Reports coming out of Japan this morning are that we are about to see the Kameda Gym take it's first step towards being re-licensed by the JBC. What we believe is either about to happen, or has just happened, is that former Kyoei Gym trainer Shigeyuki Otake, himself a former fighter has agreed to be the new chairman of the Kameda Gym.
Whilst this is a huge step towards the Kameda's and the JBC rectifying the issues they have with each other it doesn't guarantee a new license for the gym. Before the JBC will allow the Gym to continue they will also have to hire a new president and both the Chairman and President will need to be accepted by the JBC.
In the case of Mr Otake we don't imagine the JBC will have any problems with him and will likely let the 56 year old take up his position with out any interference.
From what we know about Mr Otake he is a 56 year old who was born in Shirakawa though is now living in Tokyo. It was in Tokyo that he fought 12 times professionally as part of his 14 fight professional career that began in 1977 and ended in 1981. It later turned out that he was a better trainer than a fighter and he won the very highly regarded Eddie Townsend award in 2007 for his work with Takefumi Sakata. The credentials and his history in the sport will likely see the JBC having no issues with him and it may well be just a few weeks before the Kameda Gym is back in action in Japan.
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