We have all been waiting for live boxing to return for weeks, though we all understand why the sport hasn't been taking place on any sort of regular basis. Now it appears that there are events being lined up for the next few months.
It appears that one of those events will be streamed live on the A-Sign boxing YouTube Channel, who had been hoping to stream events back in March but will now need to wait until August to have their live feeds.
Originally the channel, which has provided so amazing fights on delay, was hoping to stream some Rookie of the Year cards as part of the "Save Japanese Boxing" campaign. It's now unclear if they will be able to stream them when they get re-arranged. However the channel are planning to show an event on August 31st from the Shinjuku FACE, which isn't expected to have fans attending.
With no fans attending there is a plan to bring in a tipping system for fans to financially aid the fighters for their bouts.
The event is set to be headlined by the Japanese debut of Shoki Sakai (23-11-2, 12) [坂井 祥記], who has fought his entire career so far in the West. His opponent hasn't yet been named.
Other bouts announced for this show includes a match up between Ken Koubuchi (5-4, 4) [鯉渕 健] and cult hero Takuya Yamaguchi (4-11-2, 2) [山口拓也], as well as a bout between Ryugo Ushijima (3-1-2, 2) [牛島 龍吾] and Ryukyu Oho (6-3, 3) [大保 龍球]. Whilst not amazing bout
Others announced for this show include promising teenager Jin Sasaki (7-0, 6) [佐々木 尽] and 2019 Rookie of the Year winner Hyoga Taniguchi (3-2-2, 1) [谷口 彪賀], who are both currently without an announced opponent.
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)
Tomorrow's bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], which will see Kyoguchi defending his WBA "super" and Ring Magazine, will not any live television coverage, a strange given the bout will be an all-Japanese affair. In fact not only is it an all Japanese bout, but it's all Osakan bout, in Osaka, a perfect chance for MBS to get a huge audience figure for a bout that sells it's self.
Thankfully however MBS, the Kansai affiliate of TBS, will actually have the bout legally and freely available.
The bout will be available on the MBS website, with this link, or alternatively the youtube link we've included below.
The broadcast is expected to go live around 20:00 local time on Tuesday, though MBS do stipulate that the start time may change depending on when the bout actually takes place and the speed in which the undercard progresses.
Interestingly there has been stipulated date or time for a tape delay television broadcast, so watching the live streams may be the only opportunity to see the bout, much like the IBF Flyweight title bout earlier this year between Moruti Mthlane and Masayuki Kuroda [黒田 雅之].
Related - Kyoguchi takes on Hisada in Osakan showdown!
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!
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