It's fair to say that 2019 has started slowly but we are starting to see more and more things being added to the schedule.
Sadly it wasn't until earlier today that Boxingraise announced their line up for January, which we knew wouldn't be great,
The Japanese streaming and VOD service will only have 2 new cards this month, unless things change, however their card today, January 12th, will be live.
That live card will see Japanese Minimumweight champion Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心] defending his title against mandatory challenger Norihito Tanaka (17-7, 9) [田中教仁] and Mugicha Nakagawa (24-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] battling Ryoichi Tamura (11-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] for the vacant Japanese Super Bantamweight title, which had been vacated late last year by Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾]. The card is expected to start at 18:00 local time and will be the first Japanese show of the new year.
As well as that show Boxingraise will also add the January 31st card from the Koraluen Hall, which is a a card featuring 4 round bouts between novices.
The bigger selling point this month, in some ways, is the fact 4 cards from the Dangan Archive, Dangan 144,145,147 and 149, will be added to the Video on Demand section. Those shows took place in November and December 2015 and feature a good number of notable fights that weren't available in the past, giving subscribers something to look forward to during this quiet month.
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Earlier today the excellent Boxingraise released their scheduled of shows for December and it's a pretty exciting month for Boxingraise subscribers with 6 tape delay shows and 1 live card. Across the shows we are set for title fights at almost every level, from Japanese youth to female world titles.
The first two shows with be Real Spirits 60 and Real Spirits 61, both of which will take place tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka. We then get Green Dream 7 from Aichi, which takes place December 2nd, the December 9th Osaka show "Crash Boxing 16" from the Green Tsuda Gym.
On December 20th we get the live card, Dangan 219, from the Korakuen Hall, featuring a couple of Japanese title fights. The final pre-Christmas show is "You Will Be the Champion 9", which is headlined by an OPBF Bantamweight title fight.
To end the year Boxingraise will feature Champ Fight 6, which takes place on December 28th.
So in the space of a month fight fans will get the following bouts, among others:
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall and those who subscribe to Boxingraise, will be able to see a Japan Vs China card. Part of that card will see Japan's Erika Hanawa (9-3, 3) [塙英理加] take on Filipino veteran Jujeath Nagaowa (13-18-1, 8) in a battle for the OPBF female Minimumweight title, in what is the only title bout on the show.
Today the two women took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters made weight, though did so in very different fashion.
On the scales Hanawa was comfortably under the 105lb limit, coming in around 104.25lbs and making weight with a lot of room to spare. She spoke confidently at the weigh in, revealing she had been training with world champions Saemi Hanagata and Ayaka Miyao and had now physically grown into the Minimumweight division, having fought a good portion of her career at Atomweight.
Nagaowa on the other hand came in over weight originally, weighing around 105.6lbs. She was given an hour to lose the excess which she did and came in on the limit. She spoke happily about fighting at the Korakuen Hall again, a venue she has a 1-2 record in, and seemed confident of winning the title and enjoying a good fight.
Fans wanting to watch this bout but can't make their way to the Korakuen Hall, can do so live on Boxingraise.
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Earlier today the brilliant Boxingraise revealed their scheduled for November, which will include 7 shows in total, one of which will be live.
The live show will be on November 10th and is a really good show headlined by Ryuichi Funai (30-7, 21) [船井 龍一] fighting in an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator against Mexican fighter Victor Olivo (15-2-1, 7). As well as that bout the card will also feature a strong support including Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] against Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹], a Japanese Youth Lightweight title bout between Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] would face off with Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] and a Japanese Youth Minimumweight title bout between Yuga Inoue (7-0-1, 1) [井上夕雅] and Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開].
The tape delay cards, which are usually put up 1 to 7 days after they take place, will include the November 16th card headlined by Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], defending against Akihiro Toya(8-4, 1) [戸谷彰宏]. The November 20th card "Victoriva Vol 3", which is headlined by Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] having her third bout with Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子], for the WBA "interim" Atomweight title, and the November 25th show, headlined by Richard Pumicpic (21-8-2, 6) defending the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight against unbeaten teenager Musashi Mori (7-0, 5) [森 武蔵].
Whilst none of these shows are the jaw dropping things that the end of year cards are set to be, they are solid shows for what is a genuinely busy month in Japan!
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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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