Video Of, And Notes On, Koki Kameda – Daisuke Naito

After the jump is the (almost) full Koki Kameda-Daisuke Naito flyweight fight (did somebody call it The Japanese Fight of the Century?) from Sunday. I already posted a link to round 12, but rounds 10 and 11 are missing. When portion four of the four-part video is uploaded, I’ll include it. Start giving her a whirl. Three notes:

  1. I found it to be a nice scrap, albeit with a distracting number of head butts and with some of the rounds difficult to score, although I didn’t keep an official tally. Kameda clearly is the real deal, not some product of self-hype.
  2. The fight reportedly did very good ratings in Japan; at one point, more than half the Japanese television audience was tuning in, apparently. BOXING ISN’T DEA — Oh wait, everybody knows already now.
  3. Kameda has started talks to fight Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, the interim titlist to his full WBC titlist. Ignore that belt though: The winner would be crowned the true, lineal Ring magazine champion, filling another slot to your left, since Kameda was bumped to the #1 spot by beating Naito.

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Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.