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 online subscription service Boxing Raise revealed their schedule for February and sadly it's rather lacking with only 3 shows in total, and only 1 live one. That is however a sign of a quiet February in Japan more than anything, with only 7 shows scheduled for the entire month, including the February 1st card which was shown on G+.
The first of the Boxing Raise cards is actually available already and took place today at Korakuen Hall. The card was a rather small and low key one, featuring only 4 round bouts. Whilst the show didn't get much attention it is good to see the service uploading the bouts on the same day which hasn't always been the case.
The next show to be including on the service this month is the February 14th Kadoebi card. This will be headlined by Froilan Saludar (31-3-1, 22) defending the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title against Ryoji Fukunaga (11-4, 11) [福永亮次] in what looks likely to be an explosive match up. Other bouts of note on this card will include Ryota Yamauchi (5-1, 4) [山内涼太] facing off with Filipino MJ Bo (8-3-2, 4) and a brilliant match up between Yuki Nakajima (3-1, 3) [中嶋憂輝] and Shisui Kawabata (2-1, 2) [川畑嗣穂].
The only live card for the month will take place on February 27th and is an excellent looking card, headlined by an OPBF Welterweight title bout between Riku Nagahama (11-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸] and Kudura Kaneko (11-0, 8) [クドゥラ 金子] and also featuring the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament semi finals. Those semi-finals will see Jae Woo Lee (7-2, 6) [이재우] taking on Shingo Kusano (12-8-1, 5) [草野慎悟] and Richard Pumicpic (21-10-2, 6) clashing with Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-2, 6) [渡部大介].
Whilst it's a shame there's so little content this month, it is impressive that Boxing Raise do have 3 of the 7 Japanese cards from the entire month.
At tomorrow's Dangan card we'll see a lot of interesting bouts, one of which is a Japanese female Bantamweight title bout as the unbeaten Kanako Taniyama (2-0-1, 1) [谷山 佳菜子] battles with Tomoko Okuda (5-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子] in their second bout. The two women fought to a controversial draw last year, leaving the title vacant.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the 118lb limit with no issues at all.
Okuda was well under the limit at around 117.25lbs and spoke about how sh was able to prepare injury free for this bout. She seemed very lucky to get the draw in the first bout between the fighters, and has clearly worked hard to prepare for this one, as she spoke about the fighters she had been training with.
Taniyama was even further under the limit, coming in just over 117lbs. She spoke about settling the score for their 2019 draw and explained that she was going to fight like a tiger.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be shown live on boxing raise.
Related - Taniyama and Okuda face off again for Japanese female title!
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we get a stacked card with a lot of action. One of the interesting under-card bouts will be a Japanese Youth Lightweight title fight as the unbeaten, second generation, Kaiki Yuba (6-0-2, 4) [湯場海樹] takes on the unheralded Kanta Takenaka (7-4-1, 2) [竹中関汰] for the vacant title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both men came in with room to spare.
On the scales Yuba, the slightly taller fighter, was around 134.5lbs whilst Takenaka was 134.75lbs.
At the weigh in both men spoke to the media, with Yuba explaining that he had honed his tactics to deal with Takenaka's style and that he would remain calm and use his boxing brain. Takenaka on the other hand spoke about desire to win a title, and make fans aware of his name.
For fans who aren't able to get over to Japan and attend the event, which is an excellent one on paper, the full show is set to be streamed for subscribers of the Boxing Raise service.
Related - Yuba and Takenaka clash for Japanese youth title!
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we see the conclusion of the brilliant God's Left Bantamweight Tournament, which began last year with 7 fighters and has been a fantastic, if short, tournament packed with excitement. Tomorrow's final will see unbeaten men colliding as the seeded Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] takes on Kazuki Nakajima (8-0, 7) [中嶋一輝].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and neither man had any issues at all in hitting 118lbs.
On the scales Nakajima, the taller of the two men, was bang on the Bantamweight limit. He has reached the final having scored two opening round wins and explained that he has been working on polishing his style, which is that of a heavy handed boxer-puncher. He has looked fantastic in his first two bouts in the tournament and a win her would be massive for his career.
Tsutsumi was around 117.75lbs on the scales and has sadly reached the final without fighting. He got a bye in quarter final stage, due to being the seed, and they got a walk over in the semi final when his opponent was forced to pull out. He spoke about being the under-dog here, but seemed confident that he had a strategy to beat the talented Nakajima.
For fans who can't make their way to Tokyo tomorrow, the fight will be shown live on subscription service Boxing Raise.
Related - One to Watch - Kazuki Nakajima Vs Seiya Tsutsumi
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