Recently I probably pissed off some followers, especially British ones, with my recent retweets towards the #RevokeArticle50Now petition. I was asked by one American whether we were Asian boxing or Asian Boxing Politics, thank's John. What we are is are is about globalism, something that many aren't.
If you're reading this now you're reading an Englishman, writing for an a boxing website where we take regular contributions from from people from Britain, Greece and the Philippines. We get paid thanks to readers all over the globe.
I'm currently using a a German laptop, drinking Polish beer and listening to an Australian-British band. It's rare I go into my personal life, but here we are.
We are, as much as this will piss people off, effected by politics. Since "Brexit" our advertising revenue from the UK has dropped by more than 50% (from £0.99 to £0.49 RPM), as a result we are, financially inclined to revoking Article 50. We aren't political in this opinion, but business orientated. Imagine someone took 17% of your pay for the last 2 years. That's what the whole Brexit thing appears to have done to us.
So this leads us to a few interesting points.
Are we political? Yes. We put the survival of this site first. If someone that can harm us comes up, we will do out best to campaign against it. Again we don't have big money sponsors, we don't ask our readers to pay, and we are often looking to provide free options to our readers. In the entire time this site has been running we have NEVER asked for payments, we have NEVER taken anything we do and made it a pay option, and we NEVER want to.
We do however need to be funded and losing a good chunk of our revenue due to political decisions can sting. And lets not act like we're in our own bubble here. Sports an politics do mix, they always will and they really should. I know I'll annoy people by saying that but it's true.
From Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Antonio Inoki, Imran Khan, Manny Pacquiao, Alexis Arguello and so many others we've seen sports people being involved in politics. These are people who were standard bearers for their countries, they were hero from their sporting accomplishments playing a part in the political process, and helping force changes. They are are the true hero.
For us sport is a platform as much as anything. Yes we are boxing fans, much like we are ACDC and L'arc En Ciel fans, or fans of the James Bond movies, hey don't judge us on that one!, but all those platforms give people a chance to be political.
We're not trying to rub people up the wrong way, we understand that Brexit has some great potential (shame Theresa May has got a deal that is embarrassingly bad), but at the end of the day it has cost us, and we can come out and suggest it's a bad idea for us. We are fans of globalism, we are fans of boxing, we are vocal about spreading Asian boxing across the globe, and we will never give up trying to expand the name and attention the top Asian fighters get in the west.
If you don't agree that's fine, we're about as inclusive as we can be, but if you question us about globalism, maybe query why you're on a site designed to increase the global exposure of fighters from Asian.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).