Over the last few days we've had several people ask us about this weekend's WBO Minimumweight world title fight between Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5) [加納陸] and multi-time world champion Katsunari Takayama (30-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成]. Sadly the news is that the fight will be very, very difficult to stream, in fact it could well be impossible for fans outside of Kansai to watch the fight.
Back in July we reported that the bout would be aired on TV Osaka and we had out fingers crossed in hope that it would be shown in Tokyo as well. Sadly it's been confirmed that TV Osaka will be the only channel airing the bout, leaving those in East Japan without coverage of the bout.
We do now know that the bout will be aired on a time slot beginning at 14:40 and the broadcast is set to run until 15:55. This makes a very early show for Japanese boxing fans and seems to suggest that TV Osaka aren't expecting big viewership despite the men involved.
Takayama, who is popular with fans without being a genuine star, has one of the most fan friendly styles of any fighter in the sport and always seems to be bringing the fight to opponents. Kano on the other hand is a speed youngster looking to set a Japanese record as the youngest Japanese world champion ever.
Whilst the fight won't be available outside of Kansai it is nice the TV Osaka have released a smaller trailer for the fight and will hopefully also release a highlight video after the bout rather than making everyone miss out on what promises to be a thrilling contest.
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