By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi –

There happened a great controversy after WBO bantamweight champ Marlon Tapales finally failed to make the weight to lose his belt on the scale on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. His challenger Shohei Omori had made the weight, scaling at 117.5 pounds. His manager/promoter Shoji Omori (no relation to his boxer), at the rules meeting, strongly insisted that the fight-day weight of the overweight Tapales should be regulated because there would be a possibility that the Filipino boxer might balloon to excessively higher weight.

The WBO supervisor Rolando Marcos Hermoso, from Panama, wisely turned down his proposal, saying “There is no rule of the second weigh-in in the WBO. Now that we have no rule on such a regulation of the overweight boxer’s weight on the fight day, we cannot permit or accept it officially.” The local promoter handling the challenger still maintained his insistence that the weight regulation of Tapales should be made even privately between both parties.” It’s because it has been common here in Japan due to the domestic customs that an overweight boxer is forced to accept the upper limit of the fight-day weight based on both parties’ agreement.


The matchmaker in charge persuaded the promoter Shoji Omori, who insisted on Taplaes’ weight not over 126 pounds, to withdraw such a proposal, saying, “We deeply sympathize with your feeling, but should we force Tapales to be under a certain amount of weight, even if Omori should be victorious, the WBO might not recognize your boxer as world champion since it won’t be a fair game.” Should Tapales be 126, while Omori 130 or 135 on the fight day, that’s not fair and square.

Tapales’ manager/promoter Rex Wakee Salud apologized for his boxer having caused such an inconvenience, and accepted a 10% discount of the purse payment due to the fight contract. It might be logical that the overweight ex-champ need not pay a double penalty—a deducted purse as well as the regulation of his fight-day weight. Finally Omori and Wakee shook hands, and the fight will take place as stipulated: should Tapales win, the WBO belt will become vacant, while should Omori be victorious, he’ll be the new WBO bantamweight titlist.


The press conference was held at noon, but the champ Tapales didn’t appear since he then concentrated on reducing the weight. In boxing history in Japan, it was the very first time that the defending champion didn’t show his face at the official press conference by any reason. Tapales fully used two more hours from the first weigh-in at 1 PM, and finally scaled in at 120 pounds at best at 3 PM. The aforementioned meeting between people concerned eventually ended after 4 PM. This very long weigh-in incident might be a reference if such an overweight case should happen again.




Undefeated WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda will make the third defense of his title against interim titlist and mandatory challenger Alejandro Hernandez on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the co-feature of a Showtime Boxing: Special Edition.
In the main event of the tripleheader, popular light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Fonfara will return to his adopted hometown against experienced veteran Doudou Ngumbu in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown from UIC Pavilion at University of Illinois in Chicago.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated super featherweight contender and former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion Javier Fortuna will take on twice-beaten Puerto Rican Abner Cotto in a 10-round super featherweight bout. The event, titled “The Homecoming,” is promoted by Warriors Boxing.

Chicago’s Fonfara, 26, a native of Warsaw, Poland, had won 13 in a row before a hard-fought loss to WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson this past May in a thrilling battle on SHOWTIME. A heavy underdog, Fonfara floored the champion in his hometown of Montreal in the ninth round in a showdown that was closer than most experts anticipated.

Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) is now 15-1 with one no-contest since July 2008. The WBC No. 6 contender at 175 pounds, Fonfara has defeated three former world title holders -Byron Mitchell (TKO 3), Glen Johnson (a clear 10-round decision in perhaps a career-best victory) and Gabriel Campillo (TKO 9) -in his last six starts.

Fonfara, who campaigned for much of his career at 168 pounds and below, has only lost once at light heavyweight, and that loss was to Stevenson, widely considered as the top fighter in the world at 175 pounds. The 6-foot-2 Fonfara, who turns 27 three days after the showdown with Ngumbu, will return to Chicago for his eighth fight in his last nine starts.

A boxer with superb stamina and surprising power, Fonfara’s iron chin allows him to outlast his opponents and come on in the later rounds of his fights.

The 32-year old Ngumbu, of Toulouse, France by way of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will make his U.S. and North American debut. Originally a soccer player, Ngumbu found boxing at age 18 and turned professional at 25. The former African champion (33-5, 12 KOs) is vastly experienced, having fought 247 rounds to Fonfara’s 129.

The 5-foot-11 Ngumbu is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Johnny Muller in June in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and has gone the 12-round distance six times since 2009.

Ngumbu holds a 2013 win over former world title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov, who lost in 2010 to then-WBA Light Heavyweight Champ Beibut Shumenov. Ngumbu also has a 12-round unanimous decision win over Aleksy Kuziemski, who challenged Nathan Cleverly for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in 2011.

