Yesterday we reported that the JBC had stripped the promotional license of the Kameda Gym due to the way Daiki Kameda managed to retain his IBF title despite losing to Liborio Solis late last year.
It seems that things aren't quite that straight forward as just the Kameda Gym not being allowed to promote bouts.
Whilst the JBC have, as reported yesterday, refused to renew the license of the gym they have also gone a step further. Not only has the gym been stripped but so to has the license of the gym Chairman Yoshi Shinji and that of gym manager Shima Satoshi.
There does seem to be three options for the brothers right now:
Firstly they could retire, hang up the gloves and walk away from the sport. This is highly unlikely, especially considering that Tomoki Kameda announced his next defense of the WBO Bantamweight title, but is is a possible option.
The second option is that the trio transfer to another gym. This would mean that they would lose a small portion of control over their future though they would be able to continue fighting with little difference in regards to how the fans see them. Interestingly this may turn out to be the best option with the fighters allowed to just concentrate on fighting.
Finally they could apply for a new license. For this however the JBC have said the gym would require a new manager, a new chairman and that they, the JBC, would have a strict examination over any future president. Effectively saying that they will be looking closely at anything the gym would do if they took this option.
We'd assume that, in the case of Tomoki anyway, the brothers will temporarily transfer gyms before setting up a new Kameda Gym with the JBC keeping very close tabs on it. This may take a few months but by the end of the year we'd be shocked if we weren't looking at the men fighting under their own banner and we'd be massively shocked if any of the 3 did choose to permanently retire from fighting.
We're expecting a further disclosure and full announcement from the JBC to be made on February 7th. Though for now it seems like the end of one of boxing's most notoriously controversial promotional outfits.
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