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 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.
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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