It's fair to say this past weekend was a big one for boxing fans,with a number of notable bouts, including the Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor super fight. Thankfully we don't need to wait long for more televised boxing, and we've known for a while that G+ would be showing a live card next Saturday, headlined by Masayuki Ito.
That G+ card won't be the only one being aired live on Japanese TV next weekend, as it's also been confirmed that KTV (Kansai TV), will air the WBA Super Bantamweight title fight between Shun Kubo (12-0, 9) [久保隼] and Daniel Roman (22-2-1, 8) live on Sunday, from 4PM local time.
The telecast for the card is only set to show the main event, with the broadcast set to end at 4:55PM, though there is a chance of an extention if the telecast needs it. This unfortunately means we won't be getting the Japanese Minimumweight title fight, between Reiya Konishi (12-0, 5) [小西 伶弥] and Shin Ono (20-8-3, 4) [小野 心], or the OPBF Lightweight title fight, between Masayoshi Nakatani (14-0, 8) [中谷 正義] and Ryan Sermona (20-8-1, 13), but we will be getting the world title fight.
Shun Kubo hunts for first defence, takes on Daniel Roman!
(Image courtesy of KTV)
This past weekend was a huge one for Japanese fight fans, with 4 world title fights aired in full on Fuji TV. Those bouts were highly anticipated and were a major ratings smash, even if some of the fights failed to be great bouts.
The biggest success story for ratings was the WBA Middleweight title fight that saw Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] suffer a hugely controversial loss to Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21). The bout got a huge number of viewers which averaged 17.8% in Kanto and 18.4% in Kansai, with Kanto peaking at 23.2%. To put that into raw numbers the bout got 11.4 million average viewers from those two regions, and peaked in Kanto at just under 10 million.
The WBC Flyweight title bout between Juan Hernandez Navarrete (34-3, 25) and Daigo Higa (13-0, 13) [比嘉 大吾] managed to draw a huge 9.5% on average in Kanto and a 13.1% peak, That means the average for Kanto alone was more than 4 million and that peak was above 5.5 million viewers
The Sunday was less notable in terms of viewers. The IBF Light Flyweight that saw Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13) [八重樫 東] being blown out in a round by Filipino Milan Melindo (36-2, 13) averaged at 8.2%, which is just under 3.5 million, in Kanto and peaked at 12.3%, which is just under 5.25 million viewers.
The WBO Super Flyweight title bout which saw Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO Super Flyweight title against Ricardo Rodriguez (16-4, 5) drew a peak identical to Yaegashi's bout, with a peak rating of 12.3% or just under 5.25 million, but had an average of 9.7%, or just over 4 million.
The ratings for the Inoue bout were less than expected, but Fuji TV have described them as high given that the whole show lasted only 4 rounds of action.
One notable thing they have mentioned is that Murata's fight attracted a lot of female viewers and it seems like that is something Fuji will build on, with the channel also said to be interested in running more double weekend blockbusters in the future.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
This coming Sunday sees Japanese fans having a treat with a world title double header being televised live on free TV via TBS and it's affiliate channels.
The card will see WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (21-1, 13) [井岡一翔] defend his title against Thai challenger Noknoi Sitthiprasert (62-4, 38) [นกน้อย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and will also see WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12) defending his title against Japan's Shohei Omori (18-1, 13) [大森 将平].
For fans interested in the show it will be televised from 19:00 on Sunday with a 2 hour time slow put aside for the event, ending at 21:00. As mentioned it will be on TBS and it's regional affiliates, such as MBS in Osaka. For fans around the globe that'll be 11AM UK time and 6AM for fans in New York, so we hope our international readers will be able to work out specific times for areas based on the same we've given.
Tapales looks for a repeat as he takes on Omori!
Kazuto Ioka looks to end Noknoi's 61 fight winning run!
(Image courtesy of TBS)
This week is a huge one for fight fans with a host of title fights taking place over 2 days, and 4 shows, in Japan. For those interested in those shows we have collated the TV details for all of those cards. Please that all times are in Tokyo time, which is +9 UTC. You will sadly have to convert the times in to your local times, however putting "tokyo time converter" into google should do the hard work for you.
Fuji TV 18:00-20:54
The first of the cards set to be aired comes on Friday and will have 3 bouts from it televised. The bouts set to be aired are the WBO Super Flyweight title bout between defending champion Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] and Japanese challenger Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13) [河野 公平], the IBF Light Flyweight title bout between Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12) [八重樫 東] and Thai challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (33-5, 11)* [สามารถเล็ก ปูนอินทรียิม] and the Middleweight bout between 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (11-0, 8) [村田 諒太] and once beaten Mexican fighter Bruno Sandoval (19-1-1, 15).
CBC / Online 15:00-15:57
The second card to get some television attention is the Hatanaka card from Gifu. The only televised bout from this card will be the WBO Light Flyweight title bout between Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4) [田中恒成] and Moises Fuentes (24-2-1, 13). The bout is arguably the best looking of the day's world title fights and is a really interesting match up between two former world champions. Not only CBC showing this in Chukyo but they have also organised a free and legal stream for the bout, which will be on the link featured below.
A second stream, with Japanese commentary, will be available here: http://hicbc.com/tv/soulfighting/
The second of the shows to be broadcast on New Year's Eve will be the Woz promoted card from Hyogo. The card is set to be featured as part of TBS's KYOKUGEN 2016, a huge end of year TV extravaganza that typically features various celebrities and sports stars. The card was originally set to be aired a triple title show but follow the pull out of Lee Haskins we'll only be getting two bouts. They will see a WBA Flyweight title bout between regular champion Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔] and interim champion Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม] and an IBF Super Bantamweight title bout between Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] and defending champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22).
A thing to note about this card is that it won't be for the 5 hour window, instead it will be contained within the 5 hour time frame, with TBS unwilling to schedule it for a set time and allowing it to float inside the KYOKUGEN slot.
TV Tokyo 21:30-23:30
The final show of the year is the TV Tokyo shown “The best of Best” and features another world title double header. The bouts here will be a WBA Light Flyweight title bout between reigning Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11) [田口良一] and the unbeaten Carlos Canizales (16-0, 13) and the anticipated rematch between WBA Super Featherweight "super" champion Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8) and Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志]. Sadly given the time slot it seems unlike that we'll get the chance to see the brilliant match up between Masayuki Ito (19-1-1, 9) [伊藤 雅雪] and Takuya Watanabe (30-6-1, 16) [渡邉 卓也], who fight to unify the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight titles.
This coming Sunday promises to be a a huge day for Japanese fight fans with world champions Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] and Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫 東] both defending their titles, on a card that also features Takuma Inoue (6-0, 1) [井上 拓真], defending his OPBF title, Ryo Matsumoto (17-0, 15) [松本 亮] in a stay busy fight and Koki Inoue (2-0, 2) [浩樹井上] in his third professional contest.
For fight fans across Japan the two main bouts will be aired live on TV with Inoue defending his WBO Super Flyweight title against mandatory challenger David Carmona (20-2-5, 8) whilst Yaegashi will be up against the exciting Martin Tecuapetla (13-6, 10).
For fans interested in watching the show it will be aired between 19:00 local time and 20:54 with both main bouts being aired in full. For UK fans that means the card will begin at 11:00 and finish at around 13:00.
As for the coverage it will be aired, not "Fuji TV across the country" but on the channels affiliated with the Fuji News Network. For fans in Tokyo that will be Fuji TV, for fans in Osaka it will be KTV, for fans in Aichi it will be Tokai, etc.
Of course for international fans, who will likely have access to a Fuji TV stream, those details aren't necessary, however they are interesting with the affiliates increasing the potential audience for the show by millions. With that in mind we suspect the card could break 10,000,000 viewers across the country, with Fuji cleverly showing the bouts live just after the golden week.
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