Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association began a campaign dubbed "Save Japan Boxing", to help protect the sport in the country from the sweeping global issue that is now effecting pretty much everyone in one way or another.
The campaign will be pushed heavily as part of the April 5th East Japan Rookie of the Year show in Tokyo, which as previously reported will be shown on YouTube for free through the A-sign boxing channel, to make up for the fact it will not have spectators in the venue.
Those that follow us on twitter will see us retweeting the live link for that event when it becomes available. This show will begin at mid-day local time, and will feature what is essentially 2 events, with each event featuring 8 bouts. Giving us 16 fights during the day.
As well as the YouTube show on April 5th there will also be a t-shirt made available, as seen above, to help raise funds. From what we understand these will be offered to fans who "tip" or "fund" the event, and will be signed by Japanese world champions.
There will also be a video released to "Save Japan Boxing" lead by some of the biggest names in Japanese boxing.
All of that will obviously be pushed with the hashtag "#SaveJapanBoxing" which is being tagged in English, and is being run with the English phrase through the entire campaign.
As well as the April 5th show there is also a scheduled April 26th show, for the West Japan Rookie of the Year. Again there is no spectators, and at the moment it's unclear if this will be streamed live or not.
We ask, all of our readers, to do what they can to tune in to the April 5th card and do what they can to enjoy some boxing. Whilst it might not be elite level action the Rookie of the Year shows are great fun and given the absolute lack of boxing world wide at the moment this is one of the rare times the boxing world can get behind a single event. Given none of the fighters are well known it's a great opportunity for fans to go in "blind" and not have their personal opinions dictating things and instead just enjoy the sport for what it is.
As this is a changing story please see April's Rookie of the Year events postponed, boxing's Japanese return delayed for an update
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