Earlier today it was reported that new JPBA president Hitoshi Watanabe has stated that he is open to the controversial Kameda Gym re-opening.
Mr Watanabe, the head of Watanabe Gym, the EJBA and the JPBA, has stated that whilst he is open to the Kameda Gym being re-licensed there would be a number of terms that the Kameda's would need to fulfil. One of those, is simple, the Gym would be required to talk and and sit down with Watanabe, among others, in what would seemingly act as a clearing of the air conversation. It seems clear that it wouldn't be an immediate "all is forgiven" type of conversation but something done in stages with both sides having genuine resentment towards the other.
More complex however is that Mr Watanabe would require the Kameda's to drop their on going lawsuit against the JBC.
The lawsuit is reportedly worth ¥660,000,000 and is something the Kameda's are said to be determined to win. It would take serious and clear thought for the Kameda's to willingly drop the suit, though it seems to be absolutely pivotal to the Kameda's being licensed again as a boxing gym. Mr Watanabe also seems to suggest that the request isn't an acceptance of guilt from the JBC, but it seems the intention is that would end the on going dispute between the two sides.
The Kameda's had their license revoked "indefinitely" following the controversial Daiki Kameda Vs Liborio Solis bout, a bout that saw Daiki retain the IBF Super Flyweight title despite losing to Solis. The bout saw the JBC and Japanese boxing fans in uproar and eventually escalated to the point that Kameda's were given their ban and haven't fought in Japan since.
Earlier today it was announced that Hitoshi Watanabe would become the new Chairman of the East Japan Boxing Association (EJBA).
The head of Watanabe Gym has taken over the role from the popular Hideyuki Ohashi after winning a vote this morning.
The new chairman will take his position on April 1st and has promised some really promising moves forward.
He has promised to try and make all the district associations work better alongside the JBC, essentially making the entire Japanese professional system smoother. He has also promised to try and make the the amateurs and professionals work closer together and has in fact hinted at helping professional fighters move towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Mr Watanabe will have a 3 year term in charge of the EJBA.
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