On May 19th Japanese boxing will celebrate it's 5th annual "Boxing Day" event with a special ceremony to thank fans.
The event celebrates boxing and coincides with the anniversary of Yoshi Shirai becoming the first ever Japanese world champion back in 1952.
The special event has had some of the biggest names in Japan sign up for various activities including public sparring, public training, talks from top fighters about the future and various other interactive events.
From the details we've received the following have been confirmed:
Naoya Inoue Vs Akira Yaegashi (Public sparring)
Hidenori Otake Vs Satoshi Hosono (Public Sparring)
Ryosuke Iwasa Vs Shingo Wake (Pubic sparring)
Kohei Kono and Takashi Miura (Mitt sessions from both)
Yoshihiro Kamegai, Kyotaro Fujimoro, Keita Obara and Tomomi Takano will all speak about their future and what they wish to achieve in the boxing world whilst Shinsuke Yamanaka, Takashi Uchiyama, Naoko Fujioka and Takuma Inoue will also be at the event, though we're unsure what they will be doing, with all of them being linked to a talk of some kind.
The event will also feature an auction and a special ceremony for Iwao Hakamada.
With all the big names involved we'd have to describe the tickets, which are priced at 2,000yen and 5,000yen, as a bargain. To put the prices in to £ they are between £11.60 and £29.93, in $ they work out at being between $19.51 and $48.80.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp and it features Naoya Inoue, Naoko Fujioka, Akira Yaegashi, Shinsuke Yamanaka and Takashi Uchiyama)
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