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)
Earlier today the Watanabe Gym held a press conference to finally announce their New Year's Eve show, and despite the somewhat late nature of the announce it seems that the Tokyo based gym have exceeded expectations.
The promotional stable announced that their show for December 31st would be a double header. One of those has long been known about, and will be a mandatory defense of the IBF Minimumweight title by youngter Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6) [京口 紘人], who makes his first defense as he takes on Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago (30-2-1-1, 17).
This bout has been known about prety much since Kyoguchi won the the title, and is a genuinely brilliant match up that should see both men bring their A-game and fans get a really exciting action battle between two top fighters.
Whilst Kyoguchi Vs Buitrago is a great bout, it's likelyto actually be over-shadowed by the other bout announced today. That will see WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12) [田口良一] unify against IBF champion Milan Melindo (37-2, 13) in what will be a very rare unification bout at 108lbs. Both of these fighters are fantastic fighters, with styles that can be very exciting with the right opponents, and both always seem to bring their best when they face better opponents.
For Melindo the bout will serve as his second, defending the title he won from popular Japanese warrior Akira Yaegashi,whilst Taguchi looks to continue his reign and record his 7th defense, It's also worth noting that Taguchi had been in previous talks to face WBO champion Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6) [田中恒成], with that bout now expected to take place in 2018, due to injuries suffered by Tanaka last time out.
The announcement this morning not only announced the two bouts but also confirmed a previous story. The card will be aired on TBS, and not TV Tokyo, with the Watanabe/TV Tokyo deal looking like it is now over, and whilst it gives Kyoguchi and Taguchi a much bigger platform going forward it is a shame that TV Tokyo seems to have pulled out of boxing, and that we'll only be getting one December 31st card going forward.
(Image courtesy of http://www.sponichi.co.jp)
Over the last few years we've seen Japanese boxing have a huge flurry of activity in late December, with TBS and TV Tokyo both having big shows on December 31st. The headline act for TBS has been 3-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔], who saw his father state he wouldn't be in action to end 2017,whilst TV Tokyo has been the platform for Super Featherweight Takashi Uchiyama (24-2-1, 20) [内山 高志], who announced his retirement earlier this year.
With Ioka and Uchiyama both now out of the end of year action it's fair to say that we are set for changes in the way Japanese TV show boxing, especially in late December.
The rumour coming out of Japan is a genuinely big one, that seems to suggest the end of TV Toyko's involvement in boxing.
According to sources TV Tokyo will not air a December 31st card this year, and more importantly their long association with Watanabe gym looks to be over. With Watanabe now, apparently, having inked a deal with TBS to air their yet to be announced December 31st show.
Reports suggest that Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6) [京口 紘人] will defend the IBF Minimumweight title against Carlos Buitrago (30-2-1-1, 17) in the headline bout of a TBS aired card on New Year's Eve. That report matches up with original plans to have a Light Flyweight unification bout between WBO champion Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6) [田中恒成] and WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12) [田口良一], which was set to be aired on TBS before Tanaka suffered an injury.
Although yet to be confirmed a move from TV Tokyo by Watanabe would likely end the channel's association with the sport, for the foreseeable future, and potentially push the sport to becoming dominated in Japan by TBS and Fuji TV, who will be two very power channels going forward, who have almost every world champion in Japan, with WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 8) [木村翔] and WBO Minimumweight Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4) [山中 竜也] fighting outside of the TBS and Fuji TV bubbles.
It needs to be noted that no offical announcement about any of the year ending shows have been made, but we're expecting them shortly, and this story may be confirmed very shortly.
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