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.
The excellent Boxingraise.com, a must have service for all fight fans interested in watching none-televised action from the Japanese domestic scene, have been offering some great stuff recently, including several Rookie of the Year cards, as well as a recent Kadoebi card.
For the next few days they are also offering a free 1 month trial to new users who sign up to the service via their trial link - https://boxingraise.com/lp/
Currently the service offers over 1000 bouts on demand from the last few years and this looks to be a great time to sign up to the service given that they have several notable cards coming in the next few weeks, including a big live card on October 12th from the Korakuen Hall.
For those who want to try the service we suggest you sign up now, as the free offering will end on October 12th, local time. So there is only a few days left to sign up.
If you do enjoy the service it will then will cost ¥980 a month or can be cancelled. There is no long term commitment to the service and there really is no excuse not to give a look if you haven't already had an account.
Tomorrow fight fans in at the Korakuen Hall as well as those who subscribe to the excellent Boxingraise service will get the chance to see a brilliant looking Dangan card.
The show has several notable contests on it, with arguably the best of them being an OPBF Minimumweight title bout.
That bout will see Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼] defending his belt for the third time, as he takes on talented and unbeaten challenger Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹], in what looks to be a genuinely mouth watering contest.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout.
On the scales Koura was in great shape, coming in at 104.7lbs and looked very relaxed. Despite being calm and collected at the weigh in he'll know that not only could he lose his regional title but also, potentially, his world rankings if he loses here. There's a lot on the line for the youngster, but a win will further establish him as one of the leading contenders and could help secure him a world title fight in 2019.
Tomita was slightly lighter, at 104.5lbs, and he also looked in terrific condition. This will be a huge step up in class for him, but a win immediately puts him in the mix for a world title, gives him his major silverware and acts as a big wake up call to the division.
As mentioned this bout will be on boxingraise, and is in fact part of a live stream from the service.
Related- Unbeaten men Koura and Tomita collide for OPBF honours!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
We've long been big fans of the Boxingraise subscription service, and today they made us even bigger fans when they revealed they would boost their free contest in a big way!
They have revealed that they have added the West Japan Rookie of the Year final, from September 16th, to their website's free content section and they are now set to add more Rookie of the Year action to the free collection.
Earlier today Boxingraise added a new slide to their homepage to reveal some rather exciting news...and that is that they will be live streaming Dangan 216 for their subscribers.
The card isn't a massive card stacked with world title fights, but it's an amazingly interesting one with a number of fantastic match ups that really does make it one worth tuning in for.
The card is a double championship show. The nominal main event is an IBF Atomweight title fight as Yuko Kuroki (17-5-1, 8) [黒木優子] and Saemi Hanagata (14-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] face off for the third time in their careers. These two ladies fought in June 2016, with Hanagata taking a decision win, then rematched in December that year, fighting to a draw. Since then both have established themselves as world class fighters. Kuroki had a 3 and a half year reign as the WBC female Minimumweight champion, recording 5 defenses before losing the title last December to Momo Koseki. Hanagata on the other hand would go 0-1-2 in her 3 world title bouts since that loss, twice drawing with Nao Ikeyama.
For us the real main event is the other part of the double championship banner, and will see OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼] defending his belt against unbeaten challenger Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹]. This is a truly mouth watering clash between two top young talents in a division that is often over-looked. For the heavy handed Koura the bout will serve as his third defense, and he has made it clear that he's wanting to fight in world title bouts sooner rather than later. For Tomita 20 year old Tomita the bout is a big step up from his recent competition, including Desierto Nagaike, but he was the 2016 All Japan Rookie of the Year, and has shown impressive talent. This could be something special.
It would be easy to just be excited about the two main events but the reality is that the card is deep. One of the under-card bouts will see former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 9) [竹中 良] battle against the always testing tough Filipino Vergil Puton (17-10-1, 8) whilst the all action Kenya Yamashita (12-4, 9) [山下賢哉] will face off with former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario (20-11-3, 5). These are two really solid match ups, given that Takenaka has been out of the ring since losing the OPBF title and that Yamashita is a never in a bad fight, even if that does come to his detriment at times.
Potentially the most attractive of the supporting bouts is the chief support bout, which is a mouth watering clash between Japanese puncher Masamichi Yabuki (7-2, 7) [佐藤政道] and the world ranked Light Flyweight Daniel Matellon (7-0-2, 4). This will be a serious test of Yabuki's boxing ability and Matellon's chin. Neither of these are big names, even domestically, but that shouldn't take away from what looks an interesting contest, and allows Yabuki to build on his recent win over former world title challenger Gilberto Pedroza.
The remaining bout on this card will see 39 year old Ribo Takahata (13-8-1, 5) [高畑里望] battle against Sho Nagata (9-4, 2) [永田翔] in a 6 round Super Featherweight bout.
Given that a lot of shows this month in Japan will be on tape delay this looks like an amazing way for Dangan to finish the month, and the card really is set to be something fantastic for subscribers of Boxingraise
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