Our wait ended earlier today when it was reported that Kinoshita would be fighting Tete on July 18th.
The bout, which was finally announced, will see the two men battling in the wonderful Portopia Hotel in Kobe. Unfortunately whilst the venue is a stunning one, which we believe is being used for boxing for the first time, the television situation is less than great with the bout being shown on the some what hard to find Sky A Sports + a subscription service in Japan.
Unlike many channels that carry boxing in Japan, such as Fuji TV, TBS, NTV and Tokyo TV, Sky A Sports + is unfortunately not a free to air channel so feeds of this fight from Japan will be scarce to say the least. Hopefully however South African TV will show the bout and possibly give fans outside of Japan a chance to see the contest.
This fight will be the toughest of Kinoshita's career and the former Japanese champion is taking a huge step up for this world title opportunity.
(image, of Kinoshita, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)