Kameda brothers set for July bouts


WBA flyweight champion Daiki Kameda and older brother Koki Kameda will face opponents, who have not yet been named, in non-title bouts on July 25 at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, boxing sources said Friday.

Daiki’s fight will be a warmup for a mandatory title bout against former WBA flyweight champion Takefumi Sakata. The date and venue for his mandatory match have not yet been determined.

Koki will return to the ring for the first time since losing his WBC flyweight belt to then-interim champion Pongsaklek Wonjogkam of Thailand on March 27.

The often-controversial Kameda family suffered yet another blow in April when the Japan Boxing Commission banned their father and coach Shiro for life from activities related to pro boxing after he verbally abused WBC officials following Koki’s failed attempt to unify the title against Pongsaklek.

The JBC also ordered the Kameda Boxing Gym to suspend operations indefinitely, but later allowed it to resume under new head Shinji Yoshii, so that the brothers could continue their boxing careers.

Kazuto Ioka, the highly touted 21-year-old nephew of former WBC strawweight and WBA junior flyweight champion Hiroki Ioka, is also scheduled to fight on July 25.