When Liborio Solis failed to make the Super Flyweight limit for his bout with Daiki Kameda he'll have expected to die quietly. Instead the whole situation has been the biggest news in Japanese boxing for the past 2 months and sadly it's gotten rather messy.
The first news we got was the most obvious. The Kameda gym weren't going to get their licenses renewed. That didn't shock us at all and was almost expected.
News then followed that the Chairman and Manager of the gym had also not had their licenses renewed. Again no shock their, despite the fact the brothers had opened a new physical gym in January where they were practicing.
The latest news, and the messiest, is that the lawyers, including Haruo Kitamura who is pictured, are going to take the case above the JBC's head and take it to the Japanese courts. They are effectively fighting the case and have even mentioned the word "libel" and saying they had "no choice but to go to court" over the decision.
It appears that the Kameda gym feel the JBC didn't read the IBF rules and correspondence given to them which do state that if a challenger fails to make weight for an IBF title fight, then the champion retains the title as the challenger is disqualified from winning the title. In fact the whole legal case of the Kameda camp seems to be about various false claims made by the JBC and the way the decision to dispose of the gym has been made.
It seems that the Kameda's aren't going to go down easily. If they win in court they embarrass the JBC, if they lose they drag the situation out and make it difficult for the JBC to do what they do, run boxing in Japan.
Another story suggest the brothers themselves are to be sued by staff from the JBC for "emotional distress". This story quotes that both Koki and Daiki would be plaintiffs for a suit seeking 10million yen from the two fighters.
The one thing that seems sure from what we're reading is that the Kameda's and the JBC will be in court, though it's going to be interesting as to who wins the two cases.
And there is yet another additional story being reported that the JBC will "erase" Daiki from the roster of world champions. Although th eIBF haven't said anything about it, it would seem that Daiki would effectively be the IBF world champion everywhere else but Japan. It seems that if the Kameda's won't play ball then the JBC won't make their life easy.
What this particular decision would do mean is that Daiki wouldn't be able to defend his IBF title even if he did transfer gyms. Unfortunately this would mean his proposed title defense against mandatory challenger Zolani Tete would have to take place outside of Japan. Interestingly this could see Daiki v Tete and Tomoki v Pungluang Sor Singyu both on foreign shows in mandatory title fights. Would certainly be interesting if they both ended up on an American card later this year. Of course though both men will be hoping their legal appeal works and they get re-instated sooner rather than later.
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