Earlier today former WBO and Bantamweight and WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅] took to social media to announce that his wife is pregnant with the couple's first child.
Kameda announced he was "pleased to report my wife...has become pregnant with our first child".
The child is said to be due in June, and is going to be a boy.
Kameda and his wife have been married since 2015.
At the moment it's unclear when Kameda will return to the ring. He's still, technically, with out a gym in Japan, but with the current hiatus due to coronavirus that's not really an issue right now, and it appears that whatever talks were on going with Green Tsuda weren't complete, or haven't been completed yet. Hopefully by the summer things will become a bit clearer on that front for the youngest of the 3 fighter Kameda brothers.
Given all the bad news currently going on in the world we felt reporting on a positive story like this was a nice way mix things up, rather than talking about more cancelled events, and also a great time to wish the Kameda couple all the best in the coming months.
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 saw the Kyoei gym close it's doors as a professional boxing gym, with Keiichiro Kanehira handing in the paper work to essentially close down the gym due to issues with the owner. The gym had two fighters who temporarily joined the Hanagata gym, to fight in their Rookie of the Year final bouts, but there was little said about star fighter Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅].
Now however news has broke that Kameda will likely be heading back to Green Tsuda gym, a gym that he fought for earlier in his career.
From what we understand the paper work for the transfer isn't yet complete, but it's seen as a very likely decision with talks between the Gym chairman and the fighter going well. If he does indeed sign back with the Osaka based gym, then his next Japanese bout will be fought as a Green Tsuda fighter.
The gym are said to be set to negotiate complete terms in January with the fighter, who is currently training in the US, and a deal would likely be complete next month, bringing him back to the gym he debuted under.
Under the rules of the JBC Kameda would need to be signed with a Japanese gym to be able to fight for a world title at home, and Green Tsuda have lead 3 fighters to world titles in the past, including Katsunari Takayama.
On Monday the Kyoei gym's former chairman Keiichiro Kanehira handed in the paperwork needed to suspend the gym's professional boxing activity. That decision saw all the gym's active and licensed fighters being left gym-less and, and essentially through in to doubt the All Japan Rookie of the Year final bouts for Kyonosuke Kameda (5-1-1, 4) [亀田京之介], the cousin of Koki Kameda, and Takeshi Takehara (5-0, 1) [竹原毅].
With the Rookie of the Year finals taking place in less than 2 weeks the fighters were clearly going to either have to find a gym quickly, allowing them to remain licensed fighters, or miss out on a huge opportunity to make a name for themselves, and claim the All Japan Rookie of the Year crown.
Today, thankfully, Kameda and Takehara were given solace of sorts as both men jointed the Hanagata Gym on a temporary basis.
The deal for both men will be a 1-fight deal, with discussions to be had after the Rookie of the Year finals as to where their future lies. It seems as if the Hanagata gym are open to extending the deal, but will only offer that olive branch after the Rookie of the Year is completed.
As well as the two fighters 3 trainers have also transferred to the Hanagata gym.
At the moment the status of the gym's other fighters, including former world champion Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅], have yet to be decided.
In regards to Tomoki Kameda it is worth noting that he is free to fight overseas until his Japanese license situation is sorted out, so he is less likely to be directly affected than the smaller names that were at Kyoei and wouldn't be likely to fight overseas.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
This coming weekend we'll see Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] battle against WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (33-0, 22), as they attempt to unify the interim and regular titles.
Yesterday, ahead of that bout, Kameda took part in a media work out and spoke about the contest with Vargas.
The two men, who fought as amateurs with Vargas winning, do know each other somewhat from their days competing on the Mexican amateur scene. At the event yesterday Kameda stated that fighting as professionals was totally different to fighting as amateurs, and stated that he now has the experience to beat Vargas, something he seemingly didn't have when the men fought each other the first time.
He also explained that he was happy to be returning to US soil to fight, and would be showing off his Japanese-Mexican style for the fans in LA
As for the work out it was pretty light and easy, with some shadow boxing for the media.
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