On December 10th OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (8-0-1, 3) [三代大訓] will make his next defense, as he takes on 23 year old challenger Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-1, 7) [木村吉光]. Today we can confirm that that bout is set to be shown on TV, albeit on tape delay, as part of TBS's "Guts Fighting" series of shows.
For Mishiro the bout will be his 4th defense and promotional company Watanabe Gym seem to view his rise as something worthy of serious attention. They have already pushed him on to the fast track to the top, and he won the title in just his 6th professional bout, taking a decision over Carlo Magali. Although he failed to unify the title with the Japanese belt, fighting to a draw in 2018 with Masaru Sueyoshi, it's clear that his team have big plans for him, and likely see him as their successor to former WBA world champion Takashi Uchiyama. Since winning the belt not only has Mishiro retained it, with the draw, against Sueyoshi but also scored notable wins over Takuya Watanabe and Ryo Takenaka.
As for Kimura this will be a second shot a belt for him, following a competitive loss to Richard Pumicpic for the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title. Since that loss Kimura has moved up in weight and has built some momentum coming in to this bout.
The bout will be aired aired just days later, with the broadcast also expected to help promote the New Year's Eve card which TBS will be showing live.
At the moment it's unclear whether TBS will also air some form of footage of the very interesting chief support bout between Yudai Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡優大] and OPBF Minimumweight champion Lito Dante (16-10-4, 8).
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Back in September news broke that WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔] would be returning to the ring on December 31st to defend his title in a mandatory defense against Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron (10-1-0-1, 5).
Today that bout was officially announced, with Ioka holding a press conference to confirm the details of the bout, and talk about the contest.
Although not every was confirmed, what was did match up with what we'd already reported.
The bout between the two will indeed take place on December 31st at Ota Ward Gymnasium and will be shown on TBS. That confirmed a previous reported. There was no under-card bouts announced, though a deal is said to have been getting finalised recently and will be announced in the near future. That is said to be a huge Flyweight bout and will feature one of the other fights associated with TBS, meaning.
Ioka seemed to suggest that fighting on New Year's Eve allowed him to end the year happy. To prepare for Cintron he would be participating in a US training came from end of October, with his wife and son accompanying him over to the US. He explained that having family around had a positive impact on him, and he might bring his son into the ring if he wins against Cintron
In regard to Cintron we saw Ioka admit that he had "only seen the footage of the fight with Eto" though admit that "he moves well" and had a "a high level of skill because of his time as an amateur".
Unlike last year, where TBS's scheduled time frame for Ioka's fight was known before the bout was announced, this year the bout has been announced before TBS have clarified their end of year activities. Whilst it's unclear what TBS will doing for their general end of year show, we're personally hoping for a return to KYOKUGEN as they were always wonderfully entertaining and fun.
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On July 27th we get a stacked card from Dangan and Watanabe. The hope had long been for the card to be made available live on Boxing Raise, given that Dangan were involved in the promotion of the show. Sadly however it's now clear that Boxing Raise will not have the show live.
Instead Japanese premium service Paravi will have the card streamed live online, allowing only Japanese viewers to watch the card which features a brilliant triple header of title fights.
The show will be headlined by OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], in what looks like a solid third defense for the champion.
As well as the main event the other title bouts on the card will see Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] taking on mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] and the next bout in the career of the highly touted Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] , who faces Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
Although the live broadcast news is hugely disappointing it is worth noting that TBS will show parts of the card, as part of their "Guts Fighting" series, just 2 days later on free TV, giving the fighters a chance to show what they can do to a wider audience than Boxing Raise could ever manage. In a way this is a silver lining to the gray cloud.
Mishiro takes on Takenaka in latest OPBF title defense
Saito and Suzuki battle for Japanese crown
Shigeoka goes for regional title against Azarcon!
On the February 26th we'll see hard hitting Filipino Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) make his first defense of the WBO Minimumweight title, as he travels to Japan to face Masataka Taniguchi (11-2, 7) [谷口 将隆].
As previously reported this bout will not be aired live in Japan, with TBS instead showing it as part of of their tape delay "Guts Fighting" series.
Whilst that's disappointing we have now got a time and date for the broadcast of the fight,
The bout will be shown on February 28th at 2:35 local time. Whilst it is disappointing that such a great fight won't be getting a live telecast it is good to know that we won't be waiting weeks to see the contest.
On December 31st we're in for a treat with a year ending show from Macau, with a mouth watering main event between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23), who will be fighting for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight title.
After several people have asked we've decided to compile the TV details for the show.
Firstly the boxing will begin to be televised at 5PM Tokyo time, with TBS airing the bout between WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10) and Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人]. This bout will be televised live as part of it's own broadcast. For UK readers this is 8AM
At 6PM Tokyo time TBS will begin to air a special event that combines the Ioka Vs Neites fight with a special edition of Sasuke, a show that is known internationally as "Ninja Warrior". The fight will be shown live during the broadcast, though the timing specifics don't seem to be hard set due to the fact there is live action between Kyoguchi's bout and Ioka's
For those in the Philippines the Nietes Vs Ioka bout will be shown on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, at 9PM, which is 10PM in Tokyo, though it's unclear at the moment whether the bout will be shown immediately or a studio segment and video packages will fill time.
Sadly the IBF Flyweight title bout, between defending champion Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24) and Japan's Masahiro Sakamoto (13-1, 9) [坂本真宏] isn't set to be shown on either the Filipino or Japanese broadcast, though is pencilled in for a tape delaying showing in Japan. This has been reported as being January 23rd, though has yet to be confirmed.
The main event, between Ioka and Neites, is also scheduled to be shown on http://live.qq.com, beginning at 17:10 in China though it's unclear what this broadcast will include.
Sadly we can't localise all times, though Japanese time is 9 hours ahead of the UK, meaning the Kyoguchi bout will be at 8AM in the UK and the Sasuke/Ioka Vs Nietes broadcast will begin at 9AM.
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