Japan set for boxing blood fest

TOKYO - Japan's WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito has agreed to fight self-styled boxing bad boy Koki Kameda in a blockbuster title defence in November.

TOKYO - Japan's WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito has agreed to fight self-styled boxing bad boy Koki Kameda in a blockbuster title defence in November.

The Japan Boxing Commission said yesterday that the feuding camps had agreed on terms, with November 29 the most likely date for one of the biggest dust-ups the country has seen. The clash is expected to generate massive media interest and television ratings in Japan.

Bad blood exists between the 34-year-old Naito and the brash Kameda, 12 years his junior. Naito beat Kameda's younger brother Daiki in an ugly brawl that ended in farce in 2007, the challenger picking up Naito and slamming him to the canvas.

Daiki, who had branded Naito a "cockroach" in the run-up to the fight, was banned from boxing for a year. Koki, working in his brother's corner, escaped with a warning after TV microphones picked up his advice to elbow Naito in the eye. - Reuters

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