From what we understand former 3 weight world champion Koki Kameda (32-1, 17) has officially recalled his transfer request to UNITED and accepted that his future, at least in Japan is all over.
Kameda has been battling with the JBC all year after the Kameda Gym was stripped of it's licences. Without a gym license a Japanese fighter cannot compete in Japan meaning Koki was unable to arrange fights. The lack of a license has been a thorn in his side all year and has effectively cost him a world title fight with WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (30-8, 13).
Although UNITED aren't the only gym Koki could have requested a transfer to his options were very limited for a number of reasons.
Firstly the JBC set special standards for any gym that Koki wanted to join. One of the conditions a gym had to meet was that the gym had to have had a record of managing a world champion and would have been able to control Koki. Unfortunately UNITED lacked a former world champion and were hit double hardly by the fact their Chairman was too ill to make a case that they could control Koki.
Secondly the gym has to want Koki there. This isn't just the management of the gym but also the fighters there and this effectively ruled him out of transferring to Kadoebi. The management at Kadoebi were happy to have Koki but the fighters at the gym were unhappy to have the unwanted distraction of having the controversial fighter there.
Although there are some options in Japan it appears that Koki has officially decided that enough is enough and that he's no longer going to play games with the JBC. He will no longer try to get a license in Japan and will instead focus on fighting overseas, if at all.
What we expect to happen over the next few days is for Koki to reach out to international promoters, in the Philippines, Europe, the US and Mexico. He'll likely see what offers he can get and have a hard think about whether or not he wants to continue. We imagine that if a good offer is made his way he will continue. If he can't get a suitable offer however then the odds are he will walk away from being an active fighter and either work with his father training fighters or do something else with life.
(Image of Koki with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez courtesy of Notifight)
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