After axing all boxing for the month of March and extending that ban through April, it looks as though Japan’s boxing commissions have their sights on a quick return to action. According to Asian Boxing:
Earlier today the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA) held a meeting to discuss what the plan is for boxing in Japan in regards to coronavirus.
Amazingly, and somewhat surprisingly, the plan that came out of today’s meeting is for sport to resume in Japan in May, with May 2nd pencilled for the next show.
This is, as the article points out, assuming that there’s no change in circumstances and/or government mandate preventing mass gatherings. In addition,
The plan is that, even when the sport resumes, there will still be rules in place that promoters need to follow. These including temperature checks as fans come in to the venue, no selling tickets on the day and, from what we understand, only allow fans to sit in alternate seats, to try an limit the effects of coronavirus in the country. As well as prohibiting the sale of standing tickets.
Basically, easing their way back into things.
Japan isn’t the only country looking to get its biffing back on posthaste. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Amnat Ruenroeng in Thailand is also scheduled for May 2nd, though Josh Taylor vs Apinun Khongsong in Glasgow has already been postponed from that date.