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JBC nixes Kameda Gym license request

Kyodo

The Japan Boxing Commission said Friday it has rejected a fresh request from the Kameda Gym to renew the licenses of its chairman Shinji Yoshii and manager Satoshi Shima.

The JBC had announced in February it would not permit the renewal of the licenses of Yoshii and Shima as punishment for causing the confusion that tarnished Daiki Kameda’s IBF super flyweight title match last December.

Kameda lost his unification title bout against Liborio Solis of Venezuela but still retained the title after Solis failed to make weight.

The IBF had said prior to the bout that both titles would become vacant in the event Solis won, but inexplicably overturned its own rule and declared Kameda the IBF champion despite his defeat.

The ruling sparked a controversy with the JBC, which claimed the Kameda camp was negligent in reporting that its fighter could retain the IBF crown win, lose or draw, although it was aware of this fact in advance.

The JBC’s measure of not permitting the license renewals prevents the three Kameda brothers from fighting in Japan unless the gym appoints a new chairman and manager.