Earlier today it was confirmed that Japanese fans outside of Kanto will get the chance to watch the full TBS broadcast of the New Year's Eve show thanks to subscription service Paravi.
The service has announced that they will begin their live streaming at around 17:05 local time and will show the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title bout between defending champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (16-8, 9) [ストロング小林佑樹] and former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (16-1-1, 16) [比嘉 大吾]. This bout will only be aired on TV via TBS in the Kanto region, so putting this on Paravi should satisfy some fans across the country, such as those in the Kansai region or the Chukyo region.
The streaming service also appears to be set to air the WBO Super Flyweight title bout between champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔] and mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成]. This bout was being shown in other regions, with CBC set to air it live in Chukyo, the region that Tanaka is from. It was assumed MBS would air the bout in the Kansai region, though it's unclear if that will be the case, given that the bout event isn't currently listed on their schedule. Regardless, Paravi will have a stream for fans in region, which includes Osaka where Ioka is originally from.
Sadly for international viewers Paravi is only available in Japan, and at the time of writing no international TV coverage has been officially confirmed.
This coming Saturday we'll see Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] defending his WBO Flyweight title for the second time, as he takes on Puerto Rican fighter, and current mandatory challenger, Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13).
To help build up the hype for the fight CBC, who are the lead broadcaster for the contest, have released a short promotional video for the the fight.
For those interested the video has English subtitles and is another attempt for CBC to help build Tanaka into a major international name.
Whilst the video isn't long it is something extra to watch for those who can't wait for the bout on Saturday.
Press release - World title Match Live-Streaming announcement (Kosei Tanaka Vs Jonathan Gonzalez)
The world title match Live-Streaming announcement
August 24th 2019 Saturday
CBC TELEVISION CO., LTD
WBO World Fly Weight Class Title Match
Kosei Tanaka (Hatanaka) vs Jonathan Gonzalez (Puerto Rico)
August 24th 16:00 (Japan Time) at TEVA Ocean Area
Last year Kosei Tanaka won a title in a third weight class in just his 12th professional fight, which tied Lomachenko’s world record for the fewest fights the achieve that feat. He did that by beating Japan's Sho Kimura in a Fight of the Year Contender in September 2018. This time he faces former amateur standout Jonathan Gonzalez from Puerto Rico, who enters the bout as the WBO's #1 ranked Flyweight. The challenger, nicknamed “BOMBA”, is a great talent and he has successfully defended WBO North American Title twice over the last 18 months. Gonzalez is one of Tanaka’s tough challenges, though of course Tanaka has never fought easy bout since turning professional in 2013. Tanaka is looking ahead, wishing to attain the titles in 4 or 5 divisions in the future and he believes this bout is his great experience for that goal. The fight is expected to be full of excitement considering that both boxers have lightning speed.
This bout is gaining a great attention in Boxing community this year and CBC proudly announces we live-stream and air world-wide for free.
Puerto Rico: WAPA TV
Latin America: ESPN
North America/Oceania/Asia/Middle East/Europe/Africa:
RING TV https://www.ringtv.com/
Japan: CBC/TBS Nation-Wide Live
On August 24th we'll see Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] defending the WBO Flyweight title against Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13). Ahead of that fight CBC, the channel broadcasting the fight in the Chukyo region of Japan, will be showing various events from fight week, not just the fight.
Today it was revealed that CBC would be airing Tanaka's media work out on Monday August 19th, from around 2PM local time. They will then follow that up with the signing ceremony, pre-fight press conference and weigh in on August 23rd, starting from 1PM local time.
The events will be featured as part of a special section on the CBC website which can be accessed here - https://hicbc.com/sports/highfiveweb/
It's worth noting that CBC's Highfiveweb also featured a recent sparring special feature that included Kosei sparring with his brother Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], which can be seen below.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Back at the end of April we reported that the WBO had given their Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] and 28 year old Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13) 30 days to negotiate a deal for a mandatory world title fight.
That 30 day period was expected to result in a deal being made, with the teams though to have been close to securing a deal before the order was even made.
Today a deal for the bout has been announced!
The Hatanaka gym, lead by former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, held a press conference earlier today to announce that the Tanaka Vs Gonzalez bout was a done deal for August 24th at the Takeda Teva Ocean Arena in Nagoya, the same venue that Tanaka won the title last September with a win over Sho Kimura.
For Tanaka, a 3-weight world champion, the bout serves as his second defense of the title, following the previous mentioned win in September, and comes on the back of a commanding win over Ryoichi Taguchi in March. As for Gonzalez this will be his first world title fight, and his first bout in Asia, following bouts in a number of American countries.
It's worth noting that the challenger will be one of the first southpaws that Tanaka has faced during his professional career, though his team and especially his father, showed no worries given that Tanaka faced a number of southpaws in the amateur ranks.
The bout will air on CBC, but specifics in regards to time haven't yet been confirmed. We're hoping that we'll be able to continue our working relationship with the channel to be able to bring you a live, legal stream to the bout in August.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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