Back September we reported that former OPBF and JBC champion Ryo Akaho (32-2-2, 21) [赤穂亮] would be back in the ring on November 19th for his next bout as part of an upcoming A-Sign Bee card. At the time however his opponent wasn't named.
Today we can report that Akaho's opponent for that bout will be the rather disappointing Naoto Mizutani (5-4-1, 2) [水谷直人], who is 1-1-1 in his last 3 and is taking a monstrous step up in class. The bout will be an 8 round contest at Super Bantamweight and will be Mizutani's first since an upset win over Mirai Imagawa in September, the only win Mizutani has had over a domestic opponent in 3 years. For Akaho this will be his second bout of 2018, and sees him looking to build on an opening round win over Robert Udtohan.
Another bout of note confirmed for this card is a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout, with Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] defending his title against Yuta Nakayama (6-1-1, 3) [中山祐太]. Originally Oho was supposed to defend the belt in August against Hiroki Inamine but that bout fell though due to Inamine pulling out, so this will be Oho's first defense of the title he won in April, when he stopped Tetsuya Tomioka. For Nakayama the bout will see him coming into the ring in search of a 6th straight win.
As with all A-Sign shows we do expect this to make it's way to Youtube, though it may be drip fed to the online video website.
On May 1st we get the chance to see a brilliant Japanese Middleweight title bout as Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) [西田 光] defends his "regular" title against "interim" champion Tomohiro Ebisu (17-4, 17) [胡 朋宏], in what has the potential to be a very exciting and thrilling back and forth war between a pressure fighter a huge puncher. The bout will see Ebisu hunting a win to become a 2-time national champion whilst Nishida will be looking to return from what was a pretty bad injury suffered out of the ring last year.
Today, ahead of the bout, A-Sign boxing put up a hype video for the bout whilst confirming that they would be hosting the card, as a Video on Demand, on their website.
For fans interested in the card it will cost ¥500, with 5 bouts apparently being included, and although it's not the biggest card the main event has enough appeal to be worth a purchase, especially given that the price is about £3.50 of about $4.50.
For those interested in the hype video that can be seen below, though with both men speaking through the video it may not be the most interesting for those unable to speak Japanese. Saying that however the bout it's self should be something very special and of course in the ring we all speak the same language!
Hikaru Nishida and Tomohiro Ebisu battle to unify the Middleweight crown!
It's fair to say that 2017 hasn't been a great year for video website Asign Boxing, with their first show of the year losing it's main event on the day before the card and their second show being less than enticing. Despite the slow start to the year it does look like they are set for some March madness with two big shows taking place in the space of a few days.
The first of those shows, Asign Bee 1, takes place on March 10th and the second, creatively named Asign Bee 2, takes place on March 13th.
The first of those shows features a host of notable names. The main event will see former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (29-2-2, 19) [赤穂 亮] battle Yushi Tanaka (19-1-3, 13) [田中 裕士] for the Japanese Bantamweight titlewhilst supporting bouts will see former world champion Tomoki Kameda (32-2, 20) [亀田和毅] face Thaland's Mike Tawatchai (42-9-1, 25) [ไมค์เกษตรพัฒนา] and Hisashi Amagasa (31-6-2, 20) [天笠 尚] take on veteran professional Kinshiro Usui (27-4, 11) [臼井 欽士郎].
The second of the shows will be headlined by Naoko Fujioka (15-2, 6) [藤岡 奈穂子] battling against Australian Louisa Hawton (7-0, 3) for the WBO female Light Flyweight title. That card has several notable suporting boutsof it's own, though not quite as good as the first show.
Asign have offered the two cards for sale at ￥700 each, about £5.00 or $6.20, however they also sell the two shows together for a really good value ￥1000,about £7 or $8.80. Although pracier than a month of Boxingraise their is real value here in paying for both shows together!
Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will be able to see the next "Svenson Excite Boxing" show at the Korakuen Hall. The card isn't a huge one but it does feature two genuinely notable bouts of real intrigue and should prove to be a great card for the fans in attendance.
One of those two bouts will see OPBF Super Middleweight champion Shintaro Matsumoto (13-4, 9) [松本 晋太郎] defending his title, for the first time, as he takes on Australian visitor Jayde Mitchell (9-1, 4), in what looks like a great chance for the winner to make a bit of a name for themselves, whilst the other bout will see Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-2-2, 11) [溜田 剛士] and Reiya Abe (12-2, 6) [阿部 麗也] face off in a potential war.
Whilst those at the "Hall" will be getting a treat it doesn't mean the rest of us actually need to miss out, instead we're lucky and we'll all be able to watch it on Tuesday on pay service Asign-Boxing with the show carrying a ¥500 yen price tag. Whilst paying for a delay show isn't great it is cheap price that works out at £4 or $5.8, significantly cheaper than a typical pay per view.
Whilst we're glad to see asign covering the show we do just need to mention that this is their 3rd show this month and the cost of ¥1400 combined for the 3 shows is significantly more than the asking price of the boxingraise service, which is a flat ¥980 a month, and for that price we've already had 3 shows added this month and get a live card later this month. It may be time for asign to look again st their pricing structure when compared to their most similar rival, thankfully though the two service have got most major non-televised Japanese domestic cards covered and for that we have to thank the teams behind the two services.
During the month of September Japanese fans get their first taste of WBO Asia Pacific title bouts, with 3 such title bouts coming over the space of 2 days. The shows, in full, have both been snapped up by pay site A-sign who will stream both cards online.
The first of those cards is "Fighting Bee 18", which is set for September 13th, and will be headlined by Akihiro Kondo (24-6-1, 11) [近藤 明広] battling Filipino fighter Jeffrey Arienza (15-4-1,9) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. This card is the cheaper of the two shows, costing ¥500, of about £3.64 for the UK fans or $4.82 for American fans, with all the bouts on the card being streamed.
The second bout, on September 14th, is "Hopeful Fight Vol 23" and sees Takuya Watanabe (29-6-1, 15) [渡邉 卓也] battle against Thailand's Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-1-2, 11 [อามิน ส.หวังมุ๊] for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title and Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) [西田 光] against Makoto Fuchigami (23-11, 13) [淵上 誠],in their third bout, which will be for the WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese Middleweight titles. This card costs ¥700 which is around £5.00 for the UK fans or $6.75 for American fans and again features the entire card at that price giving some solid value for money given the price of PPV's in the west. In fact for British they could pay for both of these, and a month of www.boxingraise.com for the same price as a Sky Box Office PPV!
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