Things just seem to go from bad to worse for the Kameda's and earlier today it was announced that both Koki Kameda (32-1, 17) and Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18) were to be removed from the Japanese rankings.
The two brothers have not fought at all this year they've been meaning more than 6 months of inactivity. The JBC, in accordance with their rules, have therefore taken both men from the rankings rather than allowing them to sit there taking up high ranking places.
This move is the latest in a string of JBC Vs Kameda brothers incidents which has, of course, seen the JBC strip the license away from the Kameda Gym and refuse to allow Shigeyuki Otake to become the president of the K3 gym. In effect this has left the Kameda's with out a home to fight from domestically with the JBC almost demanding them to transfer to a more trusted gym.
As for Tomoki Kameda, the current WBO Bantamweight champion, he is still recognised as a world title holder though he's not allowed to fight in Japan, just like his brothers. He's gotten around that by basing his next fight in the US though it appears that his bout won't be televised in either the US or Japan and it may end up only being shown on Thai TV of all places!
Although we won't second guess the Japanese Boxing Commission there is every chance that this this wasn't so much the JBC following their own rules as them again trying to force the Kameda's to either accept the situation they are in or force them out of the sport, at least in Japan.
On Monday the Kameda Brothers were hit by the latest in a long line of of bad news as their application to have Shigeyuki Otake become the new president of their gym was refused by the East Japan Boxing Association.
The ruling came in several parts:
Firstly the Kameda Gym, now known as "K3" will remain inactive. This will prevent any of the brothers from fighting in Japan for now. This is merely a continuation of a previous ruling that prohibited the Kameda's from promoting their own fights.
Secondly Shigeyuki Otake can, in the future, apply to run his own gym. The decision not to allow him to run the K3 gym is due to the fact that it's effectively the same as it was when the license was taken away and the Association seems to feel that that was the real problem.
Thirdly if the Kameda's want to fight in Japan they will have to join another gym. The alternative is to base themselves outside of Japan.
Fourthly, and most pertinently, the the Association will request the WBA do not push forward with attempting to make Kohei Kono (30-8, 13), the WBA Super Flyweight champion, fight Koki Kameda (32-1, 17). Whilst the bout could be made, for example in Macau or Singapore, the Association will request that Kono faces a change of opponent. If the WBA accept the request it's likely that Kono would be facing Mexican David Sanchez (25-2-2, 19) next, unless he is allowed to take a mandatory title defence.
Although the Kameda's can attempt to convince the West Japan Boxing Association that they've changed it would seem unlikely that the West Association would give the Kameda's a licence either and effectively this seems to be a decision that finally puts a nail in the Kameda's as a promotional outfit.
(Image courtesy of the JPBA)
The Kameda brothers may not be legally licensed boxers in Japan right now but that hasn't stopped them from taking part in other activities. This has included them working towards the opening of their long await fitness gym.
The Gym, named "K3 Box & Fit Gym" is a state of the art gym Setagaya, Tokyo and features 2 floors of fitness equipment, an Oxygen chambers and a tanning booth as well as lockers and personal training and boxing training.
At the moment the gym has merely had it's pre-opening show though it's meant to open properly on March 1st.
The membership fees and other details are featured on the official "K3 box and fit gym" website which can be found here: http://www.k3box-fit.com (sadly for our non Japanese speaking readers the navigation of the website may be problematic).
We would assume that if the Kameda's wanted to be self promoting in the boxing world then there is a big chance that it would be under the "K3" banner rather than the "Kameda Bros." name. This is speculation on out part but it could well make sense considering their appeal for a re-hearing has been turned down.
(Picture courtesy of http://www.k3box-fit.com)
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