Ngumbu’s long arms and fast hands allow him to come forward with an unorthodox but aggressive attack from unpredictable angles. His tendency to keep his hands at his sides makes all of his fights exciting affairs.

Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, is coming off a brutal 7th round knockout victory of former WBO Bantamweight Champ Pungluang Singyu in his U.S. debut on July 12.

The victory over Singyu was the biggest win of the 23-year-old’s career. Singyu had formerly held the same championship belt until losing it to Paulus Ambunda in March 2013. Ambunda lost his belt to Kameda in his first and only defense of the title last August via unanimous decision.

Kameda and his two brothers, Koki and Daiki are among the most famous fighters in the history of Japanese boxing, and all three recently held world titles at the same time. While Tomoki held the WBO Bantamweight Championship, Koki was the WBA Bantamweight Champion until he voluntarily relinquished the title in December in order to move down to flyweight, and Daiki was the IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion until he lost by decision last December.

Kameda moved to Mexico when he was 15 years old to learn an aggressive fighting style and quickly earned the Spanish nickname “El Mexicanito” (The Little Mexican). A true boxer-puncher with extremely fast hands, Kameda continues to train in Mexico, but has since moved back to Japan where his family enjoys celebrity status.

Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, won the vacant Interim WBO Bantamweight World Championship with a unanimous decision over countryman Daniel Rosas on June 14.

The 28-year-old Hernandez has won three fights in a row at bantamweight and is a former world title challenger at 115 and 112 pounds. Hernandez fought to a draw for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight Championship to then-undefeated Marvin Sonsona in 2009 and lost a unanimous decision to then-WBO Flyweight Champion and current WBO Super Flyweight kingpin Omar Andres Narvaez in 2008.

A fearless “do or die” slugger from the classic Mexican warrior mold, Hernandez comes forward relentlessly behind powerful combinations to the head and body.

Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs), of Dominican Republic, is a former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion – he won the vacant belt against previously undefeated Patrick Hyland in 2012. The southpaw was set to defend his crown in April of 2013 against Miguel Zamudio but lost the title on the scales after failing to make weight. He knocked Zamudio down twice en route to a devastating first round knockout and then gradually settled into the 130-pound division.

Fortuna, 25, is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Juan Antonio Rodriguez on May 31 in Las Vegas and is just one fight removed from a knockout of former world title challenger Francisco Lorenzo.

Fortuna, who is known for his explosive speed and highlight reel knockouts, only has one blemish on his record – a controversial draw against Luis Franco in August of 2013.

Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs), a relative of future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto, was a top amateur in Puerto Rico – he won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and compiled a record of 235-20 before turning pro.

The 27-year-old Cotto is coming off a split-decision victory of Jerry Belmontes in August and his only two losses have come against top competition. He lost to undefeated WBC 135-pound champ Omar Figueroa in a non-title bout in 2013 and to top 130-pound contender Francisco Vargas this past March.

Additional bouts and the undercard will be announced shortly.



By Miguel Rivera –

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18KOs) is training very hard for the upcoming defense of his title against Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31KOs) on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.


Kameda and Sor Singyu have a common opponent in Paulus Ambunda. The unbeaten Japanase boxer won his title from Ambunda, who holds a decision over Sor Singyu.


Kameda is currently training in Mexico with Cuban trainer Osmiri “El Moro” Fernández.







En un duelo co-estelar de la súper velada Kameda-Solís, en una promoción de Kameda Promtions, este martes por la noche, en el Coliseo Bodymaker de la ciudad de Osaka, Japón, el campeón mundial gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el japonés Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda, retuvo su faja con éxito, al vencer, por amplia decisión unánime en doce vueltas, al ahora ex invicto retador de Namibia, Immanuel Naidjala.

La reyerta mundialista comenzó con el clásico primer asalto de estudio, en donde ninguno regalo una pulgada de territorio y se tantearon con el jab, desde la media distancia.

Naidjala salió agresivo en el segundo, soltando toda clase de golpes de poder al cuerpo y la cabeza. Kameda aprovecho los especios expuesto en las embestidas del namibio, para conectar sus propios golpdes de poder, con escalofriante precisión.

En el tercero, Kameda fue castigando el cuerpo del Namibio, con paciencia, entrando adentro con malas intenciones. Naidjala retrocedio y abanicaba sus golpes.

El retador intento entrar en la pelea en el cuarto, pero he vencido en casi todos los intercambios con dolorosos golpes del campeón japonés, quien asestaba con espeluznante velocidad y precisión, especialmente el gancho de izquierdo al hígado.

Kameda continuo presionando en el quinto, pero esta vez, el retador logro finalmente colocar sus manos y tuvo sus momentos. El japonés reagrupo temporalmente y se fue al asecho, volviendo a marcar al cuerpo.

