The East Japan Boxing Association decided at its regular board meeting held online on March 17 that it will subsidies 20,000 yen (some 184 U.S. dollars) for a promoter of each participating boxer at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall between January and June this year.
This is to cope with various expenses the promoter incurs because the number of spectators allowed to enter the hall is limited in today’s novel coronavirus pandemic, which grows in costs as the promoter is needed to seclude a boxer at a hotel, for example.
The EJBA also said Akiba/Yatabe Boxing and Fitness Gym in Arakawa ward, led by former second-ranked Japanese featherweight contender Keisuke Akiba, has officially joined the EJBA. The gym itself opened in 2015.
According to the EJBA, this year’s sparring sessions will be held by region. The sessions are aimed at nurturing junior boxers in cooperation with the Japan Boxing Commission. This came following the EJBA’s decision to withhold the national competition of junior champions league for this year.
The board also decided to resume aero boxing competition, now in recess due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at Kawasaki Nitta Boxing Gym in Kawasaki starting April 29. The larger-scale competitions are scheduled to be held at the Cultttz Kawasaki, a complex facility of sports and culture in the city, in September and December. Screening of aero boxing evaluation will be conducted remotely, the EJBA said.
The EJBA said the total amount of donations from boxing gyms and participating boxers in a charity boxing event ‘’LEGEND’’ held on Feb. 11 at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium has reached 9.1 million yen (some 83,500 U.S. dollars).
Of the amount, the EJBA has already donated 500,000 yen to Makita General Hospital in Ota ward, which provides PCR tests for boxers. Of the remaining amount, the EJBA will donate 3.6 million yen to the Jikei University Hospital in Minato ward and others affiliated with the JBC. The use of the remaining 5 million yen will be decided by the JBC, according to the EJBA.