The long awaited WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20), who are fighting for the vacant title, has seen it's scheduled date slip once again. Thankfully however it does appear that this will be the final change in date for a bout that was supposed to take place in April, before all shows in Japan were put on hold.
The bout, which has had dates pencilled in for April, May and July now appears set in stone for August 21st, at Korakuen Hall on a Teiken promoted card. That's 20 days later the previously reported date, but we do have more details regarding the event and the bout won't be the only one of note on the show.
The show was announced by Teiken earlier today on their website, confirming the show would be a Dynamic Glove Special, suggesting that G+ will be televising the bout live. That may leave the door open for two different G+ cards in the month, which is something we have seen rumoured for the rest of 2020 given the backlog of fights and the very limited TV dates typically available.
As well as the much anticipated, and repeatedly rescheduled, main event we also now know that the card show will feature Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] and Hayate Kaji (14-0, 9) [梶颯]. Both men were pencilled in for the original April show, but due to the on-going global situation that card was postponed. Sadly neither man has yet had their opponents for the show confirmed.
It's unclear what has caused this delay, but giving the two men around 3 weeks extra to prepare after lengthy lay offs due to the world situation doesn't appear to be a bad thing, and could serve both fighters well. At the time of writing it's unclear whether the show will be allowing fans or note, though that may explain the postponement of the bout.
It should be noted that the WBO title is currently vacant, and has been since Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成] gave it up earlier in the year when he moved up in weight.
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.
The Coronavirus Countermeasures Liaison Council, set up by the Japan Boxing Commission and Japan Professional Boxing Association had their latest meeting today and took their latest step towards opening up the boxing scene in the country. A full decision on the restart it expect to be made in the coming days but today's meeting did lay down some clear ground work for the return.
In regards to health and safety the hope is to give fighters anti-body tests 3 weeks prior to a bout. That still hasn't been totally signed off but seems to be the standard they will be pushing for. The shows will also be non-spectator events to begin with, and it doesn't seem like their is a clear agreement on when that is going to be changed.
The first show that has been applied for at Korakuen Hall is, still, the planned Ohashi show on July 16th which will be a double header show, with no supporting under-card. That event is planned to see OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (8-1, 8) [清水 聡] defending his title against Kyohei Tonomoto (9-2-1, 4) [殿本恭平] and Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koki Inoue (15-0, 12) [浩樹井上] defending his belt against mandatory challenger Daishi Nagata (14-2-1, 5) [永田大士].
That may end up not being the first show in Japan in July, with applications made for two shows at the Aioi Hall, one on July 5th and one on July 12, though details of those shows haven't been announced in any sort of detail yet. This could mean Japanese boxing restarts in Central Japan almost 2 weeks before it starts in the capital.
Talking about events in the capital it appears the Japanese Middleweight title bout between Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] will not take place on July 27th as planned, and has been pushed back, potentially to 2012. That was due to Kunimoto requesting a delay based on his inability to train.
Despite that news there is the hope is that Tokyo will host a card on July 22nd, with Kenta Nakagawa (18-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] defending his Japanese Super Flyweight title against Yuta Matsuo (15-4-2, 8) [松尾雄太].
Notably there wasn't any mention of the recently reported WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20), which was reportedly looking for a July 4th date.
Earlier today Philstar reported that the new date being eyed for the world title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) is July 4th at Korakuen Hall, with the two men vying for the vacant WBO Flyweight title that Kosei Tanaka vacated earlier in the year.
Philstar report that Teiken would be promoting the bout and that Teiken and Magramo's manager, Johnny Elorde, have agreed a deal for the bout. However before the bout can go ahead there will need to be certain things that need to be cleared.
According to Philstar the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) chairman Baham Mitra has stated that he's in touch with Leon Panoncillo and Tsuyoshi Yasukochi in regards to the safety protocols of the event before allowing the bout from their side. Their will also be visa issues to solve before the bout can be signed and sealed and delivered.
At the moment flights of the Philippines aren't as regular as usual and it's unclear at the moment what the protocols would be for the bout, and the travel arrangements would be for Magramo's team. It appears that is just part of the issues that will need to be solved if the bout is to go ahead in early July.
Originally the contest had been set for April and was then provisionally rescheduled to June, before being put on the backburner.
At the moment the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA) have only made it known that there are only 3 applications for shows in July, with this not being one of them, though their is expected to be a spate of applications in the coming days.
At the last meeting the JBC and JPBA stated that their plan will be for no fan shows to begin with, before bringing in shows with only 30% of the seats made available. Shows will also be limited to 8 bouts, maximum, with a maximum of 32 rounds per show. With that in mind it would be interesting to see what else Teiken have got in mind for this potential show. With a world title bout taking up 12 of the maximum 32 rounds, it would leave them able to put on another few bouts, if they choose.
Interestingly July 4th would match up with the regularly scheduled Dynamic Glove, on G+ which would make for a great return to televised boxing in Japan.
Again it needs to be noted that the bout hasn't been officially announced, and teams have hurdles on both sides to over-come, but it's great to see talk of this bout is surfacing and that Teiken are looking to put it on when boxing returns the Land of the Rising sun.
Yesterday unbeaten Japanese fighter Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] returned from the US to Japan.
The talented Nakatani was originally scheduled to face once beaten Filipino Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) in a bout for the WBO Flyweight title bout, on April 4th. Due to a Japanese suspension of the sport that bout is now indefinitely postponed.
Nakatani mentioned that the move back to Japan was in response to the increase of coronavirus in the US, which means he has had cancel sparring with Luis Nery, of all people.
The unbeaten fighter from the MT Gym has said that he the practicing went well, and that he will resume training back in Japan from today, rather than taking time out of gym to relax.
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