Over the next 7 days Japanese fans, and those who manage to watch Japanese TV from around the world, will get the chance to see 5 title fights, including 3 world title fights, on free to air terrestrial TV. For those who are interested in seeing some of the top fighters in the country this is the perfect week to tune in to some Japanese TV, but when and what channels?
The first show of note comes on Thursday and will be shown in NTV between 19:56 and 20:54 local time. The main event of this show will see unbeaten WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16) defending his title for the 8th time as he takes on unbeaten Argentinian challenger Diego Ricardo Santillan (23-0, 15).
On Saturday we then get a title double on Fuji TV as we get tape delay footage of the recent Dangan show. The bouts here will see Kantaro Masuda defending the Japanese Bantamweight title against the much touted Shohei Omori and the very heavy handed Keita Obara defending his OPBF Light Welterweight title against Yuya Okazaki. The bouts, which took place this past Monday, were both high quality match ups and are well worth tuning in at. For Japanese fans these will be shown at 26:40 local time on Saturday night and the telecast is set to end at 28:00. For those from the west wondering about the times, it's essentially 2:40AM to 4:00AM though the Japanese TV times is slightly different to how some western countries do things.
Next Wednesday fans will then have the chance to see a world title double courtesy of the gigantic TBS. One of the bouts being shown here is the IBF Minimumweight title bout between the always exciting champion Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11) and second generation Thai Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (27-3-1, 15), who is hoping to claim the same title his father held more than 20 years ago. The other fight is the mouth watering clash between WBA Flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (35-1, 19) and Japanese star Kazuto Ioka (16-1, 10), who will be hoping to become the second ever 3-weight world champion from Japan. The bout, which was mooted a lot last year, looks likely to be a bit special and it'll be well worth tuning into TBS at 19:59 local time. With this show set to feature world title bouts the timeslot is set for almost 2 hours and will end at 21:56.
If you have a way to watch Japanese TV there is little excuse not to be tuning into these bouts all of which are well worth watching if you're a boxing fan.
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