Earlier today the Tokyo District Court made their ruling on the case between the Kameda family and the Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC).
The case stems from an issue in 2013 where Daiki Kameda retained the IBF Super Flyweight title, despite losing to Liborio Solis in a unification bout, due to Solis failing to make weight. The rule for Kameda to remain champion followed the IBF rules, though it appears the JBC were told that if Kameda lost he would lose his title. Something TBS were seemingly told as well.
After losing the bout Kameda continued to hold the title which left anger from fans in Japan, and later lead to the JBC holding a hearing that later saw the Kameda gym being stripped of their license and essentially being "exiled" from the sport in Japan.
Originally the Kameda clan had tried to essentially sue the JBC for ¥660,000,000. The decision from the court was much less than that, with the court deciding that the payment would be ¥45,500,000 in total.
The break down of the ¥45,500,000 is interesting. From that ¥12,000,000 is set to go to Koki Kameda, ¥11,000,000 to Tomoki Kameda, ¥7, 500,000 to Daiki and ¥15,000,000 to Kameda promotions.
Interestingly the lawyer who was there on behalf of the Kameda's explained that they may appeal and that he was very dissatisfied by the amount, but was satisfied with other aspects of the rule.
A huge worry now is the financial status of the JBC. Their financial statements said they had around ¥6,200,000 in assets at the end of 2018, and there is now genuine worry about whether they will survive, and the future governing of the sport in Japan.
Earlier this month we reported that former 3-weight world champion Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] was planning a comeback. Today he spoke further on the idea, and it seems like the comeback will be taking place, with a date set out and Kameda admitting he had two opponents in mind.
According to today's comments Kameda intends to fight on,or around, May 7th, with Abema TV having the rights to the fight. The details of the over-all show are scarce but it sounds as if the show could feature the return of Tomoki Kameda (34-2, 20) [亀田和毅] and possibly also Kyonosuke Kameda (0-1) [亀田京之介] as well as Joe Blog (1-0) [金沢仁宏].
Kameda seems unwilling to be drawn on one opponent, but it appears he was willing to talk about a fight with former WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (33-11-1, 14) [河野 公平], who beat Kameda in October 2015, in Kameda's last bout. A Kameda Vs Kono bout, in Japan, would do huge figures and could well be the easiest bout to make, though Kameda having the other opponent in mind means he may have an ace up his sleeve.
According to reports in Japan Koki's younger brother Daiki Kameda [亀田 大毅] is against Koki returning, but is unlikely to be able to stop his older brother from returning to the ring.
In 2014 the Kameda Gym was stripped of it's professional boxing license by the JBC, who went further than just stripping the gym but also it's management stripping the licenses of both gym Chairman Yoshi Shinji and that of gym manager Shima Satoshi. With the licenses being revoked following a situation where Daiki Kameda [亀田 大毅] lost in a unification bout to Liborio Solis, but kept his title as Solis missed weight. The issues was said to have annoyed both the JBC and the Japanese boxing fans, who had felt mislead, being informed that a loss would see Kameda lose the belt.
Now it seems the JBC will issue both Mr Shinji and Mr Shima their licenses back as they begin to try and let the gym re-enter Japanese boxing.
At the moment the three fighters linked to the gym, the Kameda brothers, are no longer there. Both Daiki, and Koki Kameda [亀田 興毅] have retired and taken over the duties of trainers, whilst Tomoki Kameda (34-2, 20) [亀田和毅] has transferred to the Kyoei gym, who have backed him in his last two fights and helped him to fight back in Japan.
What is interesting however is that Koki has began training a new novice, one of the fighters he faced in a special show on AbemaTV. It could well be that that fighter will sign with the Kameda gym when it reopens, ahead of his proposed debut later in the year.
As a result of the two men getting their licenses back they have agreed to drop their damage claims against the JBC. The same however cannot be said of the Kameda brothers, who are trying trying to sue the JBC for a large sum, said to be the equivalent of 2 years of fight money. That case is still pending but we suspect thecase may have been harmed by the fact that all 3 Kameda's were either active during much of that two year period, with all 3 fighting in the US, or injured, with Daiki under-going serious eye surgery at one point. That case is expected for some time and isn't likely to be dropped as easily as the damage case of Mr Shinji and Mr Satoshi.
Last year we saw controversial former fighter Daiki Kameda (29-5, 18) [亀田 大毅] announce his retirement following a spate of issues with eyes, which could have potentially left him partially blind. Since his retirement Kameda has been enjoying life and has featured in various non-boxing stories in Japan, including a long TV event in which he opened up about his life, his career and who he really is.
Yesterday Daiki announced that he was preparing for the next chapter in his life, as he reported that he was expecting to have a child in August, or rather his partner was set to have a child in August.
Daiki didn't reveal a lot of details other than that he was going to be a father from next month, with the gender of the child and dude date not being reported at all.
We would like to wish the Kameda family all the best with little one, and hope that the birth goes well!
Back in 2013 the Kameda brothers were flying high. They were each world champions, the first time 3 brothers had ever been world champions together. They looked like a force that was going to help dominate Japanese boxing headlines for years to come and were likely to remain stars. Fast forward just 2 years however and it seems that their supposed boxing dynasty is over.
The latest story in the Kameda line is the sudden retirement of Daiki Kameda (29-5, 18) who issues his retirement statement earlier today stating that he was retiring due to a detached left retina.
The retina had become detached in Mexico last June and although he did receive surgery to repair it it was damaged again in his most recent bout, a shock loss to Victor Ruiz in the USA. Rather than further damage Daiki has decided to make the decision to retire from the sport.
The announcement of his retire comes just weeks after older brother, Koki Kameda, announced his retirement in the wake of his loss to Kohei Kono. As a result we're left with just a single brother remaining in action, Tomoki Kameda who has lost his last 2 bouts.
From what we understand Daiki is expected to spend time with his family before deciding what to do next with his time. It seems however that he has retired happily from the sport, and seemed to suggest that on reflection he was happy that he lost to Ruiz rather than continued with the risk of losing the sight in his eye.
Although this is the end of Daiki's career it's certainly fair to say that he's had a very eventful career in the sport. That's included world title reigns at Flyweight and Super Flyweight, an infamous battle with Daisuke Naito and a controversial bout with Liborio Solis, that was essentially the start of the Kameda down fall which has since been followed with all 3 brothers losing.
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