Thankfully things have changed a little bit, with some much needed attention on the sport and a number of people involved in it that actually want to change things, including former fighter Chris John.
Later this week we will see the start of a new boxing series in Indonesia headed by the former WBA Featherweight champion. The competition will feature 32 fighters in a knockout competition, which will have some of the later match ups televised on Indonesian TV.
The details of the series are quite scarce, though it's clear that John will be the figure head of the show and is also the promoter of the whole thing, using his fame to try and build up the profile of the competition.
From what we under-stand the competition kicks off later today and will finish in September as a televised .
The fighters have been given 50% of their purses up front and will be paid the rest following their bouts. Sadly however the fighters are set to get less than $200 in total, however the money will be an incentive for the fighters who could potentially earn a month's average salary in the country. It might not seem a lot but to some of the fighters it's a longer term plan, using the competition to not just get paid but to also catch the eye of a promoter who could potentially open doors for them down the line and get them fights after the competiton.