La peleo se nivelo en el sexto y séptimo, en donde ambos peleadores conectaron, pero el campeón continuaba aventajando por su efectiva presión y contragolpe, mientras que el namibio retrocedía. Kameda simplemente marcaba con claridad y Naidjala tenía problemas con su puntería.

En el octavo y noveno, más de lo mismo, el campeón Kameda continuo en control de las acciones, ante un Naidjala que ya no ofrecía una ofensiva seria y su defensa se deterioraba, al dejar entrar toda clase de golpes del campin japonés.

Naidjala soltó mejor sus manos en el décimo, llegando a marcar al japonés en el centro del ring. Kameda continúo presionando y obligando al retador a seguir peleando en retroceso.

Presintiendo que se le escapa la pelea, Naidjala fue más agresivo en los dos asaltos de campeonato, buscando un golpe de gracia. Kameda to toreo y siguió cocinando el cuerpo, con ganchos de izquierdas, que entraban como puñales a la zona hepática. Hacia al final del doceavo, el campeón cerro fuerte con un dominio total del ring.

Al final, los tres jueces vieron ganar ampliamente a Tomoki Kameda con puntos de 119-109, 118-110 y 117-111.

Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda avanzo su invicto a 29-0 y 18 KOs. Immanuel Naidjala pierde por primera vez en su carrera y quedo con record de 17-1-1 y 11 KOs.



Born on July 12, 1991 in Osaka, Japan.  He is an undefeated Japanese Mexican boxer and the youngest brother of the two world champions, Koki and Daiki.

Tomoki Kameda, created history for his clan and Japan when he beat, WBO Bantamweight Champion Paulus Ambunda in his first defense. His clan were registered officially in The Guinness Books of Records because they are the first trio of brothers world-wide champions in the history of boxing.

Kameda in his amateur career he was training for the Beijing Olympics with a record of 35-1-1 in Japan, but he was to young to participate in the Olympics, instead of waiting he choose to turn pro.  He was champion of seven regional and minor titles.


Date:  Thursday, August 1, 2013

WBO Bantamweight Championship

Location:  Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines

Promoter:   Kameda Promotions

Supervisor:    Luis Perez

Referee:    Raul Caiz, Sr.

Judges:   Tom Miller (117-111), Waleska Roldan (116-112), Carlos Colon (118-110) 

Result:    Tomoki Kameda won the title, bested Paulus Ambunda by unanimous decision.  Kameda becomes the first ever fighter from Japan to win a WBO belt.



By Rene Perez –

Seven days ahead of his world championship fight, Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda (27-0, 18KOs) arrived with his team in Cebu City, Philippines. On August 1st at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, – Kameda will challenge WBO bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda (20-0, 10KOs). Tomoki, 22-years-old and the youngest of the fighting Kameda brothers, wants to make history by winning world title and completing the family goal of becoming the first trio of brothers to win world titles.

Older brother Koki and Daiki Kameda have captured world crowns.







WINDHOEK – Following his trouncing of Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu to become Namibia’s 3rd world champion, undisputed World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight world champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda will on August 4 make his first title defence when he squares off against Japanese boxer Tomoki Kameda, in the Philippines City of Cebu.

Under normal circumstances, Ambunda should only be obliged to fight a mandatory fight after nine months from the date of winning the world title but his promoter Nestor Tobias said they have accepted the challenge from the Japanese camp because Ambunda is in good shape and hungry for more success.

Tobias said both camps have agreed on a neutral venue, so that also gives Ambunda more room to successfully defend his first title fight. “We would have loved to stage his first title defence fight in Namibia but unfortunately due to lack of funds, we have to fight away from home but luckily it’s a neutral venue. We expect a very tough fight, but we are confident to retain this world title not only for now but for a very long time to come,” said Tobias.

“We have received a number of offers from across the world to fight  Ambunda and have considered them all but opted for the best quality fighter, who is Kameda,” he added.

Kameda, 22, is the current reigning WBC silver champion and rated number 4 in the world under the WBC and number 6 in the world under the WBO. He is an undefeated Japanese Mexican boxer, who is also the current WBC FECARBOX, WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation bantamweight and WBC youth world super bantamweight champion.

He hails from a rich boxing family and is a brother to Koko Kameda who is the current WBA and WBC bantamweight champion and also to Daiki Kameda who is the current WBA flyweight champion

“We however wish to ensure that Namibians watch this fight live and we are in negotiations with NBC TV to buy rights for Namibia so that our fans don’t miss this fight. We at MTC Nestor Sunshine Academy would also like to invite all Namibians to contact any travel agency to book their tickets and accompany us to the Philippines to support The Rock,” concluded Tobias.