Earlier today the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Japan Profession Boxing Association (JPBA) mat in another of their regular meeting to discuss getting boxing back up and running in Japan. The meetings, which have been a key driving force behind bringing the sport back in the on going global situation, have been great indicators of how well planning for the sport has been and today they took another step forward.
The plan now is to not just have an anti-body test available, but for PCR testing to be introduced in the near future, likely in time for them to be done for the July 25th card in Kobe.
The latest news is that chief seconds will also be given tests and that media at events will be very limited, with no photographers on the ring apron.
Another big change is the fact that boxing will be actively promoting the use of contact apps, to help limit the spread, and bring in anti-gen testing.
Whilst it appears that some countries has rushed sports back, credit needs to be given to the openness of these meetings. It has kept fans and media in Japan in the loop, had a clear target and been fairly transparent. It would now be good for other countries to follow something similar.
Boxing in Japan is big business, maybe not as big as it once was but still big, and the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Japan Profession Boxing Association (JPBA) have been having regular meetings to get the sport back up and in running in the country following the on going global situation.
Today they held their latest meeting and it appears that the full guidelines have now been agreed upon ahead of the first show back, which will take place on July 12th in Kariya, with no fans present. The hope is to then stage an event in Tokyo on July 16th, Okinawa on June 19th, back to Tokyo for June 22nd with the first Kobe show pencilled in for July 25th and a card in Kariya on the 26th.
The hope is to have limited fans at the Okinawa card, on the 25th and the second Kariya card, on the 26th, with the other shows to be fan-less. They are planning to have fans allowed in for shows on a regular basis, albeit in limited numbers from August.
Among the new guidelines now state that a fighter must take an antigen test 3 weeks before a fight and on the day before the fight, as well as staying in a bubble-like environment at a hotel after the weighing. There will also be new controls at weigh ins to keep fighters apart and even rules regarding training have been put into the guidelines.
There had been talk of having an on-site ambulance at all events, but that has now been removed from the guidelines
The full guidelines were sent to the Sports Agency who will check them and then are expected to pass the them and give the green light to boxing's return in July
The latest coronavirus countermeasures liaison meeting between the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the Japan Boxing Association (JPBA) saw the latest steps being taken towards the restart of boxing in Japan.
It's now been stated that fighters will be quarantined in a hotel from the day of the weigh in to the fight, and that all visitors, meals, and transportation will be strictly controlled. Along with the fighters the referees will also need to under-go antibody tests weeks before they are set to be in action, and twice the day before a bout.
The tests will begin on June 20th, for the Central Japan Rookie of the Year show on July 12th, the first show back for Japanese boxing.
The expectation is that fighters involved in world title bouts will have more strict controls put on their movements and that they may end up needing to be quarantined for a week ahead of a world title fight. It is however assumed that the 4 world title bodies will have set their own guidelines, and the JBC and JPBA won't need to set the bar for the world level fighters, like they have for domestic level fighters.
Yesterday we reported that boxing was planned to return to Japan on July 12th with a Rookie of the Year card. It now appears, just a day later, that those plans have been scrapped, due to financial issues.
Today Nikkan sports have reported that the show, which was supposed to be promoted by former WBC Bantamweight champion Yasuei Yakushiji, has been cancelled due to the inability for the show to have fans or a TV crew.
Whilst the bulk of the show was supposed to be a Rookie of the Year card it is worth noting that the show was also supposed to feature current WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵], in a non-title bout. The hope was for fans to be in attendance and that the main event would get TV coverage, and, as a result, for the show to be financially viable. With no fans those plans have fallen apart.
In quotes given by Yakushiji to Nikkan sports, the former fighter turned promoter has revealed that "There is no TV relay, it will come out without admission income. I can not pay fight money either". Essentially ending the show all together. He is quotes as saying that plans revolving him and his fighters are "totally blank paper", scrapping previously planned ideas for Mori to fight twice this year before a world title fight in 2021.
It's unclear no what will happen to the Rookie of the Year match ups expected to be on the show, though it's a real shame to see things not looking as sorted as we all assumed after yesterday's meeting betwene the JBC and JPBA.
Earlier today the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA) held their latest zoom meeting in regards to the restart of boxing in Japan. It was at that meeting that w essentially got the date for when boxing will return to the country, and what where.
The show now pencilled in to be the first Japanese show since the end of February will be a Rookie of the Year card on July 12th in in Nagoya City. That card hasn't been fully announced but will see the 2020 edition of Rookie of the Year finally kick off, several months after it as supposed to begin.
The show will not allow fans to attend, though there is a chance the show may be streamed.
At the moment we haven't yet seen a bout bout list for the show, but expect to see one in early to mid June.
Given the competition is late to begin it's now been confirmed that the finals will not be held in December, as we usually see, but February instead, to allow the fighters to prepare for each round of the tournament.
The Rookie of the Year is then expected to be given other shows in late July.
Interestingly there won't be any pro-tests, at least not in their typical form, until September.
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