With all the fuss on New Year's Eve we sadly missed a story from Korea which, looking back on things, would have put a downer on the day.
That was news from KBM that they had cancelled their annual "Battle Royal" tournament, explaining that due to Covid19 they had no choice but to cancel "Battle Royal 4" and that completing the tournament was essentially impossible.
As a result when boxing is back up and running in Korea KBM will prioritise fights involving the men who were supposed to compete in the quarter finals of the tournament. Those fighters will, however, need to wait until Covid19 is back under complete control in South Korea and boxing is allowed to take place in the country.
Given the ups and downs of Korean boxing in recent years this is certainly another negative, however it does seem like the KBM are planning big things for as soon as things improve in the country, and fingers crossed by the end of 2021 we see Korean fighters in the ring on a regular basis.
On November 29th we were expecting to see the next set of bouts from the BoxingM Battle Royal series, which were going to be a set of quarter finals bouts as the tournament continues it's slow, and much belated, move towards the competition's final.
Sadly however earlier this week BoxingM announced the show had been postponed due to Covid19.
The announcement came on November 23rd, which also BoxingM announce that the protests set for November 25th were cancelled.
At the moment there is no set date for when things will be taking place, though the hope is that it will be a temporary postponement, and not something that lasts too long. There is, however, a fear that it could end up being a prolonged one, and potentially even derails the KBM's new streaming service, which was launched this month with this show set to be the second on made available on the service.
The statement from BoxingM states that these events were cancelled due to local government recommendations in the region. With that in mind it's likely these events will not be going ahead until the local authorities feel that events like these are completely safe in the region. That is unless, BoxingM decide to try holding them in some other region of Korea, though that seems unlikely, for now.
Earlier today Korea BoxingM (KBM) announced the details of their fourth Battle Royal tournament.
This year fighters will be accepted into all 17 weight classes, a big increase from the last few years where they've actually been reducing the weight classes used. The first tournament was in 8 divisions, that dropped to 7 for Battle Royal 2 and then down to 5 last year.
The reason for the change appears to be the number of applicants and this allowed KBM to be flexible in their approach, merging divisions if they lack enough fighters, or using alternative weight classes if a division has too many fighters.
The hope is to have 16 fighters in each division, with the tournament set to begin on March 28th with the round of 16. The winners of that will return on May 16th in the quarter final, before the semi finals on July 11th and then the finals, which are scheduled for September 5th.
The tournament will see all bouts scheduled for 4 rounds except the finals, which will be 6 rounds. The the different stages will also come with different financial rewards.
As with all tournaments like this there are specific criteria for entrants. These include things like age restrictions, with the competition being open only to those between 16 and 42, with those over 37 needing doctors certificates of health. Fighters who have been top amateurs aren't allowed to enter and neither are those who have participated in a previous Battle Royal tournament.
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