• Kyodo


Former WBA flyweight and ex-IBF super flyweight champion Daiki Kameda on Thursday described his boxing career as “the best” after deciding to retire because of an eye injury.

Kameda, the second eldest of the three Kameda boxing brothers, has decided to step down from the ring once and for all due to a detached retina in his left eye.

“It would have been tough to carry on with only (clear vision in) one eye. (But) I have had the best boxing career,” Kameda told reporters at Narita airport after arriving home from the United States, where he had been staying for his wedding ceremony.

“People said I would never be a world champion. I never expected I would be a world champion twice. Now I want to travel the world with my wife and hopefully find a new dream.”

Kameda had surgery on the eye after the problem was detected in June last year. In September, he lost on a decision in a non-title eight-rounder against Mexican Victor Luiz in his first fight since the end of 2013. His vision dropped to 0.1

“It was frightening to get in the ring,” said Kameda.

Osaka-born Kameda made his professional debut in 2006.

In 2007, his boxing license was suspended by the Japan Boxing Commission for one year due to professional misconduct. Kameda was punished for resorting to elbowing and other underhand tactics during his defeat to WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito.

In 2014, the JBC banned the three Kameda brothers — Koki, 28, is eldest and Tomoki, 24, the youngest — from boxing in Japan as punishment for the manner in which Daiki, 26, retained his IBF super flyweight title in December 2013.

Daiki lost the 2013 unification title bout against Liborio Solis. However, the International Boxing Federation had said prior to the fight that the IBF title would become vacant in the event of a Solis victory, but afterward declared Daiki the IBF champ because Solis fought and won over the weight limit.

That led to a JBC investigation about why the Kameda camp knew beforehand that their man would retain his IBF title, win, lose or draw, but fought without informing the JBC about the situation. Later, in a letter to the JBC, the IBF accepted full responsibility for the mix-up.

Koki announced his retirement after missing out on becoming the first Japanese fighter to win world titles in four different weight divisions with a defeat to compatriot and champion Kohei Kono in their WBA super flyweight title bout in Chicago last month. Tomoki continues to box and trains mainly in the United States.

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