In recent years we have seen the definition of "professional boxing" come under some scrutiny as to what it actually is. For example were there WSB (World Series Boxing) and APB (AIBA Professional Boxing) actually amateur competitions or professional leagues within the world of professional boxing. We have also seen the growth of the White Collar Scene and even amateurs being paid in some areas.
We're not here to define professional boxing, but instead speak about the return of boxing to Japan, as the controversial Akira Yamane will actually be over-seeing the first Japanese boxing card since February, thanks to his WYBC (World Yamane Boxing Championship).
The WYBC is a bit of an oddity in the world of boxing. It's not professional boxing as overseen by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) in fact it's essentially a renegade league in it's own right. It was launched last year, after Yamane's departure from the Japan Amateur Boxing Federation (JABF), and was one final shot from Yamane to remain relevant, despite the controversies that had forced him to leave the amateur boxing scene.
So why are we talking about Yamane and the definition of professional boxing?
Well it turns out that Yamane's renegade league will be putting on the first "professional" Japanese boxing card since the lockdown was put in force in Japan with a show set for May 31st at the Kyoto KBS Hall.
The event will have no audience but will be broadcast for free and will be headlined by Tomoya Takahashi [高橋知哉], the defending WYBC Heavyweight champion, defending his title.
Interestingly the WYBC stages fights in a much smaller ring than a typical boxing event, but the level of fighters is also massively reduces from those we typically see as well.
Whether you consider this professional boxing or not, it's still a notable stage towards boxing beginning in the East and is clearly something that could be of interest to fight fans wanting a fix this coming Sunday. At least if they make it clear how to watch the event, which still doesn't seem to be that clear at the moment.
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