Tomoki Kameda talks Jamie McDonnell, 118lb clean-up and moving to 122lbs
WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda is confident that a proposed unification clash with former IBF and current WBA title holder Jamie McDonnell will go ahead early in 2015.
Kameda holds one of the most impressive records in the sport having amassed a 31-0, 19 KO record at the age of just 23 and hopes McDonnell comes through Walberto Ramos on November 22 to enable the fight to be finalized.
“If McDonnell wins his next fight I will face with him in a unification fight in the USA, so I hope he does,” Kameda told World Boxing News.
“This fight will be big fight next year and a lot of fans have stated that they desire this fight. I hope it will happen and I know I will defeat him.
“It is not done yet, but I’m ready and we just have to wait for his next fight.”
McDonnell tackles Colombianon Ramos on the Cleverly v Bellew 2 undercard at Liverpool’s Echo Arena next week and Kameda sees little in the 28 year-old’s opponent that will trouble the two-time world champion and jeopardise their future encounter.
“I think McDonnell will win and I am waiting patiently for a good fight because I want to be in with the better fighters of my division. I am exited to give a great show for all boxing fans in 2015.”
‘El Mexicanito’ as he is fondly known, Kameda has set himself some targets for the coming years and can never be accused of a lack of ambition with the peak of his career still in front of him. The Japanese boxer wants to meet with any of the belt holders at his current weight before embarking on a run at super-bantamweight – where the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux and Carl Frampton operate.
“I want to face all the 118 pound champions after I win against McDonnell. Randy Caballero, the new IBF champion can be next and maybe then I can go up to 122 and fight the best there.
“The main fighter at 122 is obviously Rigo (Rigondeaux), who is a good fighter and nobody wants to fight him at the moment. But right now I am now at 118 and a champion here – so it is impossible to fight him just yet.”
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