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Daiki Kameda retires at 26 due to eye injury

Daiki Kameda was informed by doctors that he should hang up the gloves due to his injured eye, and he's taking their advice and calling it quits as a two weight world champion.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Japan's Daiki Kameda (29-5, 18 KOs) last made an appearance in the ring when he lost a close bout with Victor Ruiz on a September 6th PBC card -- a fight where he dropped Ruiz in the second round. But soon after that fight, doctors informed Kameda that he should leave the sport due to the state of his injured eye. Kameda has ultimately decided to take the medical advice and announces his retirement from the sport at the young age of 26, having already become a two weight world champion.

"It would have been tough to carry on with only one eye, but I have had the best boxing career," Kameda told a gathering of reporters at Narita airport, including The Japan Times, 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.

"It was frightening to get in the ring," he added.

Kameda might soon be joined by older brother Koki, 28, who himself has mentioned that he's considering retirement. If he follows through on that, Tomoki Kameda, 24, would be the last remaining fighter of the three siblings.

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