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)
On May 19th Japanese boxing will celebrate it's 5th annual "Boxing Day" event with a special ceremony to thank fans.
The event celebrates boxing and coincides with the anniversary of Yoshi Shirai becoming the first ever Japanese world champion back in 1952.
The special event has had some of the biggest names in Japan sign up for various activities including public sparring, public training, talks from top fighters about the future and various other interactive events.
From the details we've received the following have been confirmed:
Naoya Inoue Vs Akira Yaegashi (Public sparring)
Hidenori Otake Vs Satoshi Hosono (Public Sparring)
Ryosuke Iwasa Vs Shingo Wake (Pubic sparring)
Kohei Kono and Takashi Miura (Mitt sessions from both)
Yoshihiro Kamegai, Kyotaro Fujimoro, Keita Obara and Tomomi Takano will all speak about their future and what they wish to achieve in the boxing world whilst Shinsuke Yamanaka, Takashi Uchiyama, Naoko Fujioka and Takuma Inoue will also be at the event, though we're unsure what they will be doing, with all of them being linked to a talk of some kind.
The event will also feature an auction and a special ceremony for Iwao Hakamada.
With all the big names involved we'd have to describe the tickets, which are priced at 2,000yen and 5,000yen, as a bargain. To put the prices in to £ they are between £11.60 and £29.93, in $ they work out at being between $19.51 and $48.80.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp and it features Naoya Inoue, Naoko Fujioka, Akira Yaegashi, Shinsuke Yamanaka and Takashi Uchiyama)
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