The cost of being a boxing fan has become a talking point in the last few years, especially in the west where fans have really began to take umbrage with the way they are being treat. This has been mentioned a lot recently after the recent announcement of Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sports charging £16.95 for a card on Sky Box Office asking customers who are already forking out for a Sky Sports subscription to pay even more to follow their sport. Of course Hearn has also began his own subscription based service known as "Fight Pass" which will cost fans a further £29.95 for a years subscription. To some hardcore British fans they have began to feel like they are being taken for a ride.
With that said there is some common sense and decency towards fans who follow this great sport and that was seen recently when Japanese wunderkind Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) posted the prices of the upcoming December 30th show from Tokyo. The show, which is genuinely a super show, will feature 3 world titles bouts with the Japanese youngster in the main event against Omar Andres Narvaez (43-1-2, 23) in a WBO Super Flyweight title fight, a WBC Light Flyweight title fight between Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10) and once beaten Mexican Pedro Guervara (23-1-1, 15) and a WBC Lightweight title fight between Jorge Linares (37-3, 24) and Javier Preito (24-7-2, 18).
As well as the world title bouts it will also feature 3 of the most promising prospects in Japanese, headed by Olympic champion Ryota Murata (5-0, 4) who will be fighting against American visitor Jessie Nicklow (24-4-3, 8), super prospect Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1) against former world title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaes (20-2-2, 9) and the highly touted Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10) against a yet to be announced opponent.
The tickets prices were announced as followed:
Grade A-¥50,000 (Around $433/£275)
Grade B-¥30,000 ($261/£165)
Grade C-¥20,000 ($173/£110)
Grade A-¥20,000 ($173/£110)
Grade B-¥10,000 ($86.5/£55)
Grade C-¥5,000 ($43/£27.50)
We'll admit the most expensive tickets are pricey though going back to the upcoming Matchroom show their most expensive tickets are the £300 VIP tickets which are almost 10% more expensive than the most expensive tickets here. The second tier tickets for the Matchroom show are £150 with the next tier down being £100, for both of those Matchroom have actually been cheaper. However Matchroom's cheapest tickets are £40 and £60 both more expensive that the cheaper offerings from Ohashi, in fact the cheapest tickets for the Ohashi show are more than 33% cheaper than the cheapest Matchroom tickets.
Not only are the cheapest tickets here very nicely priced, in fact they are only slightly more expensive that Matchroom's show this coming weekend in Ireland, but the show will be televised for free on Fuji TV. There is no subscription charge, there is no PPV cost, there is no cost to watch this show from the comfort of your own home.
We'll openly state we are huge fans of Ohashi and their big shows have, over the last year or two, been fantastic. They really should be the promotional outfit that other promoters base themselves on with good and risky matchmaking, solid pricing and the desire to give fans the matches they want whilst also giving fans a chance to watch the best fighters for free. Other promoters should take note of this rising Japanese force.
(All prices, when exchanged, have been to within 1 currency unit at the time of writing. Exchange rate may vary between now and December 30th, ticket inquirers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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