Tomoki Kameda Interview: "Becoming a world champion in Mexico is my dream"

Tomoki Kameda Interview: "Becoming a world champion in Mexico is my dream"
By Anson Wainwright (Oct 17, 2012) Doghouse Boxing

Tomoki Kameda
Up and coming Japanese bantamweight Tomoki Kameda has pretty big shoes to fill, looking to follow in his elder brothers’ (Koki and Daiki) footsteps. Both his siblings have previously won world titles, something the youngest brother hopes to emulate in the future. However, unlike his brothers, who have plied their trade in Japan from a young age, the now-21-year-old Tomoki decided to add a different dimension to his already impressive arsenal. So he went to Mexico, from which he pays homage in his nickname “El Mexicanito,” to learn more about boxing. Currently, he’s 24-0 with 15 kayos with 15 of the bouts taking place in Mexico and his next bout takes place on 27th October when he meets Mexican Javier Franco, 21-9-1 (10), (live on Televisa /Fox Sports in the USA) from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico at the Chetumal International Business and Convention Center.
Anson Wainwright - You beat Monico Laurente in your most recent bout. It took place at 122; however, in the bout previous to that, you won the WBC silver bantamweight title. Do you consider yourself a super bantamweight or a bantamweight?
Tomoki Kameda - I am a WBC bantamweight silver champion but the WBC silver title is not recognised in Japan. So this fight became the contract weight. I want to fight if there is a chance of the world title match between 115 pounds to 122 pounds.
AW - How far do you think you are from fighting for a world title?
TK - I am ready to fight in a world title match. I'm waiting for that chance to come to me.
AW - You’re the youngest of three fighting brothers. Koki and Daiki fight in Japan while you have based yourself for the majority of your fights in Mexico. Can you tell us about this? 
TK - I am 21 years old now. I went to Mexico for the first time when I was 15 years old. My career as an amateur started in Mexico. It was piled up for one-and-a-half years in Mexico. Then my career as a professional started in Mexico too. I love Mexico and the people in Mexico and it is thought that Mexico is the second home country for me. My career as a boxer is made in Mexico. Therefore, I will continue to base myself in Mexico now and in the future. Becoming a world champion in Mexico is my dream.
AW - The difference between living in Japan and being in Mexico must be huge. Can you tell us about this and how you find it? How much time do you spend in each place or do you divide the time up equally?
TK - I think that Japan and Mexico are very good countries. As for the difference between Japan and Mexico, the Japanese are diligent and closed and the Mexicans are bright and openhearted. Moreover, I do not feel the inconvenience while living in Mexico. The Mexican cuisine is loved. I am staying in Japan and Mexico half and half.
AW - You were born in Osaka. Can you tell us about your younger days and what it was like for you growing up and in a boxing family?
TK - I was not so affluent when I was a child. However, my father taught boxing for us eagerly. I was very happy. I was influenced by my brothers, Koki and Daiki, very much. I trained as to compete with them. I think that is my present self because it was born in this family.
AW - What do you like to do away from boxing?
TK - I go to shopping and go out for a meal on holiday sometimes.
AW - Do you charity work?
TK - When it can be done with my brothers, I want to do the charity activity.
AW - In your weight class, your brother Koki is the WBA champion; however, there are other titles available. Would you fight for the IBF or WBO championships as they aren’t recognised in Japan but are in Mexico where you fight? What are your thoughts on that?
TK - I want to fight for the world championship of IBF and WBO in Mexico if there is a chance. It is regrettable that it is not possible to fight in Japan even if I will be a champion of IBF and WBO.
AW – Presumably, like the Klitschko brothers, you and your brothers, Koki and Daiki, would never under any circumstances fight each other?
TK - I think that we won't fight each other.
AW - What do you think of the current champions at 118 like WBA “super champion” Anselmo Moreno, the WBC’s Shinsuke Yamanaka and the IBF’s Leo Santa Cruz?
TK - I think that Moreno is a technical, strong champion. Yamanaka is southpaw and I heard that his left straight punch is strong. Santa Cruz is young; he hits with a lot of punches.
AW - Growing up, who were your boxing heroes and who do you enjoy watching today?
TK - My favorite boxers are Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. I want to be a great boxer like them.
AW – Finally, could you tell us what your goals are and anything you’d like to add further?
TK - My dream is to win in the ring of Las Vegas and to enchant the spectators. I have a strong mind for bantamweight. I want to be the bantamweight world champion someday.

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