A big problem with a lot of Japanese boxing is that it's shown on tape delay and live rights aren't available anywhere. Thatw as the case earlier today for an IBF Featherweight world title eliminator between Japan's Satoshi Hosono (32-3-1, 21) [細野 悟] and Argentina's Jonathan Victor Barros (40-5-1, 22), who were fighting for the right to face IBF Featherweight champion Lee Selby (23-1, 8). With Selby watching on from ringside and scouting his next opponent.
Despite the fact no one outside of the arena being able to watch the contest live it had generated a lot of attention online, partly due to the quality of the match up and the international feel of such a notable bout, and partly due to the lack of televised coverage, despite TYC Sports advertising live coverage then blaming Fuji TV for the lack of a live feed. The less said about that mess the better with assumptions being poor communication and confusion leading to TYC advertising something they were never going to get.
Sadly even online details of what was going on in the ring were scarce, one fan would suggest one thing whilst another would claim something different.
Despite the lack of details out of the arena whilst the fight was on going the action did leave us with a result, and the next challenger for Selby, unfortunately for Japanese fans that will be Barros.
Thankfully after the bout Japanese sources have given away the tale of the bout, which seemed like the difference between the two men was Barros' tactics with the Argentinian having more variety to his work and being able to both fight at range and hold his own when Hosono brought the action close, in fact if anything Barros was getting the better of some of those exchanges too.
Hosono tried to turn the fight around in the 9th round but failed to make the impact he was hoping for and by the final rounds both were looking too exhausted to really force the action, a result of the high paced contest they had had.
At the final bell both teams waited before Barros was announced the winner, with a split decision thanks to scores of 117-111 and 116-112, whilst the dissenting judge had it 115-113 to Hosono.
For fans still wanting to watch the bout it will be aired on Saturday night/Sunday morning on Fuji TV.
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