Whilst Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成] may be the proverbial boxing king of the Chukyo region at the moment he's certainly not alone in trying to put the region on the boxing map once again. Another fighting to do the same is his young stable mate Kento Hatanaka (10-0, 9) [畑中 建人].
Hatanaka, the son former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, is the current WBC Youth Flyweight champion and is regarded as a truly exciting action fighter. He's proven to be quick, heavy handed and fantastic fun to watch, with his career already generating some genuine buzz, not just in the local area but wider afield. He's not a star, like Tanaka, just yet, but certainly seems to be heading towards the top.
We've known for a whilst that Tanaka would be defending his WBC Youth Flyweight title against fellow youngster Roland Jay Biendima (15-5-1, 8) on February 11th at the Aioi Hall in Kariya, and today we can confirm there will be a legal, live feed available for the contest through CBC's High Five!! WEB youtube channel.
This is the same channel that has a video Hatanaka's previous fight, a brilliant and hotly contested battle with Jaysever Abcede, and is part of CBC's impressive online presence.
For those wanting to watch the bout the live stream for the event will be available here.
The bout is set to begin at around 13:00 local time on February 11th, and the link above will show the fight live and globally.
(Image - CBC High Five Web)
It's fair to say that this week is set to be a big one, especially for Japanese fight fans with two world title bouts and two Japanese title bouts coming over the weekend. It is however noting that it's not just Japan with fights but other countries too, and we get a notable card from Thailand, thanks to WorkPoint TV and a small, but totally, free card from Taiwan on Saturday.
The Taiwanese boxing scene isn't a big one, by any stretch, but it is one worth noting as it's expected to be one of the growing markets in the sport over the next 12 months, with the OPBF entering the country in the hope of developing it's boxing scene.
Part of developing a boxing scene is to get eyes on the product and the fighters and this weekend's card is available through Youtube, with MOE Sports streaming the show.
Sadly the card really is a low key one, with the biggest bout scheduled for the show being between Chia Ching Hung (4-1-1, 4) and Anurak Madua (6-3, 4), though with a lot of debutants on it you really will be able to begin following the sport in it's infancy in the country
We've embedded the feed below for those interested in some free boxing and to join the start of a small but growing scene...also people who perhaps want to have good news after hearing that a couple of Japanese shows won't be getting live TV coverage in the coming weeks.
Tomorrow in Japan Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] will challenge IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (37-2, 25) at Korakuen Hall. The bout will be Kuroda's second world title challenger and will mark Mthalane's second defense of his second reign.
For fans wanting to watch on TV in Japan there may be some problems, with the bout only being aired on TVK, TV Kanagawa a small regional channel in Japan. However there is some good news and the broadcaster have finally confirmed that the bout will indeed have a live, legal stream for fans unable to get the channel.
The stream, which can be seen below, is set to show the bout in full live, and from what we understand it a world wide feed of the TV channel. It's not like the recent ones where we've worked with CBC, which were only for an international audience, but this is their stand alone stream which seems to be a fully global one.
The show will air from 7:55PM local time and will feature commentary from Katsushige Kawashima and Akira Yaegashi.
Whether you're in Japan, South Africa, the UK, US or any where else, we implore you to enjoy what could be a little bit of an action packed gem from the Flyweight division tomorrow!
One of the best bouts of the year!
CBC proudly announces the streaming of the bout
for free on http://www.asianboxing.info/ worldwide*.
WBO World Flyweight Title Match
Kosei Tanaka (WBO Flyweight Champion) VS Ryoichi Taguchi (WBO #4 Flyweight)
Date March 16th from 16:00 (Japan time)
*For domestic audiences, the program will be available on TBS Network 28 channels.
Kosei Tanaka became the quickest fighter to become a 3 weight world champion, doing so in his 12th professional, bout last September. The bout with Sho Kimura was wild and Kosei won the title by a hair. The bout itself was chosen as the WBO's Best Fight of 2018, and was widely regarded as one of the best fights of the year by independent publications, and was a great opportunity for Kosei to show his exciting style to boxing fans all over the world.
Kosei had been keen to face Ryoichi Taguchi, who won WBA Light Flyweight Champion, for years. The best chance came in 2017 however plans were cancelled due to Kosei suffering a serious injury in September that year. During Kosei's time recovering from his injury, Ryoichi defeated Milan Melindo on new year's eve 2017 and became Japan's most recent unified champion, adding the IBF title to his collection.
Since then, Ryoichi has lost the Light Flyweight belts and now is heading to the Flyweight division, and the WBO title. Kosei says the bout with Ryoichi is “destiny” and he states the fight will be his best bout.
As a boxer from the Chubu region, CBC supports Kosei from his debut. Our mission is to build his fan base from different countries and we strongly hope the streaming will increase expose between Kosei and his fans living in a variety of countries.
As well as the fantastic main event, the undercard will also be streamed to an international audience. This gives fight fans a chance to see not only the brightest talent in the Chubu region but also other emerging talents like Kento Hatanaka and Konshin Takeshima, who between them have scored 9 wins, all by knockout, and former Japanese Youth champion Takuya Mizuno.
We greatly thank Asianboxing.info, their representative Scott Graveson and all writers on Asianboxing.info, who cooperate with us from Kosei’s last bout with Sho Kimura.
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