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Boxer Koki Kameda joining United Gym


With his own gym under sanctions from the Japan Boxing Commission, 27-year-old former world champion Koki Kameda announced Friday he will move to another gym.

Kameda had been unable to fight in Japan since the JBC has refused to renew the licenses of those who run Kameda Gym over the irregular circumstances last December in which his younger brother Daiki retained his IBF world title. Koki, who has won three different world titles, said he will move to United Gym.

Koki, who vacated his WBA bantamweight crown in December, has been seeking to fight WBA super flyweight champ Kohei Kono. Kameda began looking into moving to a new gym in June after Kameda Gym’s application to have veteran coach Shigeyuki Otake named its new chairman was rejected.

The JBC intends to conduct a rigorous review of Koki’s planned move before deciding to permit it or not.