Tomoki Kameda eyes 118lb unification before chasing the best at 122

Phil Jay 14/01/2014

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda is riding a wave of popularity in 2014 as the Japanese fighter plots his first fight of the New Year after claiming numerous honours in the past twelve months.

The 22 year-old has amassed an impressive 29-0 record, boasting 18 KO’s since turning pro just three months on from his 17th birthday and was recently awarded with WBN’s Young Fighter of the Year accolade.

Kameda followed in the footsteps of the likes of Adrien Broner and Saul Alvarez in picking up the prize and can add to that the remarkable feat he shared with his brothers Daiki and Koki as all three claimed full world titles at the same time in September.

“Last year definitely was a great year for me and my family,” Kameda told World Boxing News.

“Our dream was to make history in boxing and we did it in Japan to claim a recognised Guinness World Record, but we want it to be the start of our history in the sport and we are not finished yet. 

“It was a wonderful year in 2013 and for this year we want to make it even better. Of course I want fight in a unification as I want to hold all the organisation titles by adding the WBA, WBC and IBF.

“Then I am going to go to super-bantamweight as there are many reasons to make this move.

“Firstly, bantam is now is very hard for me to make and then I secondly think that in super-bantamweight there are all the best boxers like Santa Cruz, Donaire, Mares and Rigondeaux and I want to fight with all of them because I want be the best in the world.”

There is certainly no lacking in confidence where Kameda is concerned, although before ‘El Mexicanito’ can think of achieving his goals, there will be a WBO ranked contender to deal with first.

Former title holder Pungluang Sor Singyu is currently occupying the mandatory spot with the World Boxing Organisation and could be in line for a spring match-up with Kameda. A Singyu fight would potentially be Kameda’s last defence of his belt before a unification with either compatriot and WBC king Shinsuke Yamanaka, IBF champion Stuart Hall or WBA title holder Anselmo Moreno later in the year.

“I want fight my mandatory defense first of all and then make all my goals in bantam come true before I go to super-bantamweight. From now I want to fight with the best,” Kameda explained.

“I have pound for pound goals which I want reach by fighting anyone and somewhere in the future I then have to complete another dream and that is to fight with my brothers as three world champions in Las Vegas – that would be amazing,” he added.

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