On December 29th fans in Japan had the chance to see a pair of world title fights on Fuji TV. Now it's been revealed that bouts from the under-card of that show were filmed for broadcast and will now be aired on January 8th as part of "Boxing Fes 2015 - Another Edition".
The telecast, which is to air on Friday night at midnight, is scheduled to last 80 minutes and show footage from the following bouts-
Satoshi Hosono Vs Akifumi Shimoda, a bout for the Japanese Featherweight title held by Hosono,
Takuma Inoue Vs Rene Dacquel, a bout for the OPBF Super Flyweight title held by Inoue,
and Koki Inoue Vs Jackson Koel Lapie, in what was Koki's professional debut.
Of course given the broadcast window it's clear that the bouts will only be abridged footage, except in the case of Koki Inoue's debut which only lasted a couple of minutes, though it's still great to see footage from those bouts being aired.
Sadly however the broadcast isn't on Fuji's terrestrial channel, instead it's on Fuji BS, a channel that is on satellite in Japan and very tough for international viewers to access. Hopefully however the footage will hit the video sites in the days following the broadcast.
The Inoue family are hoping that December 29th 2015 goes down as a huge day for the family, who are involved in three bouts. It;s fair to say that things have got off to a good start with one of the family members, Koki Inoue (1-0, 1, getting the action under-way in the perfect way with an opening round victory over Jackson Koel Lapie (2-2)
The debuting Inoue looked in control from the opening bell and it was clear, within seconds, that the two men weren't ever going to have a competitive match up. Inoue found a home for his left hand very quickly and it was clear that he was going to be able to land at will. Rather than dragging the action out he went for the finish early on and saw off Koel Lapie in just 164 seconds, leaving him down for the count.
After the bout the youngster stated that his intention was to become a world champion, though he is a very long way away from that. Hopefully a return to the ring in early 2016 will see him being given a better test than he was here, as this did little other than showcase his ability in what was, essentially, a cameo win that came hours before his cousins, Naoya Inoue and Takuma Inoue took part in their title defences.
Over the 8 days there is a lot of televised action in Japan. The first of 4 shows featuring world title bouts comes on December 29th courtesy of Ohashi, who are the promoters of the show, and Fuji TV, who will air the headline bouts from the card.
The TV broadcast is set to air from 19:00 local time and is scheduled to finish at 20:57, there is however some leeway with the broadcast given a possible extension time of 21:27 if Fuji TV need it.
Sadly for those wanting to watch the whole card, which is possibly the most stacked and interesting card of the year, you will be left disappointed.
The only bouts which will be aired, for definite, are the two world title bouts. Those bouts will see Akira Yaegashi (22-5, 12) challenge IBF Light Flyweight champion Javier Mendoza (24-6-1, 21) and Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) defending his WBO Super Flyweight title against Filipino slugger Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21).
Given the minimum time slot it's fair to say that early KO's in both main bouts will allow Fuji TV to air highlights of other bouts on the card, which include a brilliant Japanese Featherweight title match between Satoshi Hosono (29-2-1, 20) and Akifumi Shimoda (30-4-2, 13), the debut of Koki Inoue (0-0) and a an OPBF Super Flyweight title bout between Takuma Inoue (5-0, 1) and Rene Dacquel (15-5-1, 5).
On December 29th Japanese fans get a real treat with Ohashi putting on their year ending show, a show that promises to be one of the very best cards of the year. The show is set to be headlined by a pair of world title bouts, one of which will see Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) return to the ring for his first bout of the year, whilst the supporting card will feature an OPBF title bout, featuring Takuma Inoue (5-0, 1) and a Japanese title bout between former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (29-2-1, 20) and former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-4-2, 13).
Whilst the show is littered with established fighters fighting in notable bouts it will also feature a highly anticipated debut as the touted Koki Inoue (0-0) kicks off his professional career. The talented Inoue, the cousin of Naoya and Takuma, recently claimed his B license and has since had his debut opponent announced.
The former amateur stand out will be up against Indonesian visitor Arif Maud (1-2, 1)* in a 6 round bout scheduled to be fought at 140lbs.
Whilst we know that Inoue was a former amateur stand out, who is trained by his uncle Shingo, we really don't know much about the Indonesian, who is thought to have an incomplete record. What we do know is that he has been stopped in 2 of his 3 recorded bouts, with one of those losses coming to Larry Siwu, who has since gone on to claim a WBO regional title at 147lbs, and has scored a stoppage win over Jack Madison.
If Hiroki has half the talent of his two cousins then this should be over very quickly with Hiroki then likely to face a real test in 2016. Whilst Maud may not be any sort of a test for the Japanese youngster it's nice to see Inoue begin in 6 rounders with the plan likely being to push him towards 8 rounders next year and possibly even begin a chase of a Japanese title in 2017.
Every so often a show comes along that is simply brilliant. A card that stands out as a true testament of how good out sport can be and proof that sometimes boxing really does get it right with match ups that make sense, fights that look good on paper and bouts that will see fighters getting tested.
One such card comes on December 29th this year as Ohashi Gym put on their second "FES" show, a card dubbed a boxing festival.
The "Boxing FES 2015" already has numerous great bouts lined up such as Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) returning after all most a year out to defend his WBO Super Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21), a mouth watering IBF Light Flyweight title bout between aggressive champion Javier Mendoza (24-2-1, 19) and all-action Japanese challenger Akira Yaegashi (22-5, 12), a Japanese Featherweight title bout between heavy handed champion Satoshi Hosono (29-2-1, 20) and former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-4-2, 13), an OPBF title fight between Super Flyweight champion Takuma Inoue (5-0, 1) and Filipino challenger Rene Dacquel (15-5-1, 5) and bouts featuring Ryo Matsumoto (16-0, 14) and Hiroki Inoue (0-0).
To describe the show as a festival really is apt and the show really is a treat for those who will be in attendance.
More than a month ahead of the show Ohashi has released a poster featuring the 6 Ohashi gym fighters who will be in notable matchups, the Inoue's, Yaegashi, Matsumoto and Hosono, with 5 of the men pictured with belts showing just how much talent is on the card.
Whilst the poster might not be as artistically pleasing as the poster Ohashi used for "The Fight" the card really is something special and the bout line up, which is partially featured on the poster, speaks for it's self. If you like boxing then this really is something very special. If you can't see that then maybe this sport isn't for you.
(Image courtesy of the Ohashi gym blog)
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