Kyoei Gym wins bid for Kameda-Sakata bout

NEW YORK (Kyodo) Kyoei Boxing Gym has won the purse bid for the WBA flyweight title match between champion Daiki Kameda and Takefumi Sakata, the World Boxing Association said on its official Web site on Monday.

Kyoei won the bid, which took place at Wynn Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with an offer of $315,000. Under WBA rules, the champion will receive 75 percent of the purse and the challenger 25 percent. The bout will take place on July 24, 25 or 31.

The WBA said Kameda would have to face Sakata in a mandatory title match after he wrested the crown from Denkaosen Kaowichit of Thailand in February.

However, the Kameda camp refused the match because it is currently embroiled in a civil suit with Kyoei Boxing, its former employer and the current gym of Sakata, over fight money.

Kameda Boxing Gym has ceased all activities since Shiro Kameda, Daiki’s father, had his boxing license stripped as punishment for verbally abusing WBC officials after his other son, Koki, failed in an attempt to unify the WBC flyweight crown.