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Kōki Kameda
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Statistics
Nickname(s)Naniwa no Tōken (浪速乃闘拳) "The Fighting Fist of Naniwa"[1]
Weight(s)
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Reach168 cm (66 in)
NationalityJapanese
Born (1986-11-17) November 17, 1986 (age 32)
Osaka, Japan
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights35
Wins33
Wins by KO18
Losses2

Kōki Kameda (亀田 興毅, Kameda Kōki, born November 17, 1986) is a Japanese former professional boxer who competed from 2003 to 2015. He is a three-weight world champion, having held the WBA light-flyweight title from 2006 to 2007, the WBC and lineal flyweight titles from 2009 to 2010, and the WBA (Regular) bantamweight title twice between 2010 and 2013. His younger brothers, Daiki and Tomoki, are also professional boxers.

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 light flyweight 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.[2]

Rematch and 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 World flyweight title[edit]

Koki Kameda beat Daisuke Naito on November 29, 2009 for the WBC and lineal flyweight championships.[3][4]

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, The Ring and 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.[5] 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.[6][7] 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.[8]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
35 fights 33 wins 2 losses
By knockout 18 0
By decision 15 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
35 Loss 33–2 Japan Kohei Kono UD 12 Oct 16, 2015 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. For WBA super-flyweight title
34 Win 33–1 Mexico Omar Salado KO 4 (10), 2:21 Nov 1, 2014 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
33 Win 32–1 South Korea Jung-Oh Son SD 12 Nov 19, 2013 South Korea Grand Hotel, Jeju, South Korea Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
32 Win 31–1 Philippines John Mark Apolinario UD 12 Jul 23, 2013 Japan Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
31 Win 30–1 Thailand Panomroonglek Kratingdaenggym SD 12 Apr 7, 2013 Japan Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
30 Win 29–1 Mexico Hugo Ruiz SD 12 Dec 4, 2012 Japan Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
29 Win 28–1 Indonesia Nouldy Manakane UD 12 Apr 4, 2012 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
28 Win 27–1 Mexico Mario Macias KO 4 (12), 2:04 Dec 7, 2011 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
27 Win 26–1 Mexico David De La Mora UD 12 Aug 31, 2011 Japan Nihon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
26 Win 25–1 Nicaragua Daniel Diaz RTD 11 (12), 3:00 May 7, 2011 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
25 Win 24–1 Venezuela Alexander Muñoz UD 12 Dec 26, 2010 Japan Super Arena, Saitama, Japan Won vacant WBA (Regular) bantamweight title
24 Win 23–1 Mexico Cecilio Santos KO 4 (10), 0:49 Jul 25, 2010 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan
23 Loss 22–1 Thailand Pongsaklek Wonjongkam MD 12 Mar 27, 2010 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan Lost WBC and lineal flyweight titles;
For vacant The Ring flyweight title

