In recent weeks we've seen YouTube become the outlet of choice Japanese fights, with BOXING REAL and A-Sign Boxing being great for fight fans wanting to follow the Japanese scene. It appears that YouTube will continue to be a major outlet in coming months, with BOXING REAL streaming a Shinsei card in September, Suruga Boys streaming their September card, Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] streaming his bout with Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12), and TV Osaka streaming the Taisei Promoted "From the World to Mita 16" event on November 23rd.
Despite YouTube becoming a major outlet for Japanese fights we do still have TV channels in the country and today we saw announcements of two channels set to show come boxing in the coming months!
The first of the broadcasts will be a live broadcast on subscription service WOWOW, of the WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight title bout between Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Jason Moloney (21-1, 18). This is set to be aired on WOWOW Prime from 10:30AM in Japan on November 1st.
At the moment there hasn't been an announced tape delay airing, though it's assumed that Fuji TV will carry the bout in full on terrestrial TV, potential with same day delay during prime time. This has been the case with some international bouts of Fuji fighters and we suspect it'll continue here.
The second bit of TV news is that TBS will broadcast the bout between former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (16-1, 16) [比嘉 大吾] and the unbeaten Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-1, 4) [堤聖也]. The bout will take place on October 26th at Korakuen Hall, but will sadly not be aired until November 18th as part of the "Guts Fighting" series. We suspect that broadcast will also be used to hype up a potential December TBS show.
Whilst we're on the subject of televised boxing in Japan it's worth adding that Japanese pay TV channel G+ will be broadcasting two shows that take place in October.
On October 3rd they will be broadcasting a live card headlined by Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (16-1, 10) [松永 宏信], who will be defending his belt against Yuto Shimizu (14-4-2, 5) [清水優人], with this broadcast set to run from 17:45 to 22:00 local time.
On October 5th they will then broadcast the Teiken promoted card headlined by a bout between Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] and Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏]. This card, originally scheduled for September, will take place on October 2nd and will be on tape delay. This will be broadcast between 17:00 and 22:00 local time.
Both of those will then get re-shown through the month, with the Teiken show set to be re-shown on October 12th and the other card being rebroadcast on October 19th.
Fans of Japanese boxing haven't had it this good in years!
Last week we reported that former 3-weight world champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29) had a positive result show up on a PCR test. As a result of Linares's test result the Teiken Gym was forced to close temporarily. Since then all of the Teiken fighters, and trainers, have been tested and shown negative results in PCR tests, however the gym is still not open, and hasn't been given permission to reopen from the public health centre.
Had the gym only been closed for a few days, as some hoped, the knock on from the closure would have been very limited. It would seen a bout that was supposed to take today place being cancelled, which it was last week, and Linares bout set for August 28th being cancelled. That would pretty much have been it.
Sadly though with the gym still being closed it has now had wider knock on issues. The most obvious of those relate to the fighters who had been preparing for a September 5th date, for a show at Korakuen Hall which was set to be televised live on G+. With fighters unable to train at the gym at the moment, the September 5th date has officially been scrapped today. Instead the show will be delayed until October 2nd, which may have other knock on issues relating to TV.
The original date for the fight sat on a TV slow reserved for a live boxing broadcast with G+ as part of their monthly Dynamic Glove series. That series shows a live boxing event on the first Saturday of every month, typically from Korakuen Hall. The new days falls on a Friday which may mean that the event misses out on live TV, though this yet to be confirmed. If live TV is lacking the best we can hope for is a tape delay broadcast.
The reason the event can't take the set aside October TV slot, on the first Saturday of the month, is that there is already a show set for that date, with Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (16-1, 10) [松永 宏信] defending his belt against Yuto Shimizu (14-4-2, 5) [清水優人] on October 3rd.
In a perfect world both events would get live TV coverage, though we suspect that that's unlikely to happen. It should be noted that the event is still being marketed as a Dynamic Glove show, suggesting that the event will still get TV exposure, though it's unclear if it will be tape delay or live broadcast.
What makes this even bigger news is that the September 5th date was set to be the first live televised event in Japan since boxing restarted there. They have had some tape delay broadcasts and have had some live streamed events, but no live televised boxing has taken place in the country since February.
We do, fully understand the reason for the delay, and I think everyone else does as well. But it's certainly been a few frustrating months for some of the fighters on this show. That includes Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一], who has now had 3 different dates fall apart this year.
From what we under-stand, though again it's yet to be confirmed, the 6 bouts that were scheduled for September 5th will all still take place on the new date. However we do know that the card, for definite, still includes Ogawa's bout with the world ranked foe Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏] and Shokichi Iwata's (4-0, 3) [岩田翔吉] bout with Ryo Narizuka (9-9-1) [成塚亮].
