Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association held a general meeting in Tokyo, where they officially announced former world champion Shoji "Celes" Kobayashi, as the new chairman of the the Association.
Kobayashi, who will begin his 3 year term on April 1st, was ear marked for the role earlier this year, and ran unopposed, with current chairman Susumu Hanagata announcing he wouldn't run for a second term and essentially stating that Kobayashi was his choice as a successor.
Hanagata appears likely to act as a mentor for Kobayashi and there is several aims for Kobayashi in his new role, they are:
1-More training for kids
2-Expanding the the sport, and enhancing 4 and 6 round bouts
3-Co-operating with the Japan Boxing Federation, who control amateur boxing in Japan, to better promote boxing as an Olympic sport
4-Building better relations with the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC).
How successful Kobayashi will be is yet to be seen, but it's great to see aims that help to promote the future of the sport, and to build on both the professional and amateur sides of boxing
Earlier today it was announced that 75 year old former world champion Susumu Hanagata would be stepping down as the president of the East Japan Boxing Association at the end of his first team, rather than running for a second term, revealing that his age was a concern and that he wanted to leave the role to a younger man.
Interestingly he also named his preferred successor to the role as fellow former world champion Shoji "Celes" Kobayashi, the current head of the Celes Kobayashi Boxing gym and a very popular figure within Japanese boxing circles.
At the time of writing Kobayashi is the only man in the running for the role, though other could join him up to the deadline of February 17th. If no one else is put forward he will be confirmed as the new chairman on February 25th. If however someone does run against him, there will be a vote by the 125 members of the Association, to decide who takes over from Hanagata.
From what we understand Kobayashi is likely to run unopposed.
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