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.
Back on December 30th fight fans at the Ota City General Gymnasium saw WBC champion Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] retain his title, defeating Mexican challenger Saul Juarez (24-9-2, 13) in a 12 round decision.
Sadly that bout wasn't televised live, though we now know that Fuji TV will air it later this month.
We have been informed that the bout will be aired on January 20th at 3:15am local time, giving us all a chance to see the talented fighter from the BMB gym in action, even if we do all know the result already.
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We've known for a while that the first live televised Japanese show of 2019 will be the January Dynamic Glove card, which will be shown on G+ on January 19th. We now have all the details of the broadcast.
The broadcast for the show will begin at 17:45 local time and is set to run until 22:00, with a tape delay reshowing the following Thursday, starting at 22:30 and eating at 1:30 on Friday morning.
For those unaware, the show will be headlined by world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] rematching Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], the last Japanese fighter to beat Wake. A win for Wake is expected, as he continues his charge for a second world title fight.
In supporting bouts we'll see Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] battle in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight whilst future Japanese Featherweight title challenger Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] will be up against former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
Although it's the first Japanese card to be televised in 2019, it is worth noting that the January 12th show is expected to be shown live on Boxingraise, though this is yet to be confirmed with only days to go until the show.
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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This coming Sunday Japanese fight fans will be able to see a major card thanks to Fuji TV who are showing a card from the Ota City General Gymnasium.
For those wanting to watch the card on Fuji TV the broadcast is set to being at 7PM local time, which is 10AM in the UK and is set to show two bouts live.
The first of those live bouts will be the WBC "interim" Bantamweight bout between Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], with Takuma looking to join brother Naoya Inoue as a world champion.
The second live bout will see WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12) [伊藤 雅雪] defending his belt for the first time, and taking on mandatory challenger Evgeny Chuprakov (20-0, 10). This is the main event of the show and is a really exciting match up, especially given that the Super Featherweight division is one with a number of notable names in it.
Unfortunate the WBC Light Flyweight bout between Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗] and Saul Juarez (24-8-2, 13) is not set to be shown live, though could be used to fill time in the event of early finishes in the other two bouts. For fans in the venue this will be the first of the three world title fights on the show, so the result will likely be out there before the broadcast is shown.
Despite not being shown live the Kenshiro Vs Juarez bout is expected to be shown in full in 2019 on a Fuji or Fuji BS broadcast. The Kenshiro bout is also expected to be squeezed on the ESPN+ broadcast, if the other two bouts finish early. That ESPN+ broadcast is set to begin at 5AM ET.
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(Image courtesy of Fuji TV)
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