Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association took part in their latest regular board meeting, doing so online, and there was various news stories broken from the meeting.
Firstly the Cheyenne Oshima Jim has been adjourned, due to an inability to secure a venue.
The Imaoka Gym had withdrawn from the association, essentially taking it from a professional boxing gym to just a general gym. This was put down to "operational problems", and the 5 professionals at Gym have now all been transferred to other gyms to continue their careers.
One final bit of gym news being mentioned at the meeting was that of the Punchout Gym, which will now have Takaki Someya as the new chairman.
Although the talk about the gyms was important the real focus of today's meeting was actually the upcoming Rookie of the Year events.
As previously reported the final of the 2020 Rookie of the Year will take place on February 21st without fans, thankfully however G+ will be showing the event live.
Going forward we also know that the 2021 Rookie of the Year will also be delayed, though the full timings and details for the tournament are unclear. It appears likely decisions will be made on that after the 2020 final.
One other thing to note is that the East Japan Boxing Association will be doing away with the subsidies put aside for shows cancelled due to the pandemic. Reportedly these were used 3 times in total, but were a safety net for promoters if they needed them.
Earlier today the Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA) held their first board meeting of the new year, doing so online. It was there that several things were discussed including this year's Rookie of the Year tournament, the final to last years Rookie of the Year, cancellation subsidies and the formation of a new liaison council.
In regards to the 2020 All Japan Rookie of the Year final, which we know will be held on February 21st, the plan is to not allow spectators at the venue, due to Covid19. For fans wanting to watch however the event will be shown live on G+.
In regards to the 2021 version of the tournament, there will be a delay to the start of the tournament, and like last year's tournament the All Japan finals are now expected to take place in February, albeit February 2022.
Both of those are obviously due to Covid19 and we suspect the plan is to try and rest the schedule in 2022 to try and end that tournament in December, as we've seen the past few years.
At the moment the JPBA provide a maximum of ¥150,000 as a cancellation fee, to cover the costs of promoters who have booked venues before an event is cancelled. This is a subsidy to help subsidise promoters during the Covid19 crisis. Going forward the local distract associations will be responsible for the subsidies, with the East Japan Association announcing that they have decided to continue providing the payment for the foreseeable future.
The JPBA also announced that they would establish a gang exclusion liaison council, which will work with the police to try and keep gangs away from boxing. At the moment it's undecided when this council will be officially launched, but it is expected to come in the near future.
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