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Tomoki Kameda, 29-0, confident ahead of US debut on Canelo v Lara

Phil Jay 08/07/2014

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda has the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend when he travels Stateside for the first time in his career to face 48-fight puncher Pungluang Sor Singyu.

At just 22 years old, Kameda has amassed an impressive 29-0 record to earn his place at the top table of the sport, having defeated two previously unbeaten fighters in his pair of world title clashes to date.

Kameda is now handed a platform by world-renowned promoters Golden Boy to showcase his talent on a card topped by Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, who squares off against Erislandy Lara this Saturday on Showtime pay-per-view.

Nicknamed ‘El Mexicanito’ due to his amateur training and subsequent close ties to Mexico, Kameda is looking forward to sharing a bill with Canelo and is expecting fireworks in the main event.

“I think Canelo is great boxer, but Lara is very difficult opponent,” Kameda told World Boxing News.

“Lara being a southpaw and having such good technique can give Canelo problems, so I am expected that this will be grand fight.

“I am happy to be fighting on such a great event and I know my opponent has much experience. He fought in many times in foreign country and he won this very title in the Philippines back in 2012, so this fight is not easy for me.

“But I have prepared very good, I am in very good condition now and I will win this fight.”

The current WBC title holder is Kameda’s fellow countryman Shinsuke Yamanaka, whilst the WBA champion is Britain’s Jamie McDonnell. The ‘super’ title is currently held by Anselmo Moreno and the IBF belt lies vacant after Paul Bulter’s decision to move back down to 115lbs. Kameda knows an eye-catching victory in Las Vegas can push him closer to a possible unification, possibly at the end of 2014.

“A win can put me closer to facing another champion, but I can’t think about that right now as I concentrate on this fight. I will fight against any of other champions, but right now I am focused on July 12,” said Kameda.

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