“Boxing Lights Don’t Turn Off” Corona shock-in-troubled Gym May 23 at 10:44
Under the gorgeous spotlight, professional boxing where players exchange fists. Now, the effects of the new coronavirus are driving us into a corner. Not only was the match cancelled until June, but the gym, which is the foundation of professional boxing, was asked to refrain from business, and it was in management difficulty.
Even in a major gym…
“It’s been 45 years since Jim started, but this is the first time i’ve been in this situation.”
Hitoshi Watanabe, chairman of Watanabegym in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, said.
In response to the state of emergency declaration in July, the Japan Professional Boxing Association requested gyms across the country to refrain from using “general members” for fitness and other purposes.
Watanabejim, a major figure in the world championships, also voluntarily refrained from operating for the general public upon request. Only professional voluntary training has been continued while thoroughly ventilating and disinfecting. However, that means that the membership fee, which covered much of the operating funds, will no longer be included.
“More than three million yen per month will be stopped. That’s the basics of management, so it’s very painful.”
President Watanabe spoke with a grim expression.
I can’t control myself out of my painful chest.
On the other hand, there is a gym which decided to continue business, too.
A small gym in Tokyo shortened the time and accepted general membership practice, and on the day i visited to interview a man, he was sweating in shadow boxing. Jim’s chairman said, “I was quite lost, but if you refrain from it, it would be difficult to finance it. I can’t think of a big gym in the same way.”
The monthly membership fee of about 2 million yen accounts for almost all of your income, and if self-imposed control continues for a long period of time, even survival is jeopardized. In this gym, we have thorough measures to prevent infection, such as opening windows and disinfecting the room frequently, but we have a sense of crisis that “if an infected person comes out, it will be over.”.
Nevertheless, he continued, “We have no choice but to continue to take measures against infection.”
Industry support remains the same predicament
The Japan Professional Boxing Association supports approximately 100,000 yen in gyms nationwide. We plan to support a further 300,000 yen for the self-imposed gym, but the difficult current situation of many gyms remains the same.
The chairman of another gym, who continues to refrain from self-imposed control, said, “Thankfully, to be honest, it’s hard if we can’t resume business with the burnt stone.”
Tsuyoshi Yasukawa, executive director of the Japan Boxing Commission, the governing body of professional boxing, said, “As a general rule, I would like you to comply with your request for self-restraint. However, jim has a voice similar to the scream. It is important to stop the whole industry from coming out of the gym that is stuck in management and quits. I would like to continue to think about support in accordance with the situation.”
Boxing lights not turned off to secure funds
Under these events, Watanabe gym started crowdfunding in April to secure management funds.
As of May 21, more than 5.7 million yen was raised for the return edits, including gloves signed by players.
Mr. Watanabe said, “I feel the gratitude of the fans once again as the number of people who support us has increased. From now on, I think it is necessary to devise a lot of things,” he said, expressing his gratitude and expressing his strong determination to “not turn off the lights of boxing, and to make an effort not to turn it off.”
As they seek to resume their matches in July while battling anti-infection measures, a fight will continue to be held to protect the lights of professional boxing.
Reporter: Shingo Ono/ Kohei Shimizu