Last week there was talk about the now postponed WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) potentially taking place on July 4th at Korakuen Hall. Now however it appears that date has slipped, but a new date is looking like it is now essentially set in stone.
The date, now being reported for the bout, is August 1st with the bout taking place at Korakuen Hall with no fans in attendance.
Issues with securing visa for both Magramo and his trainer Rudy Hernandez, as well as inconsistent international flights, were part of the reason given for the July date not coming to fruition, though it should be noted that the July date wasn't really mentioned at any of the recent council events from the JBC and JPBA.
It's not just been Magramo with training that has been effected by the current situation but also Nakatani who had been planning a long training camp in the US earlier this year, but had to return to Japan due to the current outbreak.
Given the August 1st date matches up with what we would expect for a televised Dynamic Glove card it seems that whilst no fans will be in attendance the bout would be expected to be shown on G+, likely live. If this does happen it's looking likely to be the first Japanese card to be given live TV coverage since the whole global situation put boxing on hold in the country.
It's worth remembering that the WBO Flyweight title is vacant after Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成] gave it up to begin the pursuit of a Super Flyweight title. At the moment there is no details on when Tanaka will be back in the ring.
In 2019 one of our biggest complaints was the number of Dynamic Glove cards that G+ showed on delay. What we had began to expect as a regular, monthly, live broadcast was turned into a sometimes live sometimes tape delay event.
Thankfully to kick off 2019 G+ have listed both their January and February cards will be getting a live broadcast!
The January card, on January 18th, will be headlined by Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] challenging OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], in what is expected to be a humdinger, and will also see Takeshi Inoue's (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程].
The February card, set for February 1st, will be headlined by Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against former world title challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] in a 2020 Champion Carnival bout. This card will also feature a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和].
Both of the shows are set to air between 17:45 local time and 22:00
One of the most frustrating things about Japanese boxing in 2019 has been the lack of live televised cards, with many of the G+ "Dynamic Glove" cards being aired on tape delay, rather than a live broadcast.
Thankfully we are set to see that chance in September with G+ airing Dynamic Glove 588 live on Saturday 7th September, as well as replays set for September 11th and 24th.
The broadcast is set to begin airing at 17:00 local time and be shown until 22:00 local time.
This card is a pretty notable one with Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] Japanese Welterweight title against veteran challenger Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴] and Jorge Linares (45-5, 28) returning to a Japanese ring for the first time in almost 5 years, to take on Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6).
The rest of the card isn't hugely notable but those two bouts alone do deserve some attention, and it's great to actually be excited about a live G+ card after months of tape delay broadcasts.
On July 6th Japanese fight fans in Tokyo can attend the latest Dynamic Glove card, a show promoted by Teiken and featuring some of their most notable fighters, including Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一], Shuya Masaki (12-1, 5) [正木脩也], Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9), Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] and Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太].
Sadly even with that talent on the show we can now report that the card will not be aired live. Instead of being shown on July 6th as a live broadcast it will instead be delayed until the following Tuesday, July 9th, for it's first airing, with a 9PM time slot. It will then be replayed a week later, starting at 10PM.
This is becoming a worrying trend for these G+ cards, and whilst this could be down to a change in main event, with Ogawa's original opponent Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) being unable to get a visa in time for the fight, it's still a worry with the show being one of several G+ cards to be pushed to a tape delayed mid-week broadcast.
We've got our fingers crossed that the August show, which will feature the return of former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志] and the rematch between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] and Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二], will be aired live, but right now it's unclear, especially given how little news has been made available in regards to that card in recent weeks.
It would be a huge shame to see G+ become exclusively a tape delay broadcaster for the sport, but they really have pulled back on their boxing contest in 2019, stopping certain re-runs and other boxing content. That's despite the fact other channels, including TBS and Fuji TV doing some huge numbers on boxing already this year.
In early May Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] will defend his title against mandatory challenger Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳], in the second meeting between the two men as part of the Champion Carnival.
Sadly the show won't be televised live, with broadcaster G+ recently revealing the show will not be televised until the Wednesday after the show takes place.
The first airing of the card will take place on at 21:30 on Wednesday May 8th, with a rebroadcast on May 29th, at 20:00, not on Saturday, when the bouts take place.
Whilst this is disappointing it is worth nothing that ESPN5 in the Philippines will be showing a card on Saturday whilst this show actually takes place, and it's good to see they won't be clashing for those who will be wanting to stream the cards.
That ESPN5 card, for those interested, will be headlined by Ryo Sagawa (6-1, 4) [佐川遼] challenging Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-2-1, 6) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Super Featherweight title, and may turn out to actually be a better bout than the Sueyoshi Vs Osato match up.
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