Yesterday we reported that boxing was planned to return to Japan on July 12th with a Rookie of the Year card. It now appears, just a day later, that those plans have been scrapped, due to financial issues.
Today Nikkan sports have reported that the show, which was supposed to be promoted by former WBC Bantamweight champion Yasuei Yakushiji, has been cancelled due to the inability for the show to have fans or a TV crew.
Whilst the bulk of the show was supposed to be a Rookie of the Year card it is worth noting that the show was also supposed to feature current WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵], in a non-title bout. The hope was for fans to be in attendance and that the main event would get TV coverage, and, as a result, for the show to be financially viable. With no fans those plans have fallen apart.
In quotes given by Yakushiji to Nikkan sports, the former fighter turned promoter has revealed that "There is no TV relay, it will come out without admission income. I can not pay fight money either". Essentially ending the show all together. He is quotes as saying that plans revolving him and his fighters are "totally blank paper", scrapping previously planned ideas for Mori to fight twice this year before a world title fight in 2021.
It's unclear no what will happen to the Rookie of the Year match ups expected to be on the show, though it's a real shame to see things not looking as sorted as we all assumed after yesterday's meeting betwene the JBC and JPBA.
VIETNAM BOXING LIVE STREAMING ON JUNE 13
HCMC Vietnam May 28, 2020
VSP Boxing gym will be conducting a public workout for many of the Victory 8 fighters and also local talents in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday June 13. The event will be a great opportunity to see top level sparring from boxers who are currently restricted from International travel and need an opportunity for higher echelon ring time.
Vietnam has many professional and amateur stars taking part, foremost being their first Olympian since 1988 - Nguyen Van Duong. WBC Australasia title aspirant Nguyen Van Hai will do 6 rounds, and interestingly, SEA Games silver medallist Nguyen Manh Cuong will also be on display. Cuong placed second at the SEA tournament behind top Philippines prospect Eumer Felix Marcial, a man who has been the subject of big offers to turn professional.
The VSP Boxing gym event will unveil some very promising young HCMC fighters, and will also have the participation of top international boxers from UK, Sweden, Philippines, and Uzbekistan to ensure a very high standard. Olimjon Nazarov (20 wins) and Abdurasul Ismoilov (8 wins) were outstanding at the most recent VSP sparring day, and will compete again with another Uzbek countryman in Ravshanbek Shermatov (5 wins) One really intriguing fighter to watch will be Philippines hard man Adones Cabalquinto, a powerful southpaw who has won 25 of his 28 pro fights. Clever and with heavy hands, he has dispatched 18 of his victims to the canvas in resounding KO victories.
The VSP Boxing "Spar Wars" will start around 2pm Saturday, and can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.
VSP Boxing Gym: https://www.facebook.com/VSPBoxing/
Victory 8 Boxing: https://www.facebook.com/victory8boxing/
We have all been waiting for live boxing to return for weeks, though we all understand why the sport hasn't been taking place on any sort of regular basis. Now it appears that there are events being lined up for the next few months.
It appears that one of those events will be streamed live on the A-Sign boxing YouTube Channel, who had been hoping to stream events back in March but will now need to wait until August to have their live feeds.
Originally the channel, which has provided so amazing fights on delay, was hoping to stream some Rookie of the Year cards as part of the "Save Japanese Boxing" campaign. It's now unclear if they will be able to stream them when they get re-arranged. However the channel are planning to show an event on August 31st from the Shinjuku FACE, which isn't expected to have fans attending.
With no fans attending there is a plan to bring in a tipping system for fans to financially aid the fighters for their bouts.
The event is set to be headlined by the Japanese debut of Shoki Sakai (23-11-2, 12) [坂井 祥記], who has fought his entire career so far in the West. His opponent hasn't yet been named.
Other bouts announced for this show includes a match up between Ken Koubuchi (5-4, 4) [鯉渕 健] and cult hero Takuya Yamaguchi (4-11-2, 2) [山口拓也], as well as a bout between Ryugo Ushijima (3-1-2, 2) [牛島 龍吾] and Ryukyu Oho (6-3, 3) [大保 龍球]. Whilst not amazing bout
Others announced for this show include promising teenager Jin Sasaki (7-0, 6) [佐々木 尽] and 2019 Rookie of the Year winner Hyoga Taniguchi (3-2-2, 1) [谷口 彪賀], who are both currently without an announced opponent.
Earlier today the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA) held their latest zoom meeting in regards to the restart of boxing in Japan. It was at that meeting that w essentially got the date for when boxing will return to the country, and what where.
The show now pencilled in to be the first Japanese show since the end of February will be a Rookie of the Year card on July 12th in in Nagoya City. That card hasn't been fully announced but will see the 2020 edition of Rookie of the Year finally kick off, several months after it as supposed to begin.
The show will not allow fans to attend, though there is a chance the show may be streamed.
At the moment we haven't yet seen a bout bout list for the show, but expect to see one in early to mid June.
Given the competition is late to begin it's now been confirmed that the finals will not be held in December, as we usually see, but February instead, to allow the fighters to prepare for each round of the tournament.
The Rookie of the Year is then expected to be given other shows in late July.
Interestingly there won't be any pro-tests, at least not in their typical form, until September.
Various reports out of Japan have stated that the boxing gyms in the country, which have been closed for weeks now, are going to begin reopening from June 1st.
The gyms were closed as part of a wider spread effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus through Japan, a country that has kept a good grip on things when compared to many other countries. As a result of being closed the gyms were given funds from the Japanese boxing authorities to help cover costs for cancelled events and general running costs. That money however wasn't enough for all the gyms and some did turn to crowd funding to keep up and running.
With the gyms opening on June 1st it will be the first time many fighters will have had the chance to do any real training since they closed, though of course some fighters have been doing general road work and some others do have private facilities they can use.
The announcement that gyms will be allowed to open was made today at the latest meeting between the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA), and it did come with conditions attached.
Whilst gyms are able to have some freedom in regards to the health measures they bring in, they will need to have all staff and fighters fill in a questionnaire and undergo some basic health checks, such as oxygen saturation and temperature checks.
Fighters with bouts set will also need to take part in anti-body tests.
With gyms set to re-open we're about to see a huge step towards boxing in Japan restarting!
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