Back on May 11th we brought you the news that the Watanabe Gym had set up a crowd funding campaign , titled "Save the Watanabe Boxing Gym" with real fears that the long established gym was going to potential need to close down, permanently. When we reported that the gym had hit 79% of it's target, of 6,000,000JPY.
Today the campaign has managed to hit the target, with the help of more than 400 fans.
Although the gym will remain closed for now the plan seems to be for Watanabe to promote a show in August. At the moment details o that card haven't been planned, but there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Gym.
Originally, before the global situation became what it has been, the plan had been for WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] to defend his title against Indonesian challenger Andika Sabu (17-0, 8) in May. It's unclear if that bout will now occur in August but it is great to see that the gym has hit it's target and fighters have been given some money out of the pledges, to tide them over for the short term.
Back in April the Watanabe Gym set up a crowd funding campaign due to financial worries that the current global climate have brought them. This has included the cancellation, or at least postponement, of a number of events, which has limited the gym's financial income and still forced them to continuing pay things like bills and costs related to the running of the gym.
Currently the funding campaign has reached 79% of it's target, of 6,000,000JPY and still has 18 days left to get the remaining money.
The gym is said to be legitimately struggling at the moment, despite the fact that it's a really well established gym with around 40 years of existence and numerous big names fighting out of the gym, such as former world champion Takashi Uchiyama, Kohei Kono and Ryoichi Taguchi.
The current campaign is being run to help with the costs of cancelling events, including the planned WBA Light Flyweight "Super" title bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and Andika Sabu (17-0, 8), as well as running costs and and further training development costs.
For those able to back the gym through their campaign, which have linked to below, there are some special goodies up for grabs, including sparring with some of the top fighters at the gym, signed gloves, and t-shirts among other things.
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