Earlier today on social media Dangan boxing announced that they were cancelling shows scheduled for May 16th and May 17th at the Sumida City Gymnasium.
Unsurprisingly the reason both shows were cancelled relates to the ongoing global issue.
At the moment it's unclear what will happen with the majority of the bouts set for the two shows, which included a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout between Kenta Nakagawa (18-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] takes on Yuta Matsuo (15-4-2, 8) [松尾雄太], which was set for May 16th, and the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament final, between Shingo Kusano (13-8-1, 5) [草野慎悟] and Daisuke Watanabe (10-4-2, 6) [渡部大介], which was to take place a day late. It's expected both bouts will be postponed, but it's very unclear when they will take place.
Although the current suspension on boxing in Japan didn't directly affect the two shows the regulations being put on gyms for hosting shows would have effected both events, which were meant to be held as part of a boxing festival, as opposed to just a plan boxing show.
As with, we suspect everyone else, we hope the issue taking over global news come to an end sooner rather than later. It obviously effects more than just boxing, and we really hope everyone reading this is staying as safe as they can through these trying and tough times.
It's feeling like the only news we get to cover at the moment is due to on going pandemic, and that's the case again today.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association made a request to the gyms in East Japan to close their doors this weekend, to help control the spread of the virus in the Tokyo metropolitan areas.
For those wondering this will cover most of the bigger name gyms, including the likes of Teiken, Kadoebi, Ohashi, Misako and Watanabe.
Although it's unclear if West Japan will follow suit it does seem quite likely that we will see similar things brought in across Japan if necessary.
This has seemingly been brought along by government advice, with various prefectures urging that citizens don't travel this weekend.
At the moment the April 5th East Japanese Rookie of the Year event is still going ahead, with a West Japan Rookie of the Year card also on the docket for later in April with a stages return to action scheduled for May. Though of course with the current situation being an ever changing one, things may change with very little notice.
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.
Earlier this week we happily reported that the A-Sign YouTube channel would be live streaming the East Japan Rookie of the Year show on 5th show from Korakuen Hall, showing the 16 fights on the card. Yesterday we saw the West Japan answer to that with their own Rookie of the Year card now set for April.
The West Japan Rookie of the Year card will, like the April 5th show, be a show behind closed doors and will take place on April 26th at the Green Tsuda Gym, rather than at a more notable venue.
The reason the gym was picked was due to the track record of the gym, the ability to have electrolyzed water, it's size and the general anti-virus policies of the company.
Notably the bout order is expected to be changed from the usual Rookie running order, of going up the weight classes as the show goes on. Instead the schedule will be run in an order to make things easier on the fighters and gym members, so expect a full gym's participants to fight, then another gyms.
Interestingly there are 17 bouts set for this show, with a 8 fight part an a 9 fight part. At the time of writing it has yet to be confirmed if this will be streamed, though the hope is likely that it will be shown, some how.
Of course other than the two Rookie of the Year shows there won't be any boxing in Japan in April due to coronavirus.
Yesterday unbeaten Japanese fighter Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] returned from the US to Japan.
The talented Nakatani was originally scheduled to face once beaten Filipino Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) in a bout for the WBO Flyweight title bout, on April 4th. Due to a Japanese suspension of the sport that bout is now indefinitely postponed.
Nakatani mentioned that the move back to Japan was in response to the increase of coronavirus in the US, which means he has had cancel sparring with Luis Nery, of all people.
The unbeaten fighter from the MT Gym has said that he the practicing went well, and that he will resume training back in Japan from today, rather than taking time out of gym to relax.
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