Yesterday we were informed that the June 6th Ishikawa Boxing Gym show, from the Arena Tachikawa Tachihi, Tachikawa, would be live streamed on YouTube for fans wanting to tune in to the show.
The show isn't a big one, and isn't one which will gain much international attention, but it should be a good one. The main event will be a rematch between Shinnosuke Saito (8-3, 2) [齋藤眞之助] and Hokuto Matsumoto (6-4, 1) [松本北斗], who fought in a very competitve first bout last November.
Also on the show is Japanese ranked fighter Hizuki Saso (12-7-2, 4) [佐宗緋月] and former Japanese title challenger Ryuji Ikeda (14-7-3, 9 [池田竜司].
The card is a great example of the rarely seen Japanese small hall scene and should be a good chance to see what the Japanese domestic scene is about, below the domestic title level and the emerging prospects. It's certainly not a show that will blow people away on the basis of match ups, but the action in the ring should speak for it's self.
For fans wanting to watch, the youtube channel of the promoter is Ishikawa Boxing Gym and the event will be shown live, from 1PM local time.
Tomorrow at the Central Gym in Kobe we'll get the latest show from Shinsei Gym. The card isn't a massive show, by any stretch, but it is one worth being aware of several reasons. It features a former world champion, a charismatic prospect and it's going to be shown live for free online!
The show was originally scheduled to feature 6 bouts in total, though that has been reduced to 5 after Yuri Takemoto (8-2-1, 4) [竹本雄利] was forced to pull out of a scheduled bout with Tamaki Miwa (6-6-1, 1) [三輪珠輝]
Today, ahead of the show, the fighters took part in their weigh in and the 10 fighters on the show all made weight for their bouts.
From the 5 bouts on the show there are 3 are worth some attention.
The first of those, which will be third on the broadcast, is a Super Bantamweight bout between Takahiro Tai (1-0, 1) [田井宜広] and JBC #15 ranked Bantamweight Koichi Wakita (7-2-3, 2) [脇田洸一]. The exciting Tai made his debut last year and immediately impressed with a flashy, fun, exciting style, and we're glad to see him back in the ring in a notable step up.
On the scales these two men were both around 121.5lbs, well under the 122lb limit.
The second bout of note is the chief support bout, which will see Yuki Yonaha (8-3-1, 5) [与那覇勇気] clash with Kenta Sakata (7-7-2) [坂田健太] in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout. Coming in to this Yonaha is ranked by the JBC at Bantamweight and looking to build on a very good 2020 win over the once touted Motoko Osanai.
On the scales neither man came close to the 115lb limit, with Yonaha weighing 114.6lbs and Sakata coming in at 114.4lbs.
The main event will see former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Shun Kubo (14-2, 9) [久保隼] battle against 22 year old tough guy Ruito Saeki (7-4-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗] in a match up that should be a lot better than it looks on paper. Kubo needs an impressive performance to show that he's back and heading in the right direction whilst Saeki has spoken very confidently in the build up to the bout.
The bout between Kubo and Saeki was set at a contracted weight of 58.5KG's, around 129lbs, and saw Saeki weigh bang on the limit whilst Kubo was slightly lighter, at around 128.8lbs.
For fans wanting to tune in for this one, it will be stream live on the Boxing Real YouTube channel, for free from around 13:00 Japan time. As well as the 3 bouts mentioned the show will also feature 2 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
Earlier today we were informed that the April 1st Korakuen Hall show, co-promoted Hideki Todaka Gym and Kawasaki Nitta Gym, will be available to watch live and online!
Sadly however the promoters haven't followed the lead of Shinsei Gym and A-Sign boxing who have been making a number of their shows available free online. Instead this will actually be a pay to watch event, streamed live on TwitCasting, something that was also used last year.
The card is small one, with 6 undercard bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds, and a main event that'll see Ryo Hino (13-2-2, 8) [日野僚] battle Ryukyu Oho (7-4, 4) [大保龍球] in an 8 rounder. Despite having 7 bouts on the show the event really doesn't scream a must watch card, and has 4 debutants on it.
Although it's great to see promoters trying new things, and TwitCasting for boxing is certainly new, we are put off by the cost of the event. The price of the event is 2,000 JPY (around £13 or $18), which is more than the price of 2 months of Boxing Raise and with other promoters giving away live content for free it seems a strange decision to charge so much for what is, for all intents, a very low key show.
We do wonder if, maybe, the promoters should consider using a live YouTube stream for their events, and allowing their fighters to build their profiles before turning to paid viewing options.
For those who are interested in checking this one out purchasing page for the show is here.
The usually brilliant Boxing Raise has had a notable downturn this year, with no new shows at all in February and until today they also had nothing official on their schedule for March.
Thankfully that changed today when they revealed their schedule for the month, and it's a mix bag.
Firstly it appears they won't have any live streams this month, which is a massive shame and a real negative for the service. Second they only have 3 shows the entire month. Thankfully however they are all good shows, and the first of those is already available for fans.
The first of those shows, the one now online, was Green Dream Vol 14, headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight youth title fight between Satoru Hoshiba [干場悟] and Tom Mizokoshi [溝越 斗夢]. This was a genuine great fight and for those with the service this is well worth watching.
The second show will be Victoriva 6, which takes place on March 18th. This card will be headlined by the much anticipated IBF Atomweight title bout, pitting champion Saemi Hanagata (16-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] against the skilled Eri Matsuda (4-0, 1) [松田恵里] and will also feature the long awaited debut of Narumi Yukawa (0-0) [湯川成美].
The final show on the service this month will be Slugfest 18 from Kadoebi Gym. This will be headlined by a contest between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] and will feature a genuine who's who of the Kadoebi Gym, including Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥].
For subscribers it's a decent line up, though it's a huge shame that nothing is being shown live.
Outside of Boxing Raise Japanese fan will have plenty to watch over the remained of the month with the Splendid Boxing show on March 21st being shown live on YouTube via Sakana and Seki Chan, with a live feed here, the March 25th Dynamic Glove card will be live on premium Japanese TV channel G+ and the March 28th "Real Spirits 71" from Shinsei Gym being shown live on YouTube channel BOXING REAL.
(Image credit - Boxing Raise)
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:
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