Last week we looked at the IBF Minimumweight title in our first "Did you know..." and today we go in a complete different direction by doing a Did you Know about one of the most significant venues in world boxing, the Korakuen Hall.
We're pretty confident if you've followed the Japanese scene or any amount of time you will have heard of it, though you may not know much about it, other than it being a very often used venue in Tokyo. It is however a venue that is full of facts, and today we bing you some of those!
1-Despite it's standing as one of the most important boxing venues in the world the venue only has 1,403 seats, though can hold a little over 2000 fans. Of those 1,403 seats only 780 of them are fixed in place.
2-The venue was completed on January 15th 1962.
3-The venue's first boxing show came on April 16th 1962, and was headlined by Kazuo Takayama Vs Oscar Reyes. This was actually the day the venue officially opened, despite having been complete since January. Notably this show was broadcast on Japanese TV as part of the Dynamic Glove series.
4-The decision to build the Korakuen Hall was taken by the hugely influential Yachiyo Manabe, who was a major figure in Japanese and Asian boxing. Although not a fighter Manabe's significance is huge, and he was one of the people behind the formation of the OPBF and also lead the Japanese Boxing Commission as their president.
5-The venue allows spectators to bring their own food and drink into the Hall, and also sells it on site. The venue allows you to bring in your own alcohol, though may require you to pour it into plastic cups.
6-Although the venue is relatively small it has regularly hosted world title bouts. The first in the venue was held in 1970, and saw Hiroshi Kobayashi retain the WBA Super Featherweight title in his second bout against Antonio Amaya.
7-Although best known for boxing it does host a variety of other events, including professional wrestling. The first wresting there was in 1966 and headlined by Japanese icon Giant Baba.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).