The next few days are busy for Japanese fight fans with a lot of TV action over the next couple of days. Whilst several of the broadcasts are on tape delay one is a live broadcast.
The televised action begins on Friday, at 22:00 local time, and is a tape delay broadcast of the recent Osaka Teiken show. We won't include spoilers, but the broadcast is expected to feature at least 3 bouts. Those bouts are Juiki Tatsuyoshi (3-0, 2) Vs Kazuki Sanpei (3-3, 1), who fought in a 4 rounder, Sho Nakazawa (8-0, 4) facing Teiru Atsumi (9-1, 3), in an 8 round bout, and Tatsuya Ikemizu (13-1, 6) Vs Jonas Sultan (9-3, 5), in another 8 rounder.
That card will be shown on G+ and will run from 22:00 to 24:00
Around 2 hours after the G+ broadcast finishes fans will be able to turn over to Fuji TV to see the recent Phoenix Battle show. The main fight being broadcast here will be the Japanese Featherweight title fight between Satoshi Hosono (30-2-1, 20) and Rikiya Fukuhara (31-8-1, 23). As well as the title fight we also expect to see footage from Koki Inoue's (1-0, 1) bout with Sultan Sithprakaifah (0-0).
The Fuji TV broadcast is set to run from 26:15 to 27:15 (or 2:15am to 3:15am on Saturday morning).
On Saturday attention turns back to G+ who will re-run the Osaka Teiken show from 13:15 to 17:45, we understand that the show will be run back-to-back though it's not completely sure.
Following the Osaka Teiken card we then get the live action, which will run from 17:45 to 22:00.
The live broadcast is set to feature 6 bouts in total, with the main bouts being the Japanese Super Featherweight title bout, between Kenichi Ogawa (17-1, 14) and mandatory challenger Satoru Sugita (11-2-1, 7) and the Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight between Yasutaka Ishimoto (27-8, 7) and Yosuke Fujihara (16-3, 4). These bouts are both part of the Champion Carnival and are both mandatory title fights.
For fans unable to watch the live card it will be replayed on April 9th between 12:30 and 17:45, also on G+.
All times given here are local times for Tokyo, and for international fans the times will need to be adjusted.
Note-All records are pre-fight records.
Under-rated Filipino south paw Cris Alfante (11-5-1, 4) is best known for his fights on the road. In fact his 4 of his last 5 bouts have been outside of the Philippines, and whilst he has come up short against Knockout CP Freshmart, Kongfah CP Freshmart and Daigo Higa he did manage to fight to a draw with Ryuto Maekawa. In April he will be getting his passport out for another fight as he travels to Ghana to face his most notable opponent so far, former world champion Joseph Agbeko (30-5, 23).
The Filipino 24 year old has gone 1-4-1 in his last 6 bouts, with his only win being a stoppage of the limited Rolando Niones.
As for Agbeko, the now 36 year old has gone 3-4 in his last 7 bouts, dating back more than 6 years. Whilst he has been competing at a very high level, with losses to Yohnny Perez, Abner Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux, he does seem to be a significantly reduced forced to the man who scored wins over Perez and Vic Darchinyan.
As well as the Alfante Vs Agbeko bout the show will also feature bouts with former world champions Joshua Clottey and Mzonke Fana.
In February we reported that former WBC Super Featherweight champion Yong Soo Choi (29-4-1, 19) [최용수] was set to make a comeback on April 9th 2016 against Japanese fighter Kazuya Nakano (9-5-1, 7) [中野 和也]. Today it's been revealed that that bout will actually take place a week later that originally reported.
We've not been told why the bout has been delayed, though we do now know that it will be taking place on April 16th and will take place at the Hoseo Highschool, Dangjin.
Interestingly the new date almost is almost the 18th anniversary of Choi's last big win, a 9th round KO over Gilberto Serrano from April 18th 1998.
Sadly it seems that the bout will no longer be associated with a deep KBF Rookie of the Year card, that still looks set to take place on the original date of April 9th.
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On April 16th international fight fans will get a chance to see the "Slimming Assassin" Hisashi Amagasa (30-5-2, 20) [天笠 尚] fight on foreign soil for the first time, as he faces unbeaten Englishman Josh Warrington (22-0, 4) in the UK.
Ahead of that fight Amagasa has been training hard and recently went through a 12 round spar to help prepare to face Warrington. That spar seemed to show that Amagasa had built up his stamina excellently, though it's fair to say he will need it given Warrington's intense high put, though it does need to be said that Amagasa will also be needing to make the most of his advantage in power.
The tall and rangy Amagasa is best known for his 2014 battle with Guillermo Rigondeaux. Although Amagasa lost that one he did impress with his heart, guts and resiliency, and also dropped Rigondeaux twice during the contest. He was however stopped and given severe facial swelling.
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Earlier this month several million Japanese fans saw WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] record the 10th defense of his world title, as he out pointed Liborio Solis (23-4-1, 10) in a memorable encounter.
Earlier this week he returned to the gym, just a few weeks after that clash with Solis.
Between the fight and his return to the gym Yamanaka has apparently been spending time with his family and, from what we understand, savouring some delicacies that can't be enjoyed in the build up to a fight.
Part of his preparation for his next bout will see him reviewing the previous contest whilst he will also try and broaden his overall boxing ability.
At the moment their is no set date or opponent for Yamanaka's next bout, though it seems likely to come in either late Summer or early Autumn, and we have seen the name of IBF champion Lee Haskins linked to Yamanaka, however that bout does look to be a long way from being signed and sealed.
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