In late May the @Zanfernews twitter account broke the news that WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) [山中慎介] would face mandatory challenger Luis Nery (23-0, 17) on August 15th. Today that news was confirmed as Yamanaka took part in a press conference to announce the bout, which will be his 13th world title defense
The Japanese champion, looking to equal the long term record of Yoko Gushiken who recorded 13 world title defenses, confirmed that the bout would take place at the Shimadzu Arena in Kyoto, marking Yamanaka's second defense in the region.
The bout will be aired on NTV, and affiliates, across Japan, though details regarding the under-card are yet to be announced. Despite the lack of announcements we do know that Teiken will look to get some of their promising youngsters on the card and there are a lot of options for them to pack the card with some notable fighters on the rise.
Interestingly, given other big fights in Japan are typically on a weekend, this bout will take place on a Tuesday.
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Next Tuesday sees one of the most interesting match ups of the year as WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17) battles against former long term WBA “super” champion Anselmo Moreno (35-3-1, 12). The bout it one that has connected with the hardcore fans online and has been a big talking point in Japan, where Yamanaka is one of the most popular champions.
Whilst the fight ins't being aired in either Europe or North America we know fans will be interested in viewing the bout. For those fans we're happy to report that the bout will be aired on NTV, which is admittedly no surprise with many of Yamanaka's bouts airing on the channel, and will be aired from 7PM Japanese time. That's 11AM in the UK and 6AM in New York, which perhaps means that many fans in the US will have to set an alarm to catch the fight live.
From what we under-stand the main event will be the only bout aired on the broadcast, which is a shame considering the genuinely good looking Super Featherweight bout between Kenichi Ogawa (15-1, 13) and Deivi Julio Bassa (17-0, 10).
Shinsuke Yamanaka and Anselmo Moreno meet in WBC Bantamweight title clash!
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A few days ago American journalist was on twitter mentioning the TV numbers the most watch bouts in the US this year. The numbers were apparently good overall with several bouts breaking a million and HBO having a clear dominance on the market place. Those numbers however look paltry compared to some Japanese TV figures, such as the figures provided for yesterday's WBC Bantamweight world title clash between the popular and unbeaten world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16) and the aggressive Thai challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-6-1, 16).
The Kanto region of Japan reported that 11.8% of the viewers tuned in on average for the fight. When you consider Kanto's population is more than 40 million and accounts for about 1/3 of the entire Japanese population it's fair to say we are talking about millions tuning in to see the fight.
Whilst the exact numbers for the all of Japan haven't been released the fight does show partially what appeal Yamanaka has in Japan and also the effect of what boxing can do on free-to-air TV where, lets be honest, boxing has the potential to draw huge audiences if done properly, as it was yesterday. It's also worth remembering that the fight was a stand alone televised bout on NTV, the thing is it was a good one and good bouts do sell, as doe exciting fighters with KO power.
If you've not seen the bout yet we do have a video of it up here, trust us it's well worth a watch.
In a move that we considering a little bit surprising, but very good, it's been confirmed that Japanese terrestrial channel NTV (Nippon TeleVision) will be airing "World Premium Boxing 19 The REAL double World Championship".
Despite it's long title this a show that, we believe, everyone with even a passing interest in boxing, should be excited about because it's the show that features Shinsuke Yamanaka's (20-0-2, 15) up coming WBC Bantamweight title defense againse Belgian Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 14) and also the IBF Super Bantamweight challenge of Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15) who will be battling against Spanish world champion Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22).
From what we understand the broadcast will begin at 19:00 local time and finish at 20:54 featuring both bouts in full. We think that if one bout does finish early the channel will make room to fit in some footage from Takahiro Ao's (25-3-1, 12) fight with Marco Antonio Lopez (23-3, 14) which is the major under-card bout on the show.
As we said, this is great news. We had really worried about it being on WOWOW, a pay subscription channel, after Yamanaka's last bout was televised on the channel, though with this one being on NTV it means those with Key Hole TV and NijiTV will be able to watch the action, as will those who manage to find a stream or get to see it in Japan.
We hope to bring you a build up feature for this show soon though with it just being a week away we understand some fans are already very excited and will be even more excited to know they can now watch it live.
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