Today fight fans around the globe will be tuned into a Japanese card taking place in Yokohama, where fans will get the chance to see two world title bouts. Sadly the broadcast is only set for 2 hours and will miss out on a lot of the under-card action. That means fans outside of those in the arena will be unable to watch two very notable match ups.
Those bouts in question are the first OPBF Featherweight title defense by Satoshi Shimizu (4-0, 4) [清水 聡], who will be taking on Filipino challenger Eduardo Mancito (15-7-2, 9). Some fans were puzzled by this bout not being on terrestrial TV, given the huge push that Fuji appear to be giving Shimizu, but given the limited time slot of the show this was understandable. The other bout of note was an all Japanese bout between former 2-time Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (27-8, 15) [益田 健太郎] and the unbeaten Takuma Inoue (9-0, 2) [井上 拓真], with Inoue being lined up for world title fights in 2018.
It turns out that both those bouts will be televised on BS Fuji on January 6th of December, albeit in a potentially editted format, as part of "Fuji Boxing 2017 - Another Edition", which is set to be televised from 23:00 to 23:45.
Unfortunately the bout between Koki Inoue (9-0, 8) [浩樹井上] and Dong Hee Kim (8-1-2, 3) isn't listed as being included on the broadcast.
Shimizu takes on Mancito in first OPBF title defense
(Image courtesy of bsfuji.tv)
Earlier today we reported that Fuji TV, and it's affiliates, will be airing the upcoming world title fights between WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] and mandatory challenger David Carmona (20-2-5, 8) and the IBF Light Flyweight title bout between champion Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫 東] and the exciting Martin Tecuapetla (13-6, 10).
For fans interested in the under-card there is some good-news/bad-news.
The bouts featuring Takuma Inoue (6-0, 1) [井上 拓真], Koki Inoue (2-0, 2) [浩樹井上] and Ryo Matsumoto (17-0, 15) [松本 亮] will not be shown live, and they will not be shown on terrestrial TV.
That's the bad news.
The good news however is that they will be aired, across Japan, on BS Fuji on May 14th, with the channel putting some time aside to show footage from their bouts. Sadly the time slot will only be 55 minutes meaning it's very unlikely that all 3 bouts will air in their entirety.
For those unaware BS Fuji is a paid channel and streams for it outside of Japan are very rare and inconsistent meaning many fans will miss out on the bouts. Hopefully though Fuji will see the reason to invest in the talented and unbeaten trio who could all go on to win world titles in the near future.
TV details for Ohashi's show this weekend
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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