One of the best bouts of the year!
CBC proudly announces the streaming of the bout
for free on http://www.asianboxing.info/ worldwide*.
WBO World Flyweight Title Match
Kosei Tanaka (WBO Flyweight Champion) VS Ryoichi Taguchi (WBO #4 Flyweight)
Date March 16th from 16:00 (Japan time)
*For domestic audiences, the program will be available on TBS Network 28 channels.
Kosei Tanaka became the quickest fighter to become a 3 weight world champion, doing so in his 12th professional, bout last September. The bout with Sho Kimura was wild and Kosei won the title by a hair. The bout itself was chosen as the WBO's Best Fight of 2018, and was widely regarded as one of the best fights of the year by independent publications, and was a great opportunity for Kosei to show his exciting style to boxing fans all over the world.
Kosei had been keen to face Ryoichi Taguchi, who won WBA Light Flyweight Champion, for years. The best chance came in 2017 however plans were cancelled due to Kosei suffering a serious injury in September that year. During Kosei's time recovering from his injury, Ryoichi defeated Milan Melindo on new year's eve 2017 and became Japan's most recent unified champion, adding the IBF title to his collection.
Since then, Ryoichi has lost the Light Flyweight belts and now is heading to the Flyweight division, and the WBO title. Kosei says the bout with Ryoichi is “destiny” and he states the fight will be his best bout.
As a boxer from the Chubu region, CBC supports Kosei from his debut. Our mission is to build his fan base from different countries and we strongly hope the streaming will increase expose between Kosei and his fans living in a variety of countries.
As well as the fantastic main event, the undercard will also be streamed to an international audience. This gives fight fans a chance to see not only the brightest talent in the Chubu region but also other emerging talents like Kento Hatanaka and Konshin Takeshima, who between them have scored 9 wins, all by knockout, and former Japanese Youth champion Takuya Mizuno.
We greatly thank Asianboxing.info, their representative Scott Graveson and all writers on Asianboxing.info, who cooperate with us from Kosei’s last bout with Sho Kimura.
CBC TELEVISION CO., LTD
At the end of 2016 Japanese TV channel CBC live streamed a WBO Light Flyweight world title bout which saw Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成] become a two-weight world champion, as he stopped Moises Fuentes. A few weeks ago we e-mailed CBC to enquire whether they would be showing Tanaka's next bout as well, and today we were sent the following press release, which certainly has some good news about Tanaka's May 20th bout with Angel Acosta (16-0, 16).
Free International Live-Streaming of the World Title Match on May 20th 2017 (Japan Time)
CBC TELEVISION proudly announces that we webcast WBO World Jr-Fly Weight Title Match held at TEVA OCEAN ARENA, Japan on May 20th 2017 for FREE.
International webcast except for Japan.
WBO World Jr-Fly Weight Title Match
Champion Kosei Tanaka (JAPAN/Hatanaka Promotion) vs Rank 1st Angel Tito Acosta (Puerto Rico/Promociones Miguel Cotto)
Kosei Tanaka (JAPAN/Hatanaka Promotion) and Angel Tito Acosta (Puerto Rico/Promociones Miguel Cotto)
Seoul 16:00~ on 20th
Manila 15:00~ on 20th
Paris 9:00~ on 20th
London 8:00~ on 20th
Rio De Janeiro 4:00~ on 20th
San Juan 3:00~ on 20th
New York 3:00~ on 20th
Mexico City 2:00~ on 19th
[How to stream]
Please access URL below.
http://cbc-global.jp/sports/ (With an English commentator)
This match is being given great attention for Kosei Tanaka who won 4 amateur titles, won WBO World Minimum Weight title at his 5th fight from his great debut in May 2015, and has achieved the champions for two classes of weight division by beating Moises Fuentes (Mexico) who’s already won the champions for two classes of weight division.
This is Kosei’s very first defense match by welcoming Angel Acosta from Puerto Rico, who has the perfect record with 16 matches 16 wins 16 KO. It will be a great survival match between champion Tanaka and Acosta known as a second coming of Wilfredo Gomez , which is said by WBO President Francisco Valcarsel.
CBC TELEVISION provides you a great experience people in the world enjoy the same content together through international webcast.
We have been broadcasting Kosei’s match since his debut on our regional free TV, and we had many offers for the footage for a long time. This movement became a trigger of free webcasting from Kosei’s last match with Fuentes. It is such a great opportunity for boxing fans all over the world to enjoy a great match for free.
Hatanaka Promotion Chair Man Kiyoshi Hatanaka comments;
Kosei talks his goal is to win FIVE classes of weight division in the future. As he beautifully completed his last match with Fuentes only by 5 round, boxing fans and related people’s mark to Kosei is rapidly growing. We cannot wait Kosei wins this great fighter Acosta who has been making a perfect record so far.
Kosei is still only 21 years old and highly talented, so that I believe his dream is not only a dream but he can achieve it. I expect him to cross over domestic level and to be a world boxing hero. I like you to enjoy his “chapter two” through this live-streaming opportunity.
CBC TELEVISION CO., LTD Department of Business Strategy Shogo Eguchi
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It's fair to say that your typical, modern day, boxing fan won't be able to many, if any, active Korean fighters. This weekend however they will get the chance to see a card from Korea live and for free with promoter Daehan Boxing putting their next show on youtube, as well as Korean channel KBS N Sports.
The broadcast on youtube, which we've embedded below, will begin with the under-card bouts, which will feature mostly low level contests though does have touted Japanese female fighter Chaoz Minowa (1-0, 1) [チャオズ箕輪] battling Chan Mi Lim (2-1, 2) in a 6 rounder in the final of the under-card bouts.
Now it's not clear if the Youtube broadcast will show the entire card, though suspicion is that it might, which would mean that fans tuning in to the free stream will get the chance to see a Korean Super Middleweight title fight, between defending champion Geun Sik Choi (3-0, 2) [최근식] and challenger Bang Jong Min (3-6-1)* [방종민], a non title fight between Dong Hee Kim (5-1-1, 1) and Filipino Ernie Sanchez (15-8-1, 6) as well as the main event bout between Je Ni Ma (9-1-3, 8) [마제니] battle Hironobu Matsunaga (10-1, 5) [松永 宏], who face off for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title.
Although Korean boxing certainly isn't riding high there is hope there and with more shows being streamed it can help raise the profile and awareness of the Korean scene, which is seemingly on the upturn even if it's a long, long, long way from it's prime of the 80's.
For those interested in the feed you can either book mark this page, and watch it below, or go to to the promoters youtube channel, which is here 대한프로모션.
In recent years fans in various countries have had the opportunity to see domestic boxing for free on TV. That boxing has ranged in quality from brilliant to awful but it's often been limited to merely being shown to a domestic audience.
This coming Sunday however fans worldwide get a treat as Korean promoter Andy Kim, of AK Promotions, will be streaming his show "Homecoming" internationally, and free, over Youtube.
The show in question will feature a pair of Korean title bouts, with the most interesting being a Korean Light Middleweight title fight between rising 18 year old star Kyoo Hwan Hwang (1-0, 1) and Chan Hee Park (5-5-1). The bout is really interesting with Hwang being viewed as, potentially, the best Korean prospect in years.
For those wanting to tune in to the show it should be available here and will be aired live.
At the moment we can't say much about the quality of the stream or the over-all production values but we have been impressed by previous AK Promotion shows, which have been put on youtube after they've taken place. In the past the production of the AK shows has been significantly better than any of the other shows from Korea and we're hoping for more of the same here.
Whilst we're hoping AK will publish the show, or at least bouts from it, following the event it isn't yet confirmed. What is confirmed, by Mr Kim, is that the show will be available live and we suggest tuning in if you're able to, if nothing else it will be a chance to see if Hwang is as good as hyped.
(Image courtesy of akpromotions.co.kr)
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