Earlier today, September 19th, Indonesian promoter Martin Daniel announced his next show, which is set to take place on September 28th at the ASMI Campus, in Pulomas, East Jakarta.
Today's announcement saw 5 bouts being announced for the card with the headline bout from the card being between unbeaten prospect Andika Sabu (14-0, 7), also known as Andika D'Golden Boy, and Melianus Mirin (9-5, 6), in a 12 round contest. The unbeaten fighter is highly regarded by those involved in Indonesian boxing, 22 year old hasn't really managed to score a win of note, and all of his bouts have taken place on the Indonesian domestic scene. He is promising but there are a lot of questions for him to answer. Mirin on the other hand has been tested and despite losing his last two bouts, both in Thailand to promising Thai's in the form of Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart and Panya Pradabsri, he has proven to be tough and better than his record suggests.
Other notable fighters set to be on this card include Rivo Kundimang (5-0, 1), who will feature in the chief support bout, Jufri Kakahure (1-0, 1) who will be in an 8 rounder, and an interesting 10 round contest between veterans Samuel Tehuayo (21-44-2, 6) and Noldi Manakane (32-25-2, 18).
This past weekend we saw Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34) suffer his first career loss, losing a razor thin decision to Mexican fighter Saul Alvarez (50-1-2, 34). Following the result Kazakh boxing promoter Alikhan Zharylgapov has suggested that Golovkin's career would be helped by dropping long term trainer Abel Sanchez and linking up with someone else.
The promoter stated "I think that although Golovkin outboxed Canelo, it was not enough for the judges, the main problem is that Sanchez is a supporter of one plan. We saw the final WBSS fight between Gassiyev and Usik in that fight, he could not give elementary advice to his ward, I understand that he instilled something useful in GGG, but now Golovkin needs changes."
The promoter not only criticised Sanchez but suggested there was two obvious choices to replace him. One of those is Gennady's brother Max Golovkin and the other is Roy Jones Jr.
Interestingly Zharylgapov is one of several people to criticise Sanchez and his coaching here, with Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov and Russian commentator Vladimir Gendlin both expressing belief that Golovkin has done as much as he can with Sanchez.
It's going to be interesting to see if Golovkin stays with his mentor given the criticism that is coming Sanchez's way, though they have had a long and fruitful relationship so far and it would be an odd time to change given that Golovkin is already 36 and it may not help to try and adapt to a new style of training at this stage.
Earlier today saw the announcement of the next A-Sign Bee show, which we now know will take place on November 19th.
The specific details of the card are scarce, but we have seen the first 3 fighters on the card being confirmed, though sadly none of them are yet to have their opponents named.
The highest profile fighter announced for the card will be former OPBF and JBC champion Ryo Akaho (32-2-2, 21) [赤穂亮]. The 2-time world title challenger is expected to have a step up from his last bout, against Robert Udtohan, but it's unclear whether he will be up against a domestic foe or a visitor.
Akaho will be joined by the always fun to watch Keita Kurihara (12-5, 11) [栗原 慶太], who will be looking to extend his current 3 fight winning run. We do believe that Kurihara is chasing titles, but would be surprised if he got a title shot here, however a shot for a belt will not be far off following notable recent wins over Ryan Lumacad, Tetsuya Watanabe and Kazuki Tanaka.
The third fighter confirmed for this card is Niboshi Yujiro (2-0, 1) [大曽根悠二郎], with his bout expected to be either a 4 or 6 rounder.
More details of this card are expected to be released in the weeks to come, though it's good to already see the promoters piecing the card together 2 months out.
Earlier today it was announced that DAZN would be the only way for Japanese fight fans to watch the upcoming Heavyweight world title fight between Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20) and Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24), which takes place this coming weekend.
Originally it seemed like WOWOW would pick the bout up but as we got closer and closer to fight time and WOWOW hadn't made an announcement there was worries that there would be no legal way for the Japanese fans to watch the contest.
With today's announcement it does stop those worries and will allow new customers to get a look at the subscription service ahead of the WBA Middleweight title bout between Ryota Murata (14-1, 11) [村田 諒太] and Rob Brant (23-1, 16).
The Japanese broadcast of Joshua Vs Povetkin is set to begin at 2:10 local time with the main event scheduled for around 5:50 local time. The undercard will only feature English commentary whilst the main event is set to feature Japanese commentary, including guest commentary from Shinsuke Yamanaka.
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This coming Monday WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] will make his third defense, as he takes on 2-weight champion Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成].
Today Kimura took part in his public work out for the bout.
A confident Kimura stated that he was able to do 15 rounds and wasn't struggling at all with making the 112lb weight limit for the bout. In fact he looked incredibly fit, hungry and determined. That is something he put down to his tough training camp in Thailand, where he was sparring 12 rounds of 4 minute rounds, with only a 45 second break.
Whilst Tanaka and his team were confident there is also a clear respect for Tanaka, who they described as having "speed" and "technique" and clearly they know that Tanaka has advantages over Kimura, despite Kimura's fantastic stamina and work rate.
He looked sharp whilst working the mitts today at the work out, and really does look like a fight who knows this is a massive opportunity to make a name for himself, and establish himself as the top Flyweight in Japan. It is however the toughest bout of his career and this will be no walk in the park, no matter how good his stamina is.
WBO World Flyweight Title Fight Live-Streaming announcement
Kosei Tanaka goes for third world title, takes on in form Sho Kimura! (Preview)
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