Kōki Kameda

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Kōki Kameda
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Real name Kōki Kameda
Nickname(s) Naniwa no Tōken (浪速の闘拳?) "The Fighting Fist of Osaka"[1]
Rated at Light Flyweight
Flyweight
Bantamweight
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5.5 in)
Reach 1.68 m (5 ft 6.2 in)
Nationality Japan Japanese
Born (1986-11-17) November 17, 1986 (age 27)
Osaka, Japan
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 32
Wins by KO 17
Losses 1
Draws 0

Kōki Kameda (亀田 興毅 Kameda Kōki?, born November 17, 1986 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese professional boxer and the former WBA (Regular) Bantamweight Champion. He is the oldest of the three Kameda brothers and presided over the Kameda Promotions.[2] His younger brother, Daiki Kameda, is a boxer and the current IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion, and the youngest brother, Tomoki, is the current WBO Bantamweight Champion, who currently fights in Mexico. Kōki is the former WBA Light Flyweight Champion. He gave up the title shortly after defending it once to move up to the flyweight division. He is also the former WBC Flyweight Champion and has a record of 32-1-0 (17 KOs).

Family[edit]

Kameda and his two brothers are by far the most well known boxers in Japan. Their father began training them when they were young, and Kōki Kameda was featured in a television series after winning several amateur tournaments. His brother Daiki is a professional boxer and the current WBA Flyweight Champion.[3] Kōki's youngest brother Tomoki, had been training for the Beijing Olympics, but was told he was too young to qualify for the Olympics. Tomoki decided to turn pro and is now the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champion.[4][5] While growing up in Osaka, they trained at the Green Tsunuda gym, which also produced former WBC minimumweight title holder and former WBA interim minimumweight title holder, Katsunari Takayama, who also happens to be a critic of the Kameda brothers.

Amateur career[edit]

Back in 2000 when Kameda was only 14 years old, Kameda managed to get some national attention by taking on former two time division world champion, Hiroki Ioka, in a 2 round exhibition match. Ioka was the inaugural WBC minimumweight champion and was also the former WBA lightflyweight champion, a title which Kameda himself would controversially win in August 2006. Kameda at first was believed to have got a first round knockdown on the former champion by landing a left straight and a right hook, but the referee ruled it as a slip. Kameda throughout the exhibition bout, would try to go for a knockout. However, the fight went the distance and this would jump start Kameda by going all out on the former champion.

Pro career[edit]

On August 2, 2006, in his first attempt for the world title, Kameda squared off with Juan Jose Landaeta of Venezuela in Yokohama, Japan, for the World Boxing Association light flyweight title. The fight was rather controversial as Kameda won the fight in a split decision despite getting knocked down in the first round and being dominated in the final two rounds. Further fueling controversy was the fact that the Korean judge who scored the fight 114-113 in Kameda's favor gave the final round to Kameda 10-9, although the perception by most observers was that the clearly exhausted Japanese boxer did nothing but tie up his opponent and try to avoid being knocked out in that round. If the Korean judge had scored the final round in favor of Landaeta, the Venezuelan would have won the bout. The match reinforced the existence of a home field advantage and the bias a foreign fighter must face when fighting on Japanese soil.

There were mixed reactions from the Japanese public after the fight. Some 50,000 calls complaining against the decision were made to TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System, the station that broadcast the fight) to complain about the decision. While some hailed the 19-year-old's aggressiveness and impressive technique, others believed Landaeta was obviously the better fighter and exposed Kameda's inexperience and questionable stamina. Despite the controversial nature of the decision, it was a close, bitterly contested bout. Scoring some of the very close earlier rounds for Kameda would give the young fighter the necessary buffer on the scorecards to required to win, despite Landaeta's late charge. Kameda's father and trainer's backlash against the critics went as far as death threats.[6]

Rematch & Defending the Title[edit]

On December 20, 2006, in a highly anticipated rematch, Kameda decisively defeated Juan Jose Landaeta at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan. Kameda employed a rather different boxing style from the one he used back in the title match on August. Kameda outboxed Landaeta for most of the match using his quickness and accuracy, and won by unanimous decision.

Kameda vacated his Light Flyweight Championship to move up to the Flyweight division on January 22, 2007.

Winning the WBC flyweight title[edit]

Koki Kameda beat Daisuke Naito on November 29, 2009 for the Lineal & WBC flyweight championships.[7]

Defending against Pongsaklek Wonjongkam[edit]

On March 27, 2010, Koki Kameda fought Wonjongkam to unify the WBC Flyweight championship and interim WBC Flyweight championship. The winner would also claim the vacant The Ring's Flyweight championship. Wonjongkam defeated Kameda by a 12 round majority decision to become the WBC and Ring/Lineal Flyweight champion.

WBA Bantamweight title[edit]

On December 26, 2010 Kameda went up to the Bantamweight weight class and fought Alexander Munoz of Venezuela for the vacant WBA Bantamweight Regular Title. Kameda defeated Munoz by unanimous decision to win the title.[8] In May 2012, Kameda status was changed to "Champion in Recess", as he claimed an injury that prevented him from fighting mandatory contender and Interim Champion Hugo Ruiz.[9][10] Kameda was restored to Champion in November 2012, but vacated his title in December 2013, following a call for a unification match with WBA Super Champion Anselmo Moreno, in order to move down to the super flyweight division.[11]

Professional Boxing Record[edit]

32 Wins (17 Knockouts), 1 Defeat, 0 Draws[12]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 32-1 South Korea Jung-Oh Son SD 12 2013-11-19 South Korea Grand Hotel, Jeju, South Korea Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title.
Win 31-1 Philippines John Mark Apolinario UD 12 2013-07-23 Japan Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title.
Win 30-1 Thailand Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym SD 12 2013-04-07 Japan Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
Win 29-1 Mexico Hugo Ruiz SD 12 2012-12-04 Japan Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
Win 28-1 Indonesia Nouldy Manakane UD 12 2012-04-04 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
Win 27-1 Mexico Mario Macias KO 4 (12), 2:04 2011-12-07 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
Win 26-1 Mexico David De La Mora UD 12 2011-08-31 Japan Nihon Budokan, Tokyo Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
Win 25-1 Nicaragua Daniel Diaz RTD 11 (12), 3:00 2011-05-07 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
Win 24-1 Venezuela Alexander Muñoz UD 12 2010-12-26 Japan Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Won vacant WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
Win 23-1 Mexico Cecilio Santos KO 4 (10), 0:49 2010-07-25 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka
Loss 22-1 Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam MD 12 2010-03-27 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo Lost Lineal & WBC flyweight title. For vacant The Ring flyweight title
Win 22-0 Japan Daisuke Naito UD 12 2009-11-29 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka Won Lineal & WBC flyweight titles
Win 21-0 Mexico Humberto Pool KO 5 (10), 2:29 2009-09-05 Japan Differ Ariake Arena, Tokyo
Win 20-0 Mexico Dolores Osorio KO 2 (10), 2:09 2009-09-05 Japan Saitama Super Arena, Saitama
Win 19-0 Mexico Salvador Montes UD 12 2008-08-30 Mexico Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León Won vacant WBA Inter-continental flyweight title
Win 18-0 Mexico Marino Montiel TKO 2 (10), 1:54 2008-07-12 Mexico Palenque De La Expo, Hermosillo, Sonora
Win 17-0 Philippines Rexon Flores UD 10 2008-03-22 Japan Makuhari Messe, Chiba City
Win 16-0 United States Cesar Lopez UD 10 2007-07-28 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo
Win 15-0 Indonesia Irfan Ogah TKO 8 (10), 2:23 2007-05-23 Japan Central Gym, Osaka
Win 14-0 Mexico Everardo Morales UD 10 2007-03-24 Japan Kokugikan, Tokyo
Win 13-0 Venezuela Juan Jose Landaeta UD 12 2006-12-20 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo Retained WBA World light flyweight title
Win 12-0 Venezuela Juan Jose Landaeta SD 12 2006-08-02 Japan Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa Won vacant WBA World light flyweight title
Win 11-0 Nicaragua Carlos Fajardo TKO 2 (10), 1:28 2006-05-05 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo
Win 10-0 Mexico Carlos Bouchan KO 6 (10), 2:20 2006-03-08 Japan Kokugikan, Tokyo
Win 9-0 Venezuela Noel Arambulet RTD 7 (10), 3:00 2005-11-26 Japan Saitama Super Arena, Saitama
Win 8-0 Thailand Wanmeechok Singwancha TKO 3 (12), 0:50 2005-08-21 Japan Bunka Gym, Yokohama, Kanagawa Won OPBF flyweight titile
Win 7-0 Thailand Saman Sorjaturong KO 1 (10), 2:59 2005-06-20 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Win 6-0 Thailand Yodkeng Singwangcha KO 1 (10), 2:10 2005-02-21 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Win 5-0 Thailand Nopadetchlek Chuwatana KO 2 (10), 0:59 2004-12-13 Japan Central Hall, Osaka
Win 4-0 Thailand Daochai KT Gym UD 10 2004-09-27 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka
Win 3-0 Thailand Saming Twingym KO 1 (8), 1:48 2004-05-22 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka
Win 2-0 Thailand Prakan Twingym KO 1 (6), 1:12 2004-03-13 Japan Central Gym, Osaka
Win 1-0 Thailand Dennarong Sithsoba KO 1 (6), 0:44 2003-12-21 Japan Central Gym, Osaka pro debut

Criticism[edit]

Kameda is often criticized for his flamboyance, immaturity, and lack of respect both inside and outside the ring. He has never spoken courteously towards anyone in his numerous TV appearances, (considering that the Japanese language has tenses specifically used for courteous speech) and often taunts opponents with insulting presents and language. Criticism also revolves around his boxing skills and sportsmanship. The fact that Kameda's first six opponents had a combined record of 0-18 brought much criticism during the early part of his professional career. Many Japanese boxers, including former WBC Super flyweight champion Masamori Tokuyama and WBC Minimumweight title Eagle Kyowa, have stated that they could easily defeat Kameda if given a chance, and that his boasting and popularity are greatly out of proportion with his actual skills in the ring.

There was an outcry from the Japanese public about his first bout against Landaeta being fixed. Former world champions Guts Ishimatsu and Yasuei Yakushiji have commented that they believe Kameda lost the fight.[13]

He was also involved in the controversy surrounding his brother Daiki during his fight with Daisuke Naito. Koki escaped with a warning about advising Daiki to elbow Naito in the eye. His brother was suspended from fighting for one year and his father was suspended indefinitely for the incident.[14]

It was originally rumored and intended that Kameda would fight then WBC Light Flyweight title holder, Brian Viloria, in a WBA/WBC unification title fight. However, Kameda's controversial decision over Landaeta in the first match and Viloria losing to Omar Nino made the match difficult to produce further talks.

He is dubbed as Naniwa no Tōken (浪速の闘拳?) in Japanese.[1] Naniwa is a former designation of Osaka. The nickname denotes "The Fighting Fist of Osaka", though it is sometimes derided by his anti-fans as "浪速の逃犬" (pronounced the same as the original one),[15] which means the run-away dog of Osaka.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ニッカン★バトル 亀田特集" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 2010-3. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  2. ^ "亀田3兄弟 - ボクシング". Nikkan Sports. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Jhonny (2010-04-16). "Tomoki Kameda youngest brother in a talented Boxing family". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  4. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=29047
  5. ^ http://www.informador.com.mx/deportes/2010/217035/6/tomoki-kameda-gana-titulo-intercontinental.htm
  6. ^ JAPAN'S TEENAGE SENSATION KAMEDA TAKES WBA TITLE ON SPLIT DECISION FROM VENEZUELAN VETERAN (fightnightnews.com)
  7. ^ Yahoo Boxing (November 29, 2009). "Kameda defeats Naito to win flyweight title". Yahoo Sports. p. 1. 
  8. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/box/news;_ylt=Ariy9RIHhdthIBdHke2VCTiUxLYF?slug=ap-kameda-munoz
  9. ^ http://wbanews.com/artman/uploads/1/RANKING_WBA_APRIL_2012_1.pdf WBA Official Ratings as of April 2012
  10. ^ http://hugo-ruiz-still-waiting-on-koki-kameda-unification--54100 Hugo Ruiz Still Waiting on Koki Kameda Unification
  11. ^ http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/wba-champ-kameda-vacates-his-bantamweight-title-232725
  12. ^ Koki Kameda's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-11.
  13. ^ Was Kameda vs Landaeta a fix? (Japan Today, August 10, 2006)
  14. ^ BOXING: Daiki Kameda banned for year over violence
  15. ^ Mitsuhiro Mizuno (2012-12-14). "興毅、辛くも王座防衛。相手のニックネームは "メキシコの亀田"!" (in Japanese). Shueisha. p. 2. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 

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August 2, 2006 – January 19, 2007
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November 29, 2009 – March 27, 2010
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