Rey Vargas to defend junior featherweight belt against Tomoki Kameda
An agreement has been reached for WBC world junior featherweight titleholder Rey Vargas to defend his world belt against mandatory challenger Tomoki Kameda, the World Boxing Council announced.
A purse bid was scheduled for later this week, but a deal was reached between Golden Boy Promotions and Promociones del Pueblo, which co-promote Vargas, and TGB Promotions, which represents Kameda.
A source told The Ring Wednesday night the fight between Vargas and Kameda could take place “sometime in July or August.”
Vargas (33-0, 22 knockouts) successfully defended his WBC title on Feb. 9, overcoming a knockdown to defeat Venezuela’s Franklin Manzanilla by unanimous decision. The victory over Manzanilla marked Vargas’ fourth defense of the title.
The 28-year-old Vargas is ranked No. 2 by The Ring. Both Vargas and Kameda, who is ranked No. 8 by The Ring, currently live and train in Mexico City.
Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs) became the mandatory challenger to the WBC title when he defeated contender Abigail Medina by unanimous decision in his last bout on Nov. 12 in Tokyo, Japan.
The 27-year-old Kameda has won his last five bouts since losing back-to-back fights to Jamie McDonnell in 2015.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @FSalazarBoxing