Yesterday we saw the JBC announcing punishments for 3 notable figures involved in Japanese boxing gyms.
One of the trio is Hiroshi Haruki, the chairman of the Mitsuki Gym. He has been given a 1 year suspension, back dated to December 14, for injuring a trainer.
Another of the trio was Jun Toriumi, who owned the TEAM 10 COUNT gym. He has been given a 6 month suspension of his club owner and manager licenses, with another year suspend.
Toriumi has been suspended due to collecting an amount that exceeded the management fee allowed. The JBC have got limits on what a manager can be paid from their fighters purses and Toriumi is said to have breached this multiple times over a long period of time.
As a result of this the Gym will be closed on September 30th, according to a statement on the gym website.
The most serious punishment is for Muto Gym chairman Takashi Edagawa. His license has been suspended indefinitely, from August 24th.
Mr Edagawa was convicted of tax evasion and has reportedly been given a year long sentence, suspended for 3 years.
Rather worryingly for the MTK Global expansion Mr Edagawa was their Japanese partner for MTK Japan, which was announced back in January. This has almost certainly ended the hope of the Muto gym being MTK's toe hold in Japan and they may need to either look towards a different Japanese promoter or abandon the plans all together.
Edagawa has long been a notable figure in Japanese boxing, and from the 3 gyms affected by these announcements his gym is certainly the biggest, along with his punishment being the most servere. The Muto gym was assumed to be the Osakan gym at the center of a virus cluster earlier in the year, when a lot of Muto Gym fighters had to pull out of bouts due to recent infections. Though it should be noted that those bouts were all cancelled around the time of Mr Edagawa's sentencing.
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