Former two weight world title holder Daiki Kameda 29-4 (18KO) has stated late on Wednesday evening his intentions to vacate the IBF Super Flyweight title after claiming that he has issues making the 115lbs weight limit.
"I intend to give up the IBF belt," the 25-year-old fighter told reporters at Tokyo's Narita airport before leaving for a two-month training camp in the Florida, United States.
"There are many strong boxers in Miami. I want to engage in boxing from scratch again."
Kameda lost to Venezuela's Liborio Solis on a split decision in Osaka on December 3, in what would have been a unification title bout. Solis was stripped of his WBA Super Flyweight title the day before after failing to make weight.
An IBF official incorrectly announced on the eve of the fight that Kameda's title would have been left vacant if he lost to Solis.
But an IBF rule says a champion retains his crown regardless of the result of a title bout if his opponent fails to make the weight. Kameda accordingly kept his belt in the storm of confusion, which also left many in his own country confused.
"The reason I lost is that I was weak. I must admit this," said Kameda, whose older and younger brothers Koki and Tomoki are reigning and former world boxing champions.
"I want to become a much stronger boxer. I must apologise to my fans and to the public for causing a big commotion."
Early this year the Japanese Boxing Commission refused to renew the licences for the Kameda gym which saw the gym's chairman, Shinji Yoshii and manager, Satoshi Shima being unable to operate and as result effectively banning the three brothers from fighting in Japan again unless they moved to another gym or unless the gym appoints a new chairman and manager.
The reason for the suspension is believed to be a direct result of the IBF ruling to keep Daiki Kameda as their champion, now that he has vacated the title it remains to be seen whether the JBC will reinstate the licences of Shima and Yoshii.