In August Boxing Raise, sadly, under-delivered. For September however it looks like they are looking to make up for that a poor month with 9 cards in total being added to their service, including 4 that are going to be made free to none member and 5 that are members only, with 1 card being live.
The first of the cards will be the September 12th Victoriva 5 show, featuring 2 female world title fights. The service will then get 5 of the cards from from September 15th and 16th. On paper those cards aren't amazing, but 2 of them are Rookie of the Year cards, which will be available for free, another is headlined by Masanori Rikiishi (6-1, 4) [佐藤政法] battling Freddy Fonseca (27-3-1, 18) and another will be headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] defending against South Korean puncher Yang Hyun Min (8-2, 7) [양현민].
Those shows are expected to be posted through the month, despite all taking place in such a limited amount of time.
We get the one live card for the month on September 21st and it's a cracker. It will feature a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, pitting champion Yusaku Kuga (18-3-1, 11) [久我勇作] against Yosuke Fujihara (18-6, 5) [藤原陽介], a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title fight between Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] and former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21), and an excellent Japanese title eliminator between Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆]. This is a great card, and we're incredibly grateful for the fact it will be streamed live.
We then end the month with two more Rookie shows, that will be made free to view, likely in early October.
This is a great month to be a subscriber, and a great month even if your not, thanks to all the free content the service is making available!
The Boxing Raise service is one that we have made really great use of since it first began several years ago, and something we suggest every fight fan takes a look at, as a gateway to Japanese boxing. The combination of live streaming and Video on Demand service is brilliant and the depth in their content library is deep enough to get lost in.
Sadly not all months are great for the service and the month of August is certainly nor looking like one of their best, though is still a respectable offering.
The bad news is that there is no card set to get a live broadcast and that there is only 4 news shows set to be added on the service during August. They are both genuinely disappointing bits of news, with the lack of a live card really one of the biggest set backs.
On the other hand the quality of the shows they have this month is really outstanding.
The first card they will be adding the August 4th Green Tsuda promoted card from Osaka, which featured 2 title bouts as well as a rising Thai prospect and a former Japanese champion. They will then add the low level Dangan 4 round show from August 6th, a pretty low profile show that is likely to deliver plenty of action and excitement.
Sadly their is over 2 weeks without a new show, with that break ending with the August 23rd Kadoebi promoted Slugfest card, which will feature an OPBF Flyweight title bout, a very good support bout and a pair of notable debutants. Just days later we will then get Dangan Trigger, which has a trio notable bouts, including 2 Japanese Youth title tournament bouts and a mouth watering B class tournament bout.
It's certainly not the best month, but it's not a write off either, especially for those who typically use the service for their on demand content.
On July 27th we get a stacked card from Dangan and Watanabe. The hope had long been for the card to be made available live on Boxing Raise, given that Dangan were involved in the promotion of the show. Sadly however it's now clear that Boxing Raise will not have the show live.
Instead Japanese premium service Paravi will have the card streamed live online, allowing only Japanese viewers to watch the card which features a brilliant triple header of title fights.
The show will be headlined by OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], in what looks like a solid third defense for the champion.
As well as the main event the other title bouts on the card will see Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] taking on mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] and the next bout in the career of the highly touted Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] , who faces Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
Although the live broadcast news is hugely disappointing it is worth noting that TBS will show parts of the card, as part of their "Guts Fighting" series, just 2 days later on free TV, giving the fighters a chance to show what they can do to a wider audience than Boxing Raise could ever manage. In a way this is a silver lining to the gray cloud.
Mishiro takes on Takenaka in latest OPBF title defense
Saito and Suzuki battle for Japanese crown
Shigeoka goes for regional title against Azarcon!
The brilliant Boxing Raise service had a quiet June but are seemingly trying to make up for it this month with a solid looking line up for July, a line up that was announced earlier today.
They will have 6 shows in total added to their service during the coming weeks, with several really good bouts taking place on the shows.
The month will have 5 cards on tape delay, two of those will be free to view Rookie of the Year shows from the end of the month, which will take place in July but are expected to actually be made available in August. The other tape cards include the July 9th card, headlined by an OPBF Middleweight title bout, a July 20th card stacked with prospects and the July 26th card, which features some interesting domestic level action.
As well as the tape delay cards the service will also have the July 23rd "God's Left" tournament show available live.
Whilst the month isn't the most stacked the July 9th main event and the July 23rd card are both set to be among the highlights for the month and are well worthy of some real attention.
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.
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