Earlier today the Japan Boxing Commission announced that there was 8 more individuals to who had shown a positive result on a PCR test, showing they had the coronavirus. The 8 haven't been identified, due to privy rules in Japan, but there have been some details released.
The tests took placed between August 27th and August 31st, and from the 8 individuals 5 are professional fighters and 3 were trainers.
From the fighters all 5 were asymptomatic. They have been told to wait and isolate, with 4 waiting at home and one staying in a hotel.
As for the trainers two have been hospitalised, one in the 30's and one in their 70's. The other trainer is resting at home.
The gym, which hasn't been named, is now closed and waiting for further instruction from the public health center.
We want to wish all 8 individuals a swift recovery.
Earlier today the Japan Boxing Commission announced that there had been a new positive test of a fighter.
The details, as with all the other cases involving boxers in Japan, have been kept rather limited. What has been revealed is that the fighter in question is said to be a male teenage fighter from a gym in Nagoya.
The youngster is showing symptoms of a fever, and reportedly a headache, and is waiting at home. The gym they train at is now closed, and they are awaiting instructions from the public health center as to what they need to do next.
Boxing in Japan has seen gyms affected in Aichi, Osaka, Okinawa and now Nagoya. Although the spread has been relatively limited within Japanese boxing, the recent cases in Osaka, Okinawa and Nagoya are a worry. We suspect we'll be hearing about a lot more a cases among boxers in the country over the coming weeks as cases in the country have been growing rapidly since the start of July. There is a big worry that we could see new restrictions brought into the country in the future.
Earlier today the Japan Boxing Commission announced that a trainee at a gym in Okinawa has now tested positive in regards to the "on going global situation".
Details regarding the individual are, as with other cases, being kept to a minimum, though it has been noted that the trainee is a male teenager and they are not currently a professional fighter. They are, however, a member of a gym that belongs to the Japan Professional Boxing Association, suggesting the gym does have professional fighters training there.
The individual is suffering from a mild fever and is expected to have treatment at home.
The trainee was at the gym on July 28th, before developing a fever later in the day, which worsened the following day. A test was performed on July 30th with a positive coming back on August 1st.
Sadly this follows a cluster of cases in Osaka, and prior cases in Aichi, as the reality of boxing in this current climate continues to be questioned.
This also shows the issues currently affecting Okinawa, where there has been a spike in cases linked, in part, to US troops in the area. On Friday last week there was 395 cases in Okinawa, with 248 of them being US military personnel.
Just over 10 days ago we reported that we would see Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (9-1, 4) [佐川遼] defending his title against 2018 Rookie of the Year winner Yuri Takemoto (8-1-1, 4) [竹本雄利], with tickets for the bouts being on sale through Pia.
Now we can confirm that that bout has officially been announced, for August 13th, and that the number of tickets available has been confirmed. What has also been confirmed is that the event will be the first fan attend boxing show in Tokyo.
Although fans have been in some boxing events in Japan already they have been a long way from the capital, with a small fan attended show in Okinawa and one in Aichi. This however will be the first in the capital, and will have just 700 fans in attendance, just a fraction of what the venue can hold.
For those unable to make it to the venue the bout is now confirmed to be the headlined contest of a Diamond Glove show, meaning it will be aired, on delay, on Fuji TV.
Sadly for those wanting to see Sagawa defending against Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太], like we were, that's now provisionally pushed back to 2021. Say that though it may still fall off the radar if one of the two men chooses to take a different path, for example if Sagawa gets a world title fight.
Whilst it's a huge shame that we aren't going to be getting Sagawa Vs Maruta in 2020 it's great too see fans returning to Tokyo, and hopefully this will open the door to more fan attended events in the "Holy Land" of Japanese boxing.
Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a cluster of cases related to the current "on going global situation". Originally there was 5 positive cases a couple of weeks ago, but that number quickly grew to 9, then 11.
Now there has been a further update and we have now been informed that there have 16 cases related to this ever growing cluster.
This time things are more worrying than they have been. The first 11 cases were all in a single gym, though it was expected that that would change as the manager of the first gym and one of the fighters there had gone to another gym for a sparring session.
From 5 new cases 4 of them are associated directly to the gym that had the first 11 cases, bringing their total up to 15.
The new cases at that gym are 3 professional fighters and a manager. They are currently being isolated, without symptoms, at a hotel.
In total from that gym there have been the owner, trainers, amateurs and professional all affected.
Sadly the worrying thing here is that 1 case not from the gym. That is a professional from another gym, who visited the affected gym. That fighter is said to be a professional fighter in their 20's.
It should be noted that cases are expected to climb further relating to this cluster and those isolating and recovering shouldn't be regarded as the only cases.
We really hope this gets under-control sooner rather than later, though given that fighters from two gyms have now been affected we may be set for an explosion in boxing related cases over the coming weeks.
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