Boxing Preview: Showtime Features Japan’s Kameda Brothers Tonight (Nov. 1) in Chicago

box_g_kamedas_576Tonight (November 1, 2014) in Chicago, Warrior Boxing presents a card headlined by Japanese World Champion boxers Tomoki and Koki Kameda. The two Japanese bantamweights are recent signees of Al Haymon, and after long and distinguished careers in Japan, the two have chosen to leave that environment and test their mettle in the United States market. A third brother, Daiki, is also active and competing at a very high level. The three brothers are trained by their father and are the first trio of brothers to hold pieces of a boxing world title, so it would appear that the shrewd eye of Al Haymon certainly found a set of fighters he can work with. This headlining gig Saturday is the start of that relationship, and the lines reflect that as both brothers are heavily favored. Tomoki Kameda (30-0) will defend his WBO Bantamweight title as he faces hard working veteran Alejandro Hernandez. Tomoki is undefeated, and at just 23 years of age, he is the youngest of the three brothers, and he was considered to be the strongest of the three brothers by observers of the Japanese scene. He enters the bout heavily favored at (-1375), with Hernandez returning at (+750). Hernandez (28-10-2) may not impress with his record, but the Mexican fighter is a professional who is expected to come in and try to push the Japanese fighter. Koki, 27 years old, brings a formidable (32-1) pro record heading into his fight with Omar Salado. A lot of what Hernandez has going for him, Salado does too, but he has not been effective since 2008, losing more fights than he has won in the time period. the line reflects this, as Koki is a massive (-1700) favorite, with Salado returning at (+800). Salado will provide a test for the Japanese import, as he has faced top niotch talent such as Giovani Segura and Roman Gonzalez, and though he has lost he has put in rounds. Chicago’s Andrzej Fonfara returns to face Doudou Ngumbu, Fonfara went to Canada, where he lost to Adonis Stevenson in his first attempt at a world title. Fonfara, who is of Polish decent and has a strong following in the area, is favored at (-1300), with Ngumbu returning at (+700). Fonfara has spent the better part of the last year building up to that world title shot with wins in the UIC Paivilion, where this card also takes place. For him it is not only a return to a familiar building, it is also an attempt to get a win and put the loss to Stevenson behind him. Ngumbu brings a solid resume to the table, but the matchmakers here looking to get Fonfara a win, have likely done a good job with Ngumbu, who has a good resume but is a notch below. The final line that is popping up at the books features undefeated Dominican Javier Fortuna (25-0-1), as he faces Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto in a Super featherweight bout. Fortuna is favored at (-450) in ehat is the most competitive line at the books for this card, and Cotto returns (+320).

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