A few weeks ago the WBC ordered Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] to face Spanish based Dominican Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-3-2, 10) for the WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title. That bout was then announced earlier this month for November 12th from the Korakuen Hall, with the only real missing information being how to watch it.
Earlier today saw an announcement regarding the distribution of the bout, with announcement confirming what many had expected, the bout would be made available through online streaming service Abema TV from 5PM local time.
The news was broken in an interview with Tomoki and Koki Kameda, with Koki stating "The era of television has changed and AbemaTV is also active at a great momentum. The new wind of boxing circles, I think that it is possible to be told to those who are seeing interest because there are various matches from the fourth round to the world war. " (Translated)
Tomoki himself sounded excited about the prospect of fighting in a world title bout on the service as well, stating . "I am happy that the first time is my world warfare. If you enjoy a good game and the viewers are happy, now is the age of the net, so I'm happy to see everyone to be a world champion ". (Translated)
It seems clear that the Kameda's are looking to strengthen their relationship with Abema TV who have shown exhibitions featuring Koki Kameda, which actually crashed their service with more than 13,000,000 tuning in, as well as Koki's unofficial bout with Pongsaklek Wonjongkam earlier this year.
With a potential nationwide audience through Japan the potential figures dwarf the traditional television numbers a fighter can usually get at home and there's a chance that this bout could be the highest viewed bout in the country this year, despite only being delivered via an online platform.
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