KOBE – WBC bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa, who successfully defended the crown for the 10th time a day earlier, said Saturday he envisions taking part in a big fight overseas.
“I want to be in a big fight. If it’s a nothing bout, I can’t see any reason to travel all the way overseas,” Hasegawa said at a news conference.
Some of the opponents he imagines going toe-to-toe with include WBA featherweight champion Chris John from Indonesia or WBA super bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratiengdaeng of Thailand.
“My feeling (about trying to win crowns in two weight categories) is about 50-50,” he said.
Hasegawa, who knocked out Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez in the fourth round on Friday, also said he would welcome a unification title bout against the bantamweight champion of a different organization.
Daiki Kameda will have a rematch with WBA flyweight champion Denkaosen Kaowichit in Kobe on Feb. 7, a Kameda spokesperson said Saturday.
The announcement came after the World Boxing Association last month upheld Kameda’s appeal of his points defeat to the Thai champion on Oct. 6.
The second eldest of the three Kameda boxing brothers will be making his third attempt at a world title at Kobe World Memorial Hall.
“I wanted a rematch as soon as the previous fight ended,” the 20-year-old Kameda told a news conference in Tokyo. “I wouldn’t fight him again if I wasn’t confident of winning.”
Kameda has a record of 15-2 with 11 knockouts while Denkaosen is 48-1 with one draw and 20 KOs.