Just moments ago Boxmob.jp reported that Masaya Motoishi, the chairman of Green Tsuda, had pledged to help all of his professional fighters with a subsidy to be paid out later this month.
From what we understand the gym will be paying ¥50,000 to it's 20 active fighters, to help them during this current circumstance. The plan is to pay the money, totally ¥1,000,000, at the end of the month. That's a payment 10 times more than the gym it's self has received Japanese Professional Boxing Associations, and 20 times more than what the gym got from the West Japan Boxing Association.
Boxmob quote Mr Motoishi as saying that he "wanted to do what I can", and given that fighters have gone on to lose their part time jobs outside of the sport this is a clear attempt to help them all out.
Given the gym isn't currently open a decision to refund fees would make a lot of sense, but this actually goes beyond that and makes it clear the gym are thinking about their fighters first, even if it will financially hurt the gym in the short term. The longer term aim is clear, and Mr Motoishi, explained "The top priority now is to protect the lives of athletes and staff".
We wouldn't be surprised to see more gyms, particularly some of the more successful and notable ones, following suit in the coming days. That's something that Mr Motoishi has called on gyms to do.
We already know that there will be no boxing in Japan until July and given the gyms are closed for the foreseeable future several other gyms may end up helping their fighters out in similar fashion to this. As far as we're aware however, they are the first gym to give a their fighters financial help during this time period.
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