Once we know more about the bout line up and the TV situation we'll report that.
Last week Teiken announced that former 3-weight world champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29) had a positive result show up on a PCR test. There was worries that the situation could end similar to the Osakan Gym cluster, which saw more than 15 individual testing positive including fighters, trainers and gym owner.
Today Teiken announced that everyone at the gym has been tested yesterday, including all the fighters and all the trainers, with everyone returning a negative result earlier today.
This is great news for the gym, but things still aren't perfect and the gym still hasn't been given permission to re-open, with the Public Health Center still not allowing them to open the doors, yet.
The hope is, obviously, for the gym to be given permission to be open shortly so fighters can continue their preparation for upcoming bouts, including the bouts set for a September 5th "Dynamic Glove" show.
Among those who tested negative were Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一], who announced his negative test on social media. His name is particularly notable as he will be main eventing the September show and will be facing world ranked foe Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏].
The September 5th show is a major one for Japanese boxing as it will be the first live televised card since the sport resumed in the country in July. In fact it will be the first nationally televised card in the country since February 1st! The show will have heightened focus as G+ have had several other shows fall through for recent months, including the planned August 21st WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20), which was indefinitely postponed when Magramo was unable to travel to Japan, due to the on-going situation.
At the end of July we saw Teiken announce their next card, set for September 5th at Korakuen Hall. At the time only 2 bouts for the show were announce, but today we were informed of more details relating to the event, which will have 6 bouts on it and will be shown live on G+, as part of their Dynamic Glove series, from Korakuen Hall.
As previously reported the main event will see Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] take on Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏] in a bout between for Japanese champions who are both currently world ranked and both are looking to get a shot at a world title in the near future.
The chief support bout was also previously announced, and will see the highly touted Shokichi Iwata (4-0, 3) [岩田翔吉] taking on Ryo Narizuka (9-9-1) [成塚亮] in an 8 rounder.
A second 8 rounder on this show will see Hikari Mineta (8-1, 5) [峯田 光] take on Ryuya Tsugawa (7-1, 3) [津川 龍也] in a mouth watering 8 round Featherweight bout. Mineta lost in the 2018 Rookie of the Year final, losing to Yuri Takemoto, whilst Tsugawa won the Rookie of the Year last year. This is a brilliant match up, and could end up the most interesting of the bouts on the card.
Another interesting bout on the card will see the unbeaten pairing of Kenshi Noda (2-0, 2) [野田 賢史] and Toshiki Kawamitsu (4-0, 1) [川満 俊輝] face off in a really mouth watering bout. This will be a 6 round Light Flyweight bout and is a fantastic match up, worthy of real attention.
Another unbeaten hopeful announced for this card is Shigetoshi Kotari (1-0, 1) [神足 茂利], who will be up against Motosuke Kimura (3-4-2, 1) [木村 元祐], in a 6 round Featherweight bout.
The opening bout on the show will see Takayoshi Suzuki (5-1-1, 1) [鈴木 敬祥] take on Tamaki Miwa (6-6-1, 1) [干場 悟] in a 6 round Super Bantamweight bout.
Given this event will be the first live televised show in Japan since February this is a key show and we're glad that it has so many interesting bouts on it.
The last few months have been frustrating ones for those wanting to get excited about boxing, with bouts being cancelled and postponed repeatedly.
One recent postponement was that of the scheduled WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20), which was set for August 21st. Nothing has yet been announced about that contest, other than it's been postponed.
One of the fighters who was supposed to be on that show was Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] who also had his bout postponed. Thankfully we do now know that his bout hasn't been postponed for long, in fact we now know that he will be in action on September 5th.
In the opposite corner to Ogawa will be former Japanese Lightweight champion Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏], who is having most notable bout since he won that Japanese title back in March 2017, a title he never actually defended.
On paper this is a really interesting match up and one we're looking forward to seeing, even though it doesn't come close to replacing the now postponed WBO Flyweight title bout.
As well as the main event there has been one other bout for the show announced. That will see touted prospect Shokichi Iwata (4-0, 3) [岩田翔吉] taking on Ryo Narizuka (9-9-1) [成塚亮] in an 8 round bout at Light Flyweight. Entering this one Iwata is JBC ranked and will likely be looking to take huge steps towards a potential title bout in 2021, some thing he likely wanted to have this year before...this year became what it's been.
Although it's not been confirmed we do expect this two bouts, and any more which get added to the show, to be aired on G+ as part of their Dynamic Glove series.
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