 32-year-old Tomoki Kameda, who dropped a 12-round split decision to Dlamini last October in Tokyo in a fight to decide the division’s second-ranked boxer, will have a fight instead with World Boxing Council’s youth silver super bantamweight champion Kevin Villanueva of Mexico in the 3150FIGHT.

  Kameda also said the ‘’Prize Fighter’’ middleweight boxing tournament, which was originally intended to be cohosted by Matchroom Boxing Inc. of Britain as an undercard event of the Tomoki Kameda’s fight, was postponed, although Kameda refrained from going into detail.

  In this connection, whether or not the planned Japanese middleweight title fight between champion Riku Kunimoto of Muto Boxing Gym and top-ranked Eiki Kani of T&T Boxing gym as part of the tournament is currently under discussion.

  The Prize Fighter was originally envisaged as the 1 million-dollar eight-man middleweight winner-takes-all fight series involving Asian and European boxers.

  Besides the Kameda-Villanueva fight, WBC minimumweight champion Yudai Shigeoka and his younger brother and IBF minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka of Watanabe Boxing Gym will defend their titles, respectively as originally planned, although the order of the day’s matches will be reshuffled.

  Japanese heavyweight champion Mitsuro Brandon Tajima of KWORLD3 Boxing Gym will also have a fight in the 3150FIGHT.

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