Over the last day or so Fuji TV updated their information regarding the upcoming December 30th Ohashi promoted card from Tokyo. Part of the updated include their new promotional image which we've got to say looks brilliant. The image may only contain the "home" fighters but it's still a sharp and exciting looking image with the poster making it clear that this is a special card. Not only is it a special card but it's being dubbed the "Boxing FES 2014 Super Boxeo", effectively the "Boxing Festival of 2014"
Sadly the poster also makes it very obvious that the show won't be shown live and in full. Sadly the card begins several hours before the TV coverage.
The running order for the show begins with the non-title bout between Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1) and Nestor Daniel Narvaez (20-2-2, 9). This 8 round bout is unlikely to see TV time, though may have highlights inserted into the broadcast. Sadly it also seems unlikely that the OPBF Super Flyweight title bout between Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10) and Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11) will also go untelevised with possible highlights again being the best we can expect, unless Thai TV picks up the bout.
The third bout to be part of the card is the WBC Lightweight title bout between Jorge Linares (37-3, 24), attempting to become a 3-weight world champion, and Javier Preieto (24-7-2, 18). Again we're unsure if this will be televised at all though we suspect that either highlight or tape delay footage will emerge at some point.
The first bout that we know, for a fact, will be televised will see Olympic champion Ryota Murata (5-0, 4) battle against American visitor Jessie Nicklow (24-4-3, 8). For Murata this will be his 4th fight this year and many suspect it could be his last in Japan before he begins fighting in the US and moving towards a world title bout.
Another bout we know will be televised by Fuji TV is the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between the always fun to watch Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10) and Pedro Guevara (23-1-1, 15), we suspect this could be the fight of the show and would suggest that you make sure to see this one as Yaegashi attempts to become just the second Japanese man to become a 3-weight world champion.
Of course for many fans this show is about the main event as Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) attempts to become a 2 weight world champion in just his 8th professional contest. Inoue, skipping the Flyweight division, will be fighting against long reigning WBO Super Flyweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez (43-1-2, 23) in a bout that could well seal Inoue's place the 2014 Fighter of the Year. It doesn't need saying that this one will be televised for definite.
(Image courtesy of Fui TV)
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