Boxing brothers seek spot in history-A A +A
Friday, July 26, 2013
THE thought of making boxing history by becoming the only three brothers to become world champions at the same time is added inspiration for young Japanese prospect Tomoki Kameda to dethrone World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight titleholder Paulus Ambunda.
“Seeing my brother’s (Koki) successful defense is a really good feeling. It is a huge motivation for me to win the world title,” Tomoki said yesterday after sweating it out at the RWS Gym.
The 26-year-old Koki, the eldest of the fighting Kameda brothers of Japan, took the lead by successfully defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight belt with a unanimous decision over Filipino challenger John Mark Apolinario in Tokyo, Japan last Tuesday.
Now it’s the turn of 22-year-old Tomoki, the youngest of the Kameda brothers, as he takes center stage against fellow unbeaten Ambunda this Thursday night at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.
“Of course there is pressure because my two brothers have become world champions. But I turn the pressure into power. I’m confident that I will win,” he said.
Tomoki looked sharp in his three-round sparring with his older brother Daiki, the former WBA flyweight champion, who is also preparing for an upcoming world title fight.
The 24-year-old Daiki is vying for the vacant International Boxing Federation super flyweight strap against Rodrigo Guerrero on Sept. 3 in Japan.
Ambunda, 20-0 with 10 knockouts, should be a daunting assignment for Tomoki because the 32-year-old Namibian seems like the real deal.
Ambunda snagged the crown with a unanimous decision victory over tough Thai slugger Pungluang Sor Singyu, who is remembered for knocking out Cebuano star AJ “Bazooka” Banal.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 27, 2013.