We are more than a third of the way through June and it's fair to say that it's not been a great month of action, especially given that is has followed an amazing May and comes before a stacked June. Sadly though the calendar is pretty empty and there's not much to say about it.
That lack of action has been seen in the recent announcement that Boxing Raise made about their content for the month.
They have revealed that they will only be putting up 2 shows from the month, the June 9th card featuring an OPBF female Minimumweight title bout between Eruka Hiromoto [廣本江留香] and Chan Mi Lim, along with the June 25th Japan Vs Career Dangan card. Obviously the June 9th card has been and gone, and the June 25th card will also not be shown live.
To make up for the lack of new content this month the service will add 5 archive shows, including 3 that are free to view.
The free to view shows are from the 2019 Rookie of the year preliminary rounds, whilst the other two are Dangan shows from 2015, with one of those featuring a previously unavailable Sho Kimura [木村翔], as well as title fight on each show.
For subscribers this certainly isn't one of the better months, but it's good to see Dangan digging into their closet to give fans something even when there isn't much happening, and hopefully we will see more and more classic Dangan cards being added in the months to come.
Earlier today Japanese boxing service Boxing Raise released their line up for the month of May and unsurprisingly it's a packed month with an impressive 3 live cards, though one of them was earlier today along with 4 more shows available on demand.
As mentioned one of the three live shows was today. The was the Dangan card from Korakuen Hall, headlined by a brilliant Japanese Featherweight title bout between Taiki Minamoto [源大輝] and Reiya Abe [阿部 麗也]. If you missed this one live it is now available on demand, in fact the entire card is now available.
The next live card will be the next Dangan card, which takes place on May 18th, and will be headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, pitting champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] against former champion Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 11) [久我勇作]. This will then be followed a day later by live coverage of Desafio vol 8, which isn't a big card but does feature notable fighters like Satoru Sugita (14-6-1, 9) [杉田聖], Gakuya Furuhashi (24-8-1, 12) [古橋大輔] and Tsubasa Murachi (3-0, 3) [村地翼].
As well as the live cards the service will pick up the next Hiroki Ioka show on May 3rd, the Kadoebi show on May 8th, as well as the WBO Asia Pacific double title show on May 26th from Mutoh gym. Sadly whilst these will be added on tape delay it's unclear when these shows will be added. Sometimes it's the same day, and other times it can be a week after a show takes place.
Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
Earlier today streaming service Boxing Raise released their scheduled for this month. Although the service only has 4 shows for the coming few weeks they will be showing two of them live, and the shows will feature a pair of OPBF title fights, as well as a couple of female title fights.
The first card will be Victoriva 4, which takes place on March 13th before Green Dream Viol 8 on March 17th. Both of those shows will be on tape delay and will be available on demand only.
The third card, and the first of two live cards, will be Dangan 221 and will be headlined by the excellent match up between OPBF champion Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (6-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] and Takuya Watanabe (35-8-1, 20) [渡邉卓也]. Just 4 days after that we get live coverage of the E&J Cassius Gym 15th anniversary show, which will be headlined by an OPBF Minimumweight title bout between Tsubasa Koura (14-0, 9) [小浦 翼] and Lito Dante (15-10-4, 7)..
On October 12th Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get an incredible card featuring 6 Japanese challenger decision bouts, including a Super Bantamweight bout between Mugicha Nakagawa (23-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] and Naoya Okamoto (13-6-1, 6) [岡本直也] and a Light Welterweight contest between Koki Inoue (11-0, 10) [浩樹井上] and Marcus Smith (6-0-1, 6).
Thankfully this show isn't just limited to fight fans at the Korakuen Hall with the online streaming and video on demand service Boxingraise announcing they will be broadcasting the show live over their service, for all subscribers.
The winners of the 6 bouts will advance to the 2019 Champion Carnival early next year, meaning they will fight for Japanese titles, showing the significance of the card, so to get the entire show live over Boxingraise is a real unexpected treat and a chance to get a look at future title challengers and leading domestic contenders.
It's worth noting Boxingraise are currently offer a free 1 month trial to new subscribers, so the timing of this show couldn't be at a better time and it really worth giving the trial a shot, especially with the addition of at least 7 other on demand shows being added in October!
For those interested in the trial click here.
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