Last week the JBC issued a lengthy statement regarding a change in rules for Indonesian fighters fighting in Japan, after a number of inadequate fighters have fought in the country. The changes are actually rather serious and will have an effect not just for the Indonesian fighters themselves but also for the Japanese promoters, who will need to look elsewhere for record padding opponents.
Firstly, the big change, an invitation will be limited to Indonesian fighters who are ranked in the top 15 of any of the 4 major world title bodies (IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO), or the two major regional bodies (OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific). From reading the statement if an Indonesian isn't listed in one of the top 15, and weren't within the last 2 months, they will not be able to compete in Japan.
The JBC will also not accept fighters who's records look suspicious, or they have serious doubts about, or have been modified. It's unclear how this will be done in reality, and why it's not already been done. The decision to allow or not allow a fighter to compete will be based on official results, though with Indonesia having several different boxing boards it's again unclear how this will be put into effect. If a record has been modified after application the JBC may cancel the approval of the match up.
The third part of the statement reveals that the rules will come into effect on February 1st 2020. The policy has been brought in to improve the credibility and social status of boxing in Japan.
We'll be interested in seeing how all this works. We do tend to see very poor Indonesian imports brought over to Japan and stopped in a round or 2, which adds nothing to the sport, but for novices it's going to be potentially tough to rebuild their records.
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