Earlier today the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA) held a meeting to discuss what the plan is for boxing in Japan in regards to coronavirus.
Amazingly, and somewhat surprisingly, the plan that came out of today's meeting is for sport to resume in Japan in May, with May 2nd pencilled for the next show.
The plan seems to rely on the government not declaring any sort of emergency measures, which if the government do put in place will see the current suspension extended.
The plan is that, even when the sport resumes, there will still be rules in place that promoters need to follow. These including temperature checks as fans come in to the venue, no selling tickets on the day and, from what we understand, only allow fans to sit in alternate seats, to try an limit the effects of coronavirus in the country. As well as prohibiting the sale of standing tickets.
The full terms will be discussed later this month, at a meeting on March 30th.
If things go ahead as planned the first show on resumption will be the May 2nd Dynamic Glove card from Korakuen Hall, headlined by Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] defending against mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] as part of the now very truncated Champion Carnival.
It needs to be noted that at the moment things are still subject to change, and a rapid increase in cases in Japan before May would likely see things changing again, potentially to either no boxing or boxing being fought behind closed doors.
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