Earlier today NHK announced that their UHDTV channel BS8K would be showing the WBSS Bantamweight final between Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Filipino icon Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), live.
The bout, which is one most anticipated in Japanese boxing history, will not only see history being made in the ring, with the first ever Asian Muhammad Ali Trophy winner being crowned but will also make history on the screen, with the bout being the first ever to be screened on TV in 8K.
The 8K UHDTV standard isn't one that is widely available, in fact the only channel we could find using the standard was BS8K, a sister channel of NHK, the Japanese national broadcaster. It is however 4 times better than the growing 4K definition that has began taking off in recent years.
The channel will only be airing the main event, meaning that the WBSS final bout will be the first in 8K unlike what we've seen in the past where an obscure under-card bout ends up holding the record for first to do something, and will go live at 9PM local time.
It's worth noting that in March 2018 Sky TV aired the first 4K boxing event, with the Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker event. To get the first 8K broadcast of a fight less than 20 months later is incredibly impressive and a statement of intent from NHK who have announced that BS8K will also show the December 23rd bout featuring WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (15-2, 12) [村田 諒太] and Canadian challenger Steven Butler (28-1-1, 24).
Although NHK are teaming up with Fuji TV for both of these events it's obvious that the future, in Japan, will be more 8K events and we look forward to seeing how this develops going forward.
Although 8K TV's are certainly not a common thing, NHK have been pushing the standard and clearly see 8K as being significant in the future. To now put live boxing over the service is huge news and could well be used to help sell the TV's going forward, and of course selling the UHDTV service the NHK are backing, and backing hard.
For those without 8K TV the bout will, as previously reported, be aired on Japanese terrestrial channel Fuji TV.
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We are now just over a week away from the highly anticipated WBSS Bantamweight Japanese star Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Filipino icon Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), who will battle for the Muhammad Ali trophy, the WBA "super", IBF and Ring Magazine titles.
As well as the brilliant main event the show will also feature a WBC Bantamweight title bout between Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and current WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12).
Over the last few days Fuji TV have revealed the TV details for the card.
The event is set to begin it's broadcast at 19:57 local time, with around 2 hours put aside for show, which will feature both world title bouts.
Of course for fans around the world title times will need to be adjusted, so for British fans wanting to watch the show will begin around 11AM UK time. Of course DAZN in the US will also show the event, and will need to be relied upon to present their own schedule, which we suspect will match up very accurately with Fuji, who are the lead broadcaster for the event.
Whilst it's a shame for an international audience that it's on a "work day", we suspect the number of viewers Fuji will be getting will genuinely be huge, and with over 20,000 tickets sold for the bout the mid-week scheduling has done no harm at all to the expected attendance for the bout.
Earlier today Vesti.kz reported that this weekend's bout between unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8) [Ахмедов Садриддин] and experienced Mexican tough guy Johnny Navarrete (33-15-2, 15), which will be staged in Canada, would be televised in Kazakhstan.
The first rising and highly regarded Akhmedov will be getting shown on Khabar TV in Kazakhstan from 7am local time.
For the talented and unbeaten youngster the bout will be his first bout since he stopped Daniel Vega Cota, back on June 29th. Since then he has gotten married to a Kazakh pop star, and taken a bit of a break from the ring. Despite the break he has remained in great shape and is expected to shine this weekend, with another bout pencilled in for December.
As for Navarrete this will be his 51t professional bout, and despite having 15 losses to his record he has only been stopped 4 time in his long career.
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Back in April we saw the news of a double header in China featuring WBA "regular" Featherweight title by Can Xu (16-2, 2) [徐灿] defending his title against Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] and former WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (18-2-2, 11) [木村翔] challenging WBA Light Flyweight "regular" champion Carlos Canizales (21-0-1, 17). The card is a really good one, and one of the ones to be excited about this weekend.
Surprisingly the bouts aren't being shown live in Japan, despite two world title bouts featuring Japanese fighters, unless you're a member of WOWOW Members on Demand service. WOWOW's scheduled broadcast is set for 8PM on Monday June 3rd, with a replay a few days later.
Thankfully Chinese TV should have us covered, with CCTV5 showing the bouts live from 21:40 local time, with almost 2 hours set aside for the bouts. It appears that CCTV5 will only be showing the world title bouts, an not the under-card.
As for an online Chinese distributor, it appears that QQ are pencilled in to begin their broadcast from 19:30 local time, which likely would include the under-card bouts, as well as the main event bouts.
Will Xu be successful in first defense as he takes on Kubo?
Canizales and Kimura battle for gold in China!
In early May Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] will defend his title against mandatory challenger Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳], in the second meeting between the two men as part of the Champion Carnival.
Sadly the show won't be televised live, with broadcaster G+ recently revealing the show will not be televised until the Wednesday after the show takes place.
The first airing of the card will take place on at 21:30 on Wednesday May 8th, with a rebroadcast on May 29th, at 20:00, not on Saturday, when the bouts take place.
Whilst this is disappointing it is worth nothing that ESPN5 in the Philippines will be showing a card on Saturday whilst this show actually takes place, and it's good to see they won't be clashing for those who will be wanting to stream the cards.
That ESPN5 card, for those interested, will be headlined by Ryo Sagawa (6-1, 4) [佐川遼] challenging Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-2-1, 6) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Super Featherweight title, and may turn out to actually be a better bout than the Sueyoshi Vs Osato match up.
Sueyoshi looks to over-come Osato again! (Preview)
Toyogon and Sagawa battle for regional title! (Preview)
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