One thing I try not to do too often is write an open letter to you, our readers. They tend to be an annual update at the turn of the year, usually when I'm tipsy thanking you all, but other than that they are rare, and my personal life doesn't get shared too much and what goes on behind the scenes isn't really revealed. It has nothing to do with boxing in Asia or Asian fighters.
The recent suspension of boxing in Japan however does lead us to needing to write something, not so much about Coronavirus as such, I'm not a doctor, but about how our output is going to drop, significantly, over the coming weeks.
Over the last few years the site has been heavy weighted towards Japanese content. The country is, but far, the most significant in Asia right now, and has been since we started the site. The JBC's suspension of boxing means that we are being limited in the content we can post, and the fights we can cover.
Before we go any further, let it be clear that we COMPLETELY AGREE with the action being taken by the JBC to suspension boxing, and expect other countries and sports to follow Japan and prevent events from taking place.
However it's clear that it will negatively effect what we do.
I want to just make it clear that whilst the output of content will, obviously, drop off, we're not closing the site, or anything like that. Our regular historical pieces (such as our 10 facts series and closet classics) will continue to run, videos and news will continue to be posted and previews will be posted for bouts that do take place.
What will happen however is I will be taking some of the time whilst we're in a big downturn to recharge my batteries a little. They have become pretty burnt out in recent weeks.
Since early December I've pretty much ran myself into the ground. I think this has been pretty obvious in some recent things. On a site level, of course it's bad that boxing around will likely be suspended, but personally it's coinciding at a point where probably I needed to cut my work time.
Also to add, any bouts that have previously had articles written but not posted, such as previews and ones to watch, will be released in the future, if the bouts in question fall through having been scheduled, as part of a short series. These include 3 different articles done as "Ones to Watch" and a host of previews that have been completed but not yet posted.
News, and results, as always will be reported, however things like "Introducing", "Ones to Watch", "Who are you?", "The Hot Take", "Awards" and "The Good the Bad and the Ugly" will be put on hold until boxing picks up again.
Thanks for your time, patience and continued support
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).