Earlier today it was announced that the "Boxing Day" event in Japan would take place in 2016, after having been shelved this year.
The event, in the past, has been a fan appreciation event and featured things like open sparring between good fighters, last year for example it saw sparring between Naoya Inoue and stablemate Akira Yaegashi, as well as a spar between Ryosuke Iwasa and Shingo Wake, as well as Q&A sessions and autograph opportunities.
From what we understand the plan is to schedule it for Korakuen Hall on May 19th and the JPBA will announce more details closer to the event. It does seem however that they have opened to doors to more fighters and it's looking likely that they will invite some Filipino fighters to take part as well as Japanese ones.
The announcement came with a promise from the East Japan Boxing Association that they would be making a donation charity to help those effected by Typhoon Etau, which struck Japan recently. Though it's unclear if the "Boxing Day" event will also raise money for those caught up in the latest tragedy to hit Japan.
For those who missed the sparring from the 2014 Boxing Day event we've included videos below The one on the left is Inoue Vs Yaegashi whilst the one on the right is Iwasa Vs Wake.
(Videos courtesy of Gentidori)
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