One thing that has long made Japanese boxing so brilliant to fans had been the ease with which the sport is available. It's biggest fights are usually on free TV, and services like Boxing Raise have made the sport more accessible than ever before.
Japan, essentially, has no PPV market. They have some subscription TV channels, such as G+ and WOWOW showing boxing, but almost no PPV boxing at all.
With that in mind it's come as a massive surprise to learn that Hopeful Fight Vol 33 will essentially be a stand alone PPV on November 13th. Not only is it set to be one of the very, very few PPV's in Japan this year, but it's also set to be an online only PPV and comes at a frankly ridiculous price.
The event, will be headlined by Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) [三好喜美佳] defending her title against Yoshie Wakasa (6-2, 2) [若狭与志枝], in a bout that really won't capture the attention of many. Even the hardcore fans are likely to baulk at paying for this. Amazingly however the show till be available to watch live, on November 13th, on Twitcasting.
For those hardcore enough to want to watch this, they will need to cough up a viewing fee of ¥5,000 plus a usage fee of ¥100. Essentially for fans wanting to watch this, and just, this show it will cost almost $50. For those wondering the cheapest tickets for the event are also ¥5,000.
Sadly for the Nitta Gym this isn't the first time they've gone to what is essentially a PPV model, having previously worked with a PPV broadcaster for the 2018 Japanese Middleweight title bout between Hikaru Nishida [西田 光] and Kazuto Takesako [竹迫司登].
During a time when free live streams are being provided more and more often, and when fans themselves are looking to buy broadcasting rights for events, this seems a very, very poor move from the promoters and one that has been priced to the point where almost no one will be watching.
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