22 Win 22–0 Japan Daisuke Naito UD 12 Nov 29, 2009 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan Won WBC and lineal flyweight titles
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Humberto Pool KO 5 (10), 2:29 Sep 5, 2009 Japan Differ Ariake Arena, Tokyo, Japan
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Dolores Osorio KO 2 (10), 2:09 Mar 4, 2009 Japan Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Salvador Montes UD 12 Aug 30, 2008 Mexico Monterrey Arena, Monterrey, Mexico Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental flyweight title
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Marino Montiel TKO 2 (10), 1:54 Jul 12, 2008 Mexico Palenque De La Expo, Hermosillo, Mexico
17 Win 17–0 Philippines Rexon Flores UD 10 Mar 22, 2008 Japan Makuhari Messe, Chiba City, Japan
16 Win 16–0 United States Cesar Lopez UD 10 Jul 28, 2007 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
15 Win 15–0 Indonesia Irfan Ogah TKO 8 (10), 2:23 May 23, 2007 Japan Central Gym, Osaka, Japan
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Everardo Morales UD 10 Mar 24, 2007 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
13 Win 13–0 Venezuela Juan Jose Landaeta UD 12 Dec 20, 2006 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA light-flyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Venezuela Juan Jose Landaeta SD 12 Aug 2, 2006 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan Won vacant WBA light-flyweight title
11 Win 11–0 Nicaragua Carlos Fajardo TKO 2 (10), 1:28 May 5, 2006 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Carlos Bouchan KO 6 (10), 2:20 Mar 8, 2006 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
9 Win 9–0 Venezuela Noel Arambulet RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Nov 26, 2005 Japan Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
8 Win 8–0 Thailand Wanmeechok Singwancha TKO 3 (12), 0:50 Aug 21, 2005 Japan Bunka Gym, Yokohama, Japan Won OPBF flyweight title
7 Win 7–0 Thailand Saman Sorjaturong KO 1 (10), 2:59 Jun 20, 2005 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
6 Win 6–0 Thailand Yodkeng Singwangcha KO 1 (10), 2:10 Feb 21, 2005 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
5 Win 5–0 Thailand Nopadetchlek Chuwatana KO 2 (10), 0:59 Dec 13, 2004 Japan Central Hall, Osaka, Japan
4 Win 4–0 Thailand Daochai KT Gym UD 10 Sep 27, 2004 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan
3 Win 3–0 Thailand Saming Twingym KO 1 (8), 1:48 May 22, 2004 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan
2 Win 2–0 Thailand Prakan Twingym KO 1 (6), 1:12 Mar 13, 2004 Japan Central Gym, Osaka, Japan
1 Win 1–0 Thailand Dennarong Sithsoba KO 1 (6), 0:44 Dec 21, 2003 Japan Central Gym, Osaka, Japan Professional 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.[9]

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.[10]

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),[11] which means the run-away dog of Osaka.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy" ニッカン★バトル 亀田特集 (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 2010–13. Archived from the original on 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  2. ^ JAPAN'S TEENAGE SENSATION KAMEDA TAKES WBA TITLE ON SPLIT DECISION FROM VENEZUELAN VETERAN (fightnightnews.com)
  3. ^ "Kōki Kameda - World Flyweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  4. ^ Yahoo Boxing (November 29, 2009). "Kameda defeats Naito to win flyweight title". Yahoo Sports. p. 1.
  5. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/box/news;_ylt=Ariy9RIHhdthIBdHke2VCTiUxLYF?slug=ap-kameda-munoz
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2012-10-06. WBA Official Ratings as of April 2012
  7. ^ http://hugo-ruiz-still-waiting-on-koki-kameda-unification--54100[permanent dead link] Hugo Ruiz Still Waiting on Koki Kameda Unification
  8. ^ http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/wba-champ-kameda-vacates-his-bantamweight-title-232725
  9. ^ Was Kameda vs Landaeta a fix? (Japan Today, August 10, 2006)
  10. ^ BOXING: Daiki Kameda banned for year over violence
  11. ^ 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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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Wanmeechok Singwancha
OPBF flyweight champion
August 21, 2005 – October 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Noriyuki Komatsu
Vacant
Title last held by
Brahim Asloum
WBA Inter-Continental flyweight champion
August 30, 2008 – July 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Oleksandr Hryshchuk
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Roberto Vásquez
WBA light-flyweight champion
August 2, 2006 – January 19, 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Juan Carlos Reveco
Preceded by
Daisuke Naito
WBC flyweight champion
November 29, 2009 – March 27, 2010
Succeeded by
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
Lineal flyweight champion
November 29, 2009 – March 27, 2010
Vacant
Title last held by
Anselmo Moreno
WBA bantamweight champion
Regular title

December 26, 2010 – May 8, 2012
Status changed
Vacant
Title next held by
Himself
Vacant
Title last held by
Himself
WBA bantamweight champion
Regular title

November 9, 2012 – December 6, 2013
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jamie McDonnell
Honorary boxing titles
New title WBA bantamweight champion
Regular title
In recess

May 8, 2012 – November 9, 2012
Reinstated
Vacant