With 2014 about to end we thought it was time to say a few things to you folk, the folk who have kindly given us your time over the last year or so, the people who have shared our articles, followed us on twitter, sent us information, read what we've done, asked us to contribute to your articles and websites and generally helped make us feel more included in the global boxing family.
When we started this site less than 2 years ago we never expected anything like the attention we've managed to receive. We were told that the site was so “niche” that nobody would care, we were given the impression that we didn't have a clear target audience and we were told that we would need to completely rethink what we were doing. With that said we need to admit we did think about canning this project, particularly when we getting single digit daily hits 4 months after the site was set up
Since then however things have changed massively. Hits have, obviously, improved, our twitter fan base has grown quicker than we had ever hoped, we know there is a core reader base who check us out daily (thank you!) and we know we've been strangely popular with other sites, and writers we consider to be important figures in the sport.
Of course our success is thanks to you wonderful people. With out you we would have walked.
As well as you, the readers, we've also got to thank the fighters. Not just the ones we've managed to talk to such as Charlie Ota and Ben Watanabe, but all of them. They are the ones this site is really about and they are the ones this site was set us to try and help give a new audience to. We'll not act like we were the first western site to mention Naoya Inoue or Shinsuke Yamanaka though we were amongst the first to mention Kosei Tanaka, Hikaru Marugame, Takuma Inoue, Ken Shiro and numerous other young fighters who are set to make their mark on the sport over the coming years.
With out the fighters there would be no boxing, there would be nothing to report, there would be nothing to do here. With that in mind we want to give a massive thank you to every man or woman who sets foot in that ring.
Whilst we have tried to make fight fans more aware of what goes on in the various parts of Asia we'll admit we have fallen short in some areas that we'd have liked to have made an impact. We haven't managed to get the western boxing media, or rather their biggest figures, to really give any time to the fighters we've covered.
This was seen recently when Dan Rafael failed to mention a single Asian prospect in his “Prospect of the Year”, likewise he failed to mention a single fight from Asia in his Fight of the Year, though he did include some fighters from the West where an Asian was involved, and he also failed to mention a Round of the Year contender that took place in Asia. He did however mention 2 KO of the Year contenders that were from Macau, including one of our favourites.
It wasn't however just Dan Rafael that we failed but several other significant figures also seemed to have missed out on what Asia is offering. For example the BWAA who made their nominations for their awards weeks before the end of the year, thus ruling out Naoya Inoue from the Fighter of the Year award ahead of his out standing win over Omar Andres Narvaez. The BWAA also missed out on Shingo Inoue in their Trainer of the Year nominations and Iwao Hakamada in their Bill Crawford Award nominations for over-coming adversity.
Whilst we've said thank you to a lot of people, we want to say sorry to Dan Rafael, the BWAA and all those who have missed out on some of the best fights and fighters in 2014. We hope you won't make the same over-sights in 2015.
If you've taken the time to read this, again, thank you. It really does mean a lot and the messages we received on twitter earlier were very humbling. To all of you have a great new year, we'll see you again in 2015!
Scott, Taka and the Asian boxing team.