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)
Next month we'll see WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] battle against IBF Bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12) in their WBSS semi-final bout.
We've known for a while that the bout would get live Japanese TV coverage, on WOWOW and DAZN in the US. Now we know a lot more details in regards to other coverage of the bout.
First Sky Sports in the UK will air the bout, taking it away from the free to air platform on youtube for British fans. This is a mixed bag in some ways. Sky can certainly market the show and will increase the profile of the competition, and will ease the rumoured financial issues of the WBSS. It will however put the event behind a paywall, albeit a less awkward one than the ITV PPV platform that proved to be a nightmare for season 1.
Secondly Japanese fans, who are getting it live on WOWOW as part of their subscription service, will also get the bout on free TV on delay, with it being shown from 9PM on Sunday across the Fuji TV network. It's certainly not as good as live terrestrial TV coverage, but with it being a prime time delivery, on the same day as the event, this is still amazing news and gives Japanese fans a great opportunity to see the fight, even if they don't have WOWOW.
It's worth noting that Sky Sports won't just being showing the Glasgow card on May 18th, but the other WBSS semi-final cards as part of a new distribution deal between the tournament and the channel.
On May 13th Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] will have his second world title shot, as he challenges IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (37-2, 25) at the Korakuen Hall.
Today we've been informed of a number of details regarding that fight, it's broadcast and the release of a promotional video, thanks to Irving Koji.
The bout is going to be aired in the Kanagawa region on TVK (TV Kanagawa). The channel is a local one in Kanagawa only, though there is some hope their will be internet distribution with Nitta gym suggesting that the bout will be available online. We have reached out to TVK to check if that will be an international stream, and hope to hear back from them in the coming days.
Interestingly the broadcast is scheduled to begin at 19:55 and finish at 21:30, and despite the world title bout being the defacto main event it won't be the final bout on the show, with the bout between Ryo Hino (12-1-2, 7) [日野僚] and Tasuku Suwa (6-3-1, 1) [諏訪佑] actually taking place after the world title fight.
There has also been a promotional video produced for the bout, which can be seen below, and features foootage of Kuroda.
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.
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