Tomorrow fight fans wanting a bit of weekend action will get the chance to see a potentially sensational bout from Korea as thrill a minute teenager Jong Seon Kang (11-0-2, 6) [강종선] takes on Nam Jun Lee (11-6-3, 5) [이남준] in what should be a sensational war for the WBO Oriental Featherweight title.
The 19 year old Kang is one of the most exciting young fighters in the sport. Technically he is very limited but wars with Qixiu Zhang, Tomjune Mangubat and Seung Hyun Lee have endeared him to fans of the Korean scene who know, when they watch him, that they are in for a treat. Despite only being 19 he has tasted silverware before winning the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Featherweight title and the WBO Youth Featherweight title.
Lee on the other hand is a veteran, at 37, but is very much a battled hardened fighter who beat Sa Myung Noh in 2017 and went the distance with Japan's Shuya Masaki in 2019.
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in and from what we understand both men made weight without any issues.
As well as the main event there is also 4 under-card bouts planned for the show, which will be the first in Korea in 2021.
The KBA have have announced that fans will not be in attendance for the event, but that a live stream of the show, starting at 2PM Korean time, will be available on this YouTube channel:
Press-release SALITA PROMOTIONS TO LIVESTREAM FREE HOLIDAY MATINEE OF RUSSIAN BOXING TOMORROW, THUR., DEC. 24,AT 1:30 PM ET/10:30 AM PT, ONSALITA PROMOTIONS YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Terentyev vs. Plotnikov for WBA Asia Middleweight Championship in Main Event; Olympic Gold Medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov
in Second Pro Fight
This Thursday, December 24, at 1:30 pm ET (10:30 am PT), Salita Promotions will livestream a 19-fight afternoon matinee of international boxing on their popular YOUTUBE CHANNEL, free of charge from the Soviet Wings Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia.
The marathon boxing event, presented by Shamo Boxing in association with Salita Promotions, will feature a rugged 10-round battle for the WBA Asia Middleweight Championship between Saint Petersburg southpaw Evgeny Terentyev (16-3-0, 8 KOs) and Ukrainian veteran Viktor Plotnikov (33-9, 15 KOs) in the main-event.
In just his fourth fight, super middleweight prospect Pavel Siliyagin (4-0-0, 2 KOs) from Novosibirsk, Russia, will face 54-fight veteran Siarhei Khamitski (32-19-2, 14 KOs) from Minsk, Belarus, in the co-main event, scheduled for 10 rounds.
WBO #7 and IBF #8 bantamweight Nikolai Potapov (21-2-1, 11 KOs), of Podolsk, Russia, now residing Brooklyn, will return to the ring to take on Ukrainian contender Oleksandr Hryshchuk (16-2-1, 6 KOs) of Bilytske, Ukraine.
Just three fights into his pro career, Ruza, Russia’s undefeated Valery Oganisyan (3-0, 2 KOs) will take on capable Gelendzhik, Russia, veteran Dmitry Mikhaylenko (23-7, 10 KOs) for the Russian Super Lightweight Championship.
And in a special attraction, a definite prospect to watch, 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov (1-0, 1 KO) from Andijan, Uzbekistan, will face Russia’s Mirzamuhammad Mutalibov (1-2) from Novokuznetsk.
“I am honored to bring one of the last fight cards of the year to our worldwide YOUTUBE CHANNEL audience,” said promoter Dmitriy Salita. The show is going to showcase world-class fighters from every level of the developmental landscape – from Olympic Gold Medalist Hasanboy to one of the best bantamweights in the world, Nikolai Potapov.”
Calling the action in English for the above five featured fights will be Canada’s Corey Erdman, a commentary veteran for ESPN, NBC, CBS, SpikeTV, BoxNation, DAZN and SNY, as well as UFC Fight Pass' recurring series Broadway Boxing. Erdman is also a lead columnist for Boxing Scene, and a regular combat sports contributor to VICE.
"I'm excited to be a part of delivering the holiday gift of live boxing to everyone this year," said Erdman. “It's great to see Nikolai Potapov back in action, and perhaps becoming a factor in the bantamweight division. Fans who follow amateur boxing are obviously excited to see Hasanboy Dusmatov's second pro fight as well. With his pedigree, I'm sure it won't be long before we're talking about him in the world title picture.”
The livestream is part of Salita Promotions’ ever-expanding YOUTUBE CHANNEL, that already offers thousands of hours of past fights from many of the biggest names in boxing, free of charge, and attracts more than 5 million monthly views with 138,000 subscribers and hundreds of thousands of daily viewers.
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About Salita Promotions
Salita Promotions was founded in 2010 by Dmitriy Salita, a professional boxer and world-title challenger who saw the need for a promotional entity to feature boxing's best young prospects and established contenders in North America and around the world. Viewers watching fighters on worldwide television networks including Showtime, HBO, ESPN, Spike TV, Universal Sports Network, UFC Fight Pass, DAZN, ESPN+ and MSG have enjoyed Salita Promotions fight action in recent years. We pride ourselves on offering our fighters opportunities inside and outside the ring. Salita Promotions looks forward to continuing to grow and serve the needs of fight fans around the globe.
Check the Salita Promotions YouTube Channel for regular updates of the modern world’s greatest fighters, contenders and prospects in action.
Earlier today it was confirmed that the December 19th "Real Spirits Vol 70" show from the EDION Arena Osaka, would be live streamed from the venue for free over YouTube, as the Boxing Real channel continues to build on their early success.
The show, which will begin on Saturday at 12:30 local today, isn't the biggest card, with just 5 bouts on it, but it one with several bouts of real intrigue.
One of those is the third bout on the card, the twice re-arranged showdown between touted prospect Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑] and former world title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平]. This bout was supposed to take place in August and then in November, but issues affecting Nishida caused the first cancellation and issues with Omori forced the second. Despite the issues it now seems we're all able to watch the bout for free!
The other is a potential tear up between 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-4, 11) [久高 寛之] and former Rookie of the Year winner Tetsuro Ohashi (7-1-1, 2) [大橋 哲朗]. Given the styles and mentalities of the two men in the ring this one will be something to remember, and could end up being the sleeper classic for the weekend.
For fans wanting to tune in here, the live feed will be available on the Boxing Real YouTube channel.
For those getting up early in Europe this morning to watch the bouts from Hyogo we have the news we didn't want to have. The anticipated bout between former multi-time world champion Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] and former 2-time world title challenger Reiya Konishi (17-2, 7) [小西伶弥] has been cancelled at the last minute.
The bout, which was supposed to take place in about 3 hours time, has been called off due to Konishi testing positive for Covid19 in the PCR test he took at the weigh in, yesterday, with the results coming back today.
This situation mimics the issue that forced the cancellation of the WBA Light Flyweight "Super" title fight between Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12) earlier this month and shows that the protocol used in Japan does need changing, before more events are cancelled due to this type of late-positive test. In Kyoguchi's case it was the day before that the bout was cancelled whilst this is on the day of the event
Thankfully however Konishi's positive test will not force a cancellation of the card, but instead just the single bout he was set to be on.
Konishi tested negative a week ago and it's been stated there will be discussion at an upcoming meeting regarding testing and the shows. The JBC's general secretary Tsuyoshi Yasukochi has told the media "Konishi had undergone a PCR test once a week ago (negative), and it was confirmed that both the individual players and Jim had taken considerable infection prevention measures. I have to think that it is already in a situation where anything can happen. Not only the inspection system but also the shows themselves will be discussed at the Corona Countermeasures Subcommittee on the 26th."
As is the case with all bouts in Japan Konishi did go into isolation after the weigh in, where he is awaiting instructions from the local health center.
Takayama has stated, reportedly through his lawyer, "I'm sorry to cancel the match on the day of the event, but I can't help it. I pray for Konishi and those infected with the new coronavirus. I will switch my focus towards my next bout" [Translated]. That was something was echoed by his long term trained Hiroake Nakade "I'm sorry that it was a perfect preparation, but I will change my mind and prepare for the next game." [Translated]. It is worth noting this was supposed to be his return to the professional ranks after more than 4 years away, and it's hard to see what is now planned for the 37 year old veteran
Konishi has posted on social media "The result of the weighing and PCR test of the game the other day , Since it turned out to be positive, the match was canceled. I'm really sorry. I've been told earlier, so I'll contact you again for future support. I'm really sorry." [Translated]
Those who are tuning into the event will still get the chance to see former world title challenger Sho Ishida (28-2, 15) [石田 匠] battle Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-0, 2) [石井渡士也] and the WBO Asia Pacific title bout between Riku Kano (16-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] and Ryoki Hirai (13-6-1, 4) [平井亮輝], with both bouts being live on the TV Osak live stream on YouTube and their website.
Tomorrow at the Shinjuku FACE we'll get the next A-Sign boxing card, with the main event featuring teenage sensation Jin Sasaki (8-0, 7) [佐々木尽] battling with fellow big puncher Tatsuya Miyazaki (9-13-1, 9) [宮崎辰也]. Although a mismatch on paper the bout is certainly set to deliver fireworks, with 16 of the men's combined 17 wins coming from stoppage and 13 of those coming in the first 4 rounds, and it's certainly a dangerous assignment for Sasaki, if he gets caught.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men weighed in for the contest and both men made the Welterweight limit with no issues.
On the scales Sasaki was 146.8lbs. After making weight he spoke about how this is his heaviest weight so far, and how Miyazaki is the biggest puncher he's faced to date. Despite being aware of Miyazaki's power he had promised a big KO of his own, and seemed very confident of picking up an impressive win here.
Miyazaki on the other hand had room to play with on the scales, weighing in at 146.4lbs. His comments were somewhat less full off confidence, stating that you can see the bout on YouTube, which we'll link to below.
Aged 36 Miyazaki's career is certainly coming to an end, but a win here would give him a high to go out one, even if it would take a huge upset for him to get that win.
For those tuning in the guest commentary will be from recently crowned WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人].
As for the YouTube link the bout will be streamed on the A-Sign boxing YouTube channel.
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