Yesterday Fuji TV aired the Diamond Glove Special show from Tokyo and although they showed more of the card than any other channel they did come in for harsh criticism on twitter and in general from boxing fans.
Fuji TV, the Japanese channel with exclusive rights to broadcast bouts involving Naoya Inoue and Ryota Murata, had began showing the broadcast on a 50 minute tape delay. Usually this isn't a problem however two of the three fights had been aired, live, on foreign TV.
Firstly was Naoya Inoue bout, which saw the Japanese "Monster" retain his WBC Light Flyweight belt with an 11th TKO over Thai challenger Samartlek Kokietgym. This bout was screened live on Thai TV, on Channel 7, and was also screened, in part, on Nicaraguan TV channel Canal 4. This meant many international fans already seen the bout and spoken about the result for the bout before it had even been screened to Japanese fans. That included us and we're sorry for any Japanese fans who had the result ruined by our selves.
Following the Inoue bout Canal 4 continued their broadcast and brought us the WBC Flyweight title bout between Akira Yaegashi and Roman Gonzalez. The bout was again spoiled for Japanese fans who had to wait for it to be shown on tape delay whilst Nicaraguan fans were getting it live and again knew the result before the bout was aired in Yaegashi's native Japan.
What made the issue more telling was that both Thai channel 7 and Canal 4 could be streamed very easily with Canal 4 actually running a legal stream on their ustream channel. This meant that for fans who didn't care too much about the commentary could see the bouts live as opposed to delayed.
At the end some fans turned off from Fuji TV not so much in protest but from knowing the results.
The one thing that Japanese fans did get that other fans didn't get was a chance to see Ryota Murata's contest with Adrian Luna Flores. Stupidly however Fuji TV showed this first meaning that they didn't actually need to be delayed in their footage of the world title fights. Had they delayed the broadcast of the Murata they'd have managed to show the other bouts live. We know Fuji TV had contractual obligations to show the live football match between Japan and Uruguay though this wouldn't have been an issue had they shown the Murata bout after the other two contests. This would suggest a lack of foresight by the channel who really dropped the ball.
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