Whilst there entire service isn't open, their bouts from the last 2 years are. It should be noted they are continuing to treat subscribers to classics from deeper their archive, making it a service that is still worth subscribing for the hardcore looking for something new to watch. A lot of this has never previously been made available online, such as Ryocihi Taguchi's bout with Yuki Chinen, which was made available today.
And now for people wanting something to watch, we suggest checking out the fights below as a good starting point. [Note some of these have been made available elsewhere]
Ryugo Ushijima (3-0-2, 2) vs Taison Mukaiyama (4-2, 3)
Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) vs Jin Minamide (4-0, 3)
Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) vs Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21)
Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) vs Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5)
Shingo Kusano (11-8-1, 4) vs Qiang Ma (5-1-2, 3)
Taison Morishita (1-0) Vs Yuma Omine (0-1)
Tuguldur Byambatsogt (1-0) Vs Vladimir Baez (26-5-2, 24)
Kantaro Juri (0-0) Vs Makruf Bambali (0-4-1)
Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) vs Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11)
Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) vs Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) II
Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) Vs Jhunriel Ramonal (15-8-6, 8)
Tetsuro Ohashi (7-0-1, 2) vs Suzumi Takayama (2-0, 2)
Yudai Shigeoka (0-0) vs Manop Audomphanawari (3-2, 3)
Earlier today we saw return to Asia for the first time in weeks as a card was held in Gimpo, at the Legend Boxing Gym. The card was a small one, with 3 professional bouts on it, but it was still something major in the world of boxing, which has lacked recently.
The full show was streamed live on youtube and has been left up for fans wanting to watch it.
Sadly we only got about 30 minutes of actually professional action, starting around the 43 minute mark into the video, but it's still something to celebrate for fight fans desperate to watch boxing.
Given the state of boxing in South Korea recently this is positive in some ways, as we really need something to get excited about in the country.
Whilst there are, obviously, questions to be had about boxing taking place at all right now, and social distancing doesn't seem to have been in effect outside of the ring, it's nice to have some sort of normality in the world today.
This past Saturday we were all supposed to see the highly anticipated Bantamweight triple title unification bout between Japanese star Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Filipino puncher John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20). We were hoping to see the WBA "Super" and IBF titles of Inoue as well as the WBO title of Casimero all end up around the waist of one man. Sadly however the current global situation prevented that from happening.
Since that two different things have come out.
Firstly it appears likely that Casimero will returning to face Joshua Greer Jr (22-1-1, 12) next in a mandatory due to this whole situation. At the moment Casimero is in the US, and it seems likely that he will remain there for his next bout. Bob Arum, who would have promoted the Inoue Vs Casimero bout, appeared to suggest that Greer would be next for the Filipino.
On paper it's not an awful bout, given the whole situation, but in reality it would be a huge disappointment all things considered.
The other thing to come out is that Inoue has revealed he is still training in Japan. He told his fans that he's not impatient for his next bout, and is keeping sharp. He's quoted as telling fans not over worked or under-trained. He also mentioned that he was reducing contact with people.
Hideyuki Ohashi, who's in charge of the Ohashi gym in Japan, added that Inoue was still practicing and that the focus is still Casimero, but it appears they will be willing to look else where given the current issues affecting the planet.
Earlier today WP Boxing announced that the much anticipated bout between 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] was being postponed, again.
The bout was originally set for April 4th at the WP Studios, and was then provisionally delayed to May 2nd. It has now been postponed indefinitely.
The decision to postpone the bout makes complete sense, but is still disappointing news for fight fans.
Interestingly stories from Thailand are emerging that Srisaket's team are negotiations for a much bigger fight when boxing resumes, hopefully later in the year.
Earlier this week we reported that two professional boxers in Aichi had tested positive for infection of Coronavirus, becoming the first cases of professional boxers in the country to be infected. Today it was revealed that two trainers at a gym in the region have also tested positive.
An investigation into the route of their infection continues, though it does appear logical to assume that the trainers have had some contact with the un-named fighters who also contracted the virus. Though of course who gave it to who, and where was it originally from still needs to be traced.
The gyms in Japan have been shut for almost 2 weeks, and the sport hasn't had any bouts in the country since the end of February. It seems likely, although this is somewhat guess work, that we will begin to see more cases from within the sport over the coming days.
Of course whilst it seems likely there are most cases within the sport than have been diagnosed the overall h ope is that those who are infected only get mild symptoms, if any, and have a full recovery.
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