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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(Image courtesy of TBS)
On Monday Japanese fight fans in Nagoya, and those globally outside of Japan, will be able to watch a WBO Flyweight world title bout, as Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] defends his title against Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成].
Sadly for fight fans inside Japan, but outside of a small region of Japan, the bout won't be televised live, with CBC not managing to reach a deal with affiliated broadcasters to show the contest. Thankfully however the bout will be shown in tape delay in Tokyo.
Today it was confirmed that TBS in Tokyo would be showing the bout, albeit on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, with a listed time slot of 26:50 on Wednesday, or 2:50am Thursday morning to those who have become accustomed to the Japanese television times.
Given how significant the bout is and how exciting it's expected to be it is a little bit disappointing to see such a delay, though it's partly due to the tape delay broadcast of the bout that we've managed to offer an exclusive worldwide, minus Japan, stream to our readers live on the Asianboxing homepage!
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On September 25th at the Korakuen Hall we'll see former IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] begin his pursuit of a Light Flyweight world title, as he faces unbeaten Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
With the fight taking place on a "Guts Fighting" branded card we expected it to be tape delay.
Whilst we knew the bout wouldn't be live we didn't expect to have a wait over a week.
The bout takes place next Tuesday but won't be shown until October 5th with a 2:52am time slot!
It seems TBS have really dropped the ball in how they are showing this bout, which really should have been given more respect given that they will be wanting to feature Kyoguchi at the end of the year. They have a brilliant fighter in Kyoguchi who is exciting, aggressive and has a great story coming in to this bout, with the youngster looking to move to 108lbs to become a 2-weight champion and avenge the loss of his stablemate to Hekkie Budler, with that bout being rumoured for December.
It's worth noting that it's currently unclear when TBS will be showing the WBO Flyweight title bout between Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] and Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成]. It has been rumoured to be same day delay, but the channel has yet to confirm this.
(Image courtesy of TBS)
On September 8th the Western boxing world will be able to watch "Superfly 3". Sadly Japanese fans wanting to to watch 3-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] make his long awaited return will actually need to wait longer than the rest of us.
The reason for that is that Ioka's US debut, which will see him battle against former 2-time world title challenger McWillaims Arroyo (17-3, 14), has had the Japanese rights secured by TBS who will not be showing the bout live, but instead showing it on Tape Delay the following day. By that point we suspect many will have already seen the bout online.
To their credit TBS have done a small special for the bout on their website, including profiles and a few small videos, but not showing the bout live will be a major hit to the possible audience for the contest.
Amazingly the bout will only be aired in Tokyo for this broadcast with MBS not scheduled to show the contest in Osaka, where Ioka has really made his name. A very odd decision.
For those who can't wait to see Ioka in action, TBS2 are showing a selection of Ioka fights during this coming week, though it does seem awkward of them to show those fights but not his comeback contest.
(Image courtesy of TBS)
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