This coming weekend we'll see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] taking on Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] as he looks for his 8th defense of the title.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in a press conference and their physical examinations for the contest, as well as having other details for the bout confirmed.
Lets start with the physical, which sees both men being very similar physically, though Hisada was the slightly thicker set man, having a bigger neck and much thicker chest. In terms of reach and height however the two men were almost identical, with Kenshiro being just over 0.5" taller.
Interesting we were given quite a lot of information about the health of the two men. These details show us that Hisada has a low blood pressure, at 93 over 56, whilst Kenshiro's is pretty much in the ideal range. On the other hand Hisada's heart rate was much slower than that of the champion.
It was also announced that both men had under-gone