Camaraderie is great for morale and it seems that Teiru Kinoshita's (19-0-1, 3) employers know this as they have been trying to help him get up for the biggest fight of his life.
Kinoshita, who recently became a full time boxer, will be fighting for the IBF Super Flyweight title on July 18th when he meets South Africa's Zolani Tete (18-3, 16). Rather peculiarly he'll be having that fight at the Portopia Hotel in Kobe, the place where Kinoshita has worked as a floor manager.
As a support for the fighter the hotel has launched a special menu, dubbed the "Teiru Support Menu", which will be running until the end of June. It appears however that the hotel are trying more than just that to encourage Kinoshita to win.
The Japanese fighter has been promised the chance to become the assistant manager of the hotel if he wins, however he has also been told that if he loses he'll be punished by being forced to become a dishwasher for the hotel.
Whilst we don't think either of those statements are to be taken seriously it's nice to see that hotel are behind him and doing what they can to help their get behind their man.
The fight will be aired on Sky A Sports + live from the hotel and we hope the fans will give Kinoshita the same level of support as the hotel giving him. We, and it seems everyone else, know it's a very tough fight but it could be the fight that puts the talented Japanese fighter on the map in terms of world boxing, a great achievement for someone who wasn't even a full time fighter until just a few weeks ago.
For those interested in looking at the hotel, or even booking a stay there, their English language website is http://www.portopia.co.jp/en/ whilst the Japanese website is http://www.portopia.co.jp/.
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