The event was held in a near empty arena and featured a full ceremony with with various significant figures from through the boxing scene. That included Mr Watanabe and Fighting Harada who greeted fans as they entered "The Hall" and wished them well.
At the moment the first show is taking place and the bouts are ongoing though it's clear that those involved in the East Japan Boxing Association are looking towards the coming year being something very big and special for the nations boxing scene.
Although the year is set to be a slow starter, something that was clear given the fireworks we ended 2016 with, it does look like things will pick up with a huge number of announces set to be made over the coming weeks, and the schedule filling up recently with the announcements of the Strongest Korakuen bouts.
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