The first of the free-to-air televised shows comes on May 1st courtesy of Fuji TV who will be airing a “Diamond Glove Special” with 3 scheduled bouts.
The main event of the card will see Japanese Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (6-0, 4) take on his stiffest challenge to date as he battles world ranked Brazilian Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-1-1, 6). Murata, who is an exclusive fighter to Fuji TV, is hoping to move towards a world title fight later in the year and know that this is a big step towards a potential title fight. For Ataide it's a huge profile bout and one that he's being over-looked in, though he has the potential to be a real handful.
The chief support bout is the WBC Super Featherweight title bout between Japan's hard hitting champion Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21) and former IBF Featherweight champion Billy Dib (32-3-0-1, 29). This will be Miura's first bout on Fuji TV and his world title fight to be shown on terrestrial TV in Japan, though his bout with Edgar Puerto was shown on Free-TV. Potentially this is Miura's chance to make a name for himself and an exciting win here could see him brought back to Fuji TV later in the year.
The other fight on this broadcast will be the return to the ring of Akira Yaegashi (20-5, 10), who battles Thai visitor Songsaenglek Phosuwangym (1-11) in a Super Flyweight bout. This will be Yaegashi's debut at 115lbs and is his first bout since he was stopped last year by Pedro Guevara.
For fans wanting to tune in to this broadcast it begins at 21:00 Tokyo time and the broadcast is expected to finish at 22:52 local time
On Saturday we know there is a lot of fights with a particular card from America really catching the attention of boxing fans. It's worth noting however that TBS will be airing a tape delay broadcast of the Japanese Heavyweight title fight between Kyotaro Fujimoto (11-1, 6) and Nobuhiro Ishida (27-10-2, 11) earlier in the day.
This screening is scheduled as part of the “Guts Fighting” series and will be aired at 26:53 local time. For our British friends this will be 18:53 on Saturday afternoon whilst our American readers with the ability to watch TBS will sadly have to work their times out from that.
Note that this is a tape delay broadcast with the original airing of the fight coming on Thursday on TBS2. That broadcast will also be tape delay.
On Wednesday Japanese fans get a world title double head courtesy of TV Tokyo who will be screening two of the 3 scheduled world title fights from Tokyo.
The main event will see the WBA Super Featherweight “super” champion Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18) defending his belt unbeaten Thai Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4) in a mouth watering clash that has genuinely got us excited. This isn't expected to be a “war” but it will almost certainly be a highly skilled fight between two exceptionally talented and strong fighters. Don't be surprised if this turns out to be the best bout of the week.
The other title fight will see Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8) defending his WBA Light Flyweight title against Thai veteran Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-3-1, 26). This will be Taguchi's first defense, so it's not a wonder it's an “easy” one, though will hopefully be followed by a more meaningful bout in the summer.
The one title not being shown on TV from this card is the WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-2, 3) and Kayoko Ebata (8-5, 4). This bout won't receive TV coverage but TV Tokyo have said they will stream the fight on their website. It's however not clear if the stream will be live or recorded.
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