The annual "Strongest Korakuen" tournament will not be held in 2014 as is undergoes a major review from the JBC.
The tournament, otherwise known as the "Japan title challenger right acquisition tournament", came in to force just a few years ago and to us seemed like a great idea. It allowed a number of fighters to fight in a knockout style competition to earn the right to fight for the national title the following year in the Champions Carnival.
Unfortunately whilst we love the idea, and feel it should be implemented in various other countries, including Great Britain, the USA and Germany the JBC apparently have issues with it and want to review it before bringing back a similar tournament in 2015. It appears that a tournament will be re-appearing albeit in a different guise with the hope that it will be an improved tournament.
We, and many fans, would be very disappointed if a tournament didn't take place in 2015 as it does act as an excellent chance for fighters to earn a national title fight. Sure some national champions do give up their titles instead of taking on the challenger, though in most cases, such as a that of Naoya Inoue, staying at the national level any longer would actually have been a waste of time for them and instead the title becomes vacant for exciting looking match ups like we get several of this year.
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