Next month we'll see WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] battle against IBF Bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12) in their WBSS semi-final bout.
We've known for a while that the bout would get live Japanese TV coverage, on WOWOW and DAZN in the US. Now we know a lot more details in regards to other coverage of the bout.
First Sky Sports in the UK will air the bout, taking it away from the free to air platform on youtube for British fans. This is a mixed bag in some ways. Sky can certainly market the show and will increase the profile of the competition, and will ease the rumoured financial issues of the WBSS. It will however put the event behind a paywall, albeit a less awkward one than the ITV PPV platform that proved to be a nightmare for season 1.
Secondly Japanese fans, who are getting it live on WOWOW as part of their subscription service, will also get the bout on free TV on delay, with it being shown from 9PM on Sunday across the Fuji TV network. It's certainly not as good as live terrestrial TV coverage, but with it being a prime time delivery, on the same day as the event, this is still amazing news and gives Japanese fans a great opportunity to see the fight, even if they don't have WOWOW.
It's worth noting that Sky Sports won't just being showing the Glasgow card on May 18th, but the other WBSS semi-final cards as part of a new distribution deal between the tournament and the channel.
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