May 29 - Tokyo executives take corporate in-fighting to a new level, entering the boxing ring in search of knock-outs. Tara Cleary reports.
Rival corporate employees duke it out - all in aid of charity. Tokyo's second Executive Fight Night saw 14 fighters from seven countries going head to head for three rounds. It was a far cry from their regular jobs as sales managers, brokers or company presidents. Fighter of the Night, Richard Platt from Union Bank of Switzerland, almost didn't make into the ring, but loyalty made him reconsider. SOUNDBITE: Richard Platt, Union Bank of Switzerland employee and Fighter of the Night, saying (English): "There's personal pride but there's also 'I'm fighting a little bit for my company', because they ask you for, who your company is and in Japan it is very much more so, the company you work for, than in for example the United States and the UK. Your company is kind of a big part of who you are." Organizers 'The Ginja Ninjas' won't throw in the towel and plan to hold 'Executive Fight Night' twice a year. But for some of these fighters, the bell was the only escape from a swift and painful downfall.