At the end of June we reported that Koki Kameda (32-1, 17) was set to transfer gyms away from the now defunct Kameda Gym/K3 Gym. Earlier today he did just that and signed for UNITED boxing gym as he signalled his clear intention to continue with his boxing career in Japan.
Whilst we had originally speculated that Koki would be signing for Cheyenne Yamamoto Boxing Gym it appears the JBC basically said he wasn't going to be allowed to join someone so small that he could effectively ruin them. In UNITED however Koki has joined a solid gym that may not be as well known as Teiken or Watanabe, for example, but is still pretty significant.
Although not the biggest gym UNITED do have some recognisable fighters, albeit mostly Filipino's. These include Ardin Diale, Ryan Bito, Warlito Parenas, Rene Dacquel and Richard Claveras. It's fair to suggest that Koki will be the biggest name but could do well to join the like of Diale and Bito in sparring to help prepare himself for fights.
At the moment the announcement needs confirming by the JBC who will have to sanction the transfer but that seems very likely given that UNITED won't be bullied by Koki as, perhaps, Cheyenne Yamamoto could have been.
The reason for this transfer and the way that Koki has moved so quickly in the last week or so is that he has been mandated to fight WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (30-8, 13). That fight, for now, can't take place in Japan as Koki can't fight there with out being a member of an active gym so the transfer to another gym was needed, especially considering that a date for the fight could end up being in August.
We're expecting the JBC to ratify the transfer in the coming days and an announcement regarding the Koki Kameda/Kohei Kono fight will likely be made following the JBC accepting the transfer. Unfortunately for Koki however the assumption is that Watanabe Gym will use their financial power to promote the fight taking away the usual "promotional advantages" that Kameda has enjoyed for much of his career.
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