This coming Sunday Japanese fight fans will be able to see a major card thanks to Fuji TV who are showing a card from the Ota City General Gymnasium.
For those wanting to watch the card on Fuji TV the broadcast is set to being at 7PM local time, which is 10AM in the UK and is set to show two bouts live.
The first of those live bouts will be the WBC "interim" Bantamweight bout between Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], with Takuma looking to join brother Naoya Inoue as a world champion.
The second live bout will see WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12) [伊藤 雅雪] defending his belt for the first time, and taking on mandatory challenger Evgeny Chuprakov (20-0, 10). This is the main event of the show and is a really exciting match up, especially given that the Super Featherweight division is one with a number of notable names in it.
Unfortunate the WBC Light Flyweight bout between Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗] and Saul Juarez (24-8-2, 13) is not set to be shown live, though could be used to fill time in the event of early finishes in the other two bouts. For fans in the venue this will be the first of the three world title fights on the show, so the result will likely be out there before the broadcast is shown.
Despite not being shown live the Kenshiro Vs Juarez bout is expected to be shown in full in 2019 on a Fuji or Fuji BS broadcast. The Kenshiro bout is also expected to be squeezed on the ESPN+ broadcast, if the other two bouts finish early. That ESPN+ broadcast is set to begin at 5AM ET.
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Over the past 24 hours ESPN+ have confirmed that they will be showing some of the December 30th action from Japan, starting at 5 a.m. ET.
The channel is now schedule to broadcast the WBO Super Featherweight title bout between Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12) [伊藤 雅雪] and mandatory challenger Evgeny Chuprakov (20-0, 10), in what is Ito's first defense of the title.
It should be noted that Ito has expressed his desire to unify with WBC champion Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31), and this bout with Chuprakov could be used to help build hype for that bout, if ESPN do their job properly.
Along with the main event the channel will also broadcast the WBC interim Bantamweight title fight between Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tassana Salapat, live. The winner of this is expected to fight for the full title in the new year, and ESPN will almost certainly be wanting to cover that future bout as well as this one.
If the main finish early there is a chance that ESPN will get tape delay coverage of the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between the fantastic Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗] and Mexican veteran Saul Juarez (24-8-2, 13). This bout however is in doubt for TV coverage in both Japan and the US due to scheduling, with Fuji expected to broadcast the bout on tape delay in the new year.
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