We have been informed by one of our Japanese sources that Koki Kameda (32-1, 17) is now unlikely to return to a Japanese ring this year. This is due to the ongoing issues regarding his license and the fact he currently not affiliated with a licensed gym.
A few weeks ago Kameda looked set to join UNITED but the JBC left the issue hanging for further deliberation. It seemed likely that JBC were going to refuse the move with the commission suggesting that Kameda had to join a gym with a history of managing a world champion. The idea seemed to suggest that if Koki was to join a lesser established gym he would effectively over-run the gym.
Over the weekend a story broke that Koki had attempted to secretly sign with Kadoebi Houseki Boxing Gym. The move would have satisfied the JBC as the gym has previously managed a world champion and apparently the deal was agreed in principle with the chairmen and management happy to have Kameda at the gym.
From what we understand however the move was shot down by the fighters at the gym who showed dissent at the idea of Kameda joining as a result the idea died almost as quickly as the story developed.
At the moment there are very few gyms that are likely to agree to have Kameda. Firstly the management would want to have Kameda at their gym, secondly the fighters would have to want him there, thirdly the JBC would have to accept the move and finally Kameda himself would have to want to be there. At the moment they are major stumbling blocks.
With the success Koki's brother Tomoki recently had in the US there is a chance for Koki to wave goodbye to Japan and make his name either in the US or in Mexico though if that happens we would suspect Koki would have to take a major pay cut and may well consider walking away from the sport rather than continue his battle outside of the ring. For some that would be a disappointment though for others it would be a cause for celebration with the most controversial fighter in Japan basically forced into retirement.
There is some possibilities for Koki in Japan, such as Kyoei or Teiken though there is no certainty that either would currently back Kameda or that Kameda would actually sign for either.
(Image courtesy of http://www.kadoebi.com)
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