This coming month is a packed one and Japanese fans are in for a really brilliant month with bouts on free TV, pay TV, online subscription service and on PPV services. In total there are so many shows out there for fight fans that they well well go a little bit crazy with all the action!
Boxing FES 9.4- Fuji TV
The month of action kicks off this coming Sunday with Fuji TV putting on a broadcast featuring 3 notable bouts. The show begins at 19:00 local time and and is scheduled to finish at close to 21:00. The show will televise bouts including the WBO Super Flyweight title bout between Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) and Petchbargborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18), along with a "world title prelude" between Takuma Inoue (7-0, 2) and Froilan Saludar (23-1-1, 14) and the professional debut of 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (0-0), who faces In Kyoo Lee (3-2, 1).
Apollo KO Live -Boxingraise.com
Fans in Osaka on September 4th will get the chance to attend a show at the Yodogawa Ward Center. For those unable to go Boxingraise are the solution with the online subscription service putting the show out the following day on their website. The card isn't as strong as the FES show but will feature the unbeaten Takuya Uehara (9-0, 6), the fast rising Kazuaki Miyamoto (1-0, 1) and the very well matched bout between Masato Morisaki (11-4-1, 6) and Takahiro Murai (13-6-2, 4).
WOWOW have a live show on September 11th as they cover the American action that will also be featured on HBO. The card in question features a likely FOTY contender between Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23) and Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18) as well as the brilliant match up between WBC Super Flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27) and pound-for-pound kingpin Roman Gonzalez (45-0, 38).
The most annoying of the broadcasts is the tape delay broadcast of Keita Obara's (16-1-1, 15) journey to Russia to face unbeaten IBF Light Welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (24-0, 21). On paper this has the ingredients of a special bout but instead of being featured on free TV the bout is being broadcast on delay on Pay TV, several days after the bout takes place. A real mystery and one the stupidest decisions we've seen made in Japanese boxing this year.
Fighting Bee Vol 18- A-sign
The first of two A-sign shows this month is “Fighting Bee Vol 18” which will cost ¥500. The card is headlined by the first WBO Asia Pacific title bout in Japan, a Light Welterweight title bout between Akihiro Kondo (25-6-1, 12) and Jeffrey Arienza (15-4-1, 9). The card doesn't have a hugely strong under-card but a bout between Takafumi Nakajima (25-8-1, 10) and Kosuke Saka (13-3, 10) should be entertaining.
Hopeful Fight Vol 23-A-Sign
The following day we get the next of the A-sign shows, “Hopeful Fight Vol 23”. This is slightly more expensive at ¥700 but is a stronger all round card. The main event will see Hikaru Nishida (15-9-1, 7) take on Makoto Fuchigami (23-11, 14) in their third meeting, which will see the winner unifying the Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight titles whilst the co-feature will see Takuya Watanabe (29-6-1, 15) battle Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-1-2, 11) for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
The Real World Boxing Premium 24-NTV
The second of the live world title shows comes on September 16th and is being aired on NTV as part of their “The Real: World Boxing Premium” series. The card sees Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15) challenge WBC Super Bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32) whilst WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) looks to over-come the slippery Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12) in a much anticipated rematch.
Dynamic Glove -G+
More tape delay action on September 18th as Japanese fans get the chance to see the Japanese Super Featherweight title bout between Kenichi Ogawa (18-1, 15) and Kento Matsushita (34-9-7, 13). The card will also feature Toshiyuki Igarashi (22-2-2, 11) and a potentially very good bout between Yamato Hata (2-0, 2) and Korean visitor Joo Hoon Jung (4-1).
Dangan Ladies 2 - Boxingraise.com
The second of the tape delay shows on boxingraise this month is the second Dangan Ladies card. The main event will see Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (8-1-2, 3) defending her WBO female Minimumweight title against Kayoko Ebata (9-6, 5), in a rematch of a bout they had in May 2015. The card will also showcase Ayumi Goto (4-0, 3) and the debuting Ayako Minowa (0-0). Those who don't like women's boxing however won't enjoy this but the card should be good.
Although yet to be clearly confirmed it appears that boxingraise.com will be airing the 166th Dangan card. The show will be headlined by a Japanese Lightweight title bout between Nihito Arakawa (27-6-1, 16) and Yusuke Tsukada (8-5, 3) and will also feature Shuhei Tsuchiya (20-4, 17), who is expected to face the winner of the main event next time out.
September 24th (Suspected)
Soul Fighting Vol 52-CBC
At the moment it's unclear when CBC will be airing the upcoming Soul Fighting card, though the channel will be airing it. The key contest here is a Japanese Featherweight title bout between Shota Hayashi (27-5-1, 17) and Noriyuki Ueno (18-13-5, 5), who will be fighting for the title recently vacated by Satosho Hosono, who fights in a world title eliminator next month.
Another one that isn't yet set in stone in terms of date to be released is Dangan 167, which will be a small novice show from the Korakuen Hall. The show is expected to be on boxingraise on September 28th after taking place on the 27th.
When we have some free time we're hoping to add a series of fun articles to the site. Hopefully these will be enjoyable little short features