Last week the WBA announced that they would be holding purse bids on September 17th for an all Japanese title fight between current champion Kohei Kono (30-8, 13) and the #2 ranked Koki Kameda (32-1, 17). Kameda, the mandatory challenger, is currently unlicensed in Japan and the WBA have been made aware of the situation though have continued to push for the mandatory title fight in an attempt to over-rule the governing body of Japanese boxing.
The JBC haven't taken the WBA's actions lying down. They have stated the they will not allow Koki to fight in Japan without a license, stating that they are in charge of their jurisdiction and that they will not allow any fighter to fight in the country without a proper license. That's nothing new from the JBC but it is solidifying a stance that we already knew.
What is new is that the JBC have gone on the offensive and have questioned why a man ranked #2 is given the position of being a mandatory challenger. By rights it should be the #1 contender, and current interim champion, David Sanchez who should be the mandatory challenger, after all he is the highest ranked fighter and the world champion should be matched against the interim champion in any mandatory fight.
Cleverly the JBC haven't just gone on the offensive but have publicly slammed the multi-title situation of the WBA, adding weight to the claims of fans around the world, that the WBA are merely an organisation looking to collect sanctioning fees rather than determine a real world champion. The move is a clever one by the JBC and could help change the way the WBA works.
Although they are clearly unhappy the JBC have offered an olive branch to promoters stating that they may consider a bout between Kono and Koki in Japan as long as their is correspondence and some form of agreement is made, likely that Koki will be fighting as a foreign fighter.