It seems that this week has been all about the Kameda brothers. Firstly we reported that Tomoki Kameda, pictured, would be defending his WBO Bantamweight title against Pungluang Sor Singyu in either April or May in either Japan or the US.
The past few days have seen the JBC refusing to renew licenses of the Kameda Gym as well as the gym manage and chairman. This has effectively left all 3 brothers, Koki, Daiki and Tomoki, unable to fight unless they can agree a transfer to a new gym.
Right now none of the 3 men have a license to fight in Japan and in theory Tomoki, the WBO Bantamweight champion, and Daiki, the IBF Super Flyweight champion, aren't even recognised as world champions in their own country.
Of course just because Japan refuses to recognise the trio as boxers it doesn't mean that they aren't professional boxers. The JBC refusing to renew the licenses is a domestic issues and no one that has any direct implication with decisions made by the IBF or the WBO regarding their champions, or with any other country willing to sanction professional boxing.
What this effectively means is that the "Japan or US" venue of Tomoki's fight against Pungluang Sor Singyu seems very likely to be in the US at the moment.
Given that Tomoki's JBC license is suspended, he's gymless and the Kameda gym are threatening to take the issue to the courts, it would seem highly likely that the domestic ban for the trio will be in effect for the foreseeable future. If a court case is taken up then the whole matter could well be very long and drawn out with the fighters forced to sit on the sidelines as a result.
Whilst we sort of know the position of Tomoki and his next defense it seems that Daiki is in a spot of bother. According to the IBF Daiki has a mandatory title defense due, against Zolani Tete, for March 3rd. Although they may be willing to extend that date, given the very unique circumstances, we'd imagine they, the IBF, would rather strip Daiki and put this dark and sordid affair behind them rather than continue to recognise Daiki as champion any longer.
Unfortunately for the IBF and the JBC, the top two challengers are Tete, of South Africa, and Teiru Kinoshita of Japan. We may well see the IBF 115lb title bouncing from Tomoki to Kinoshita in the space of a few months.
(We have sent an e-mail to the IBF to inquire about the situation of Daiki's mandatory defense and are hoping to hear back from them in the near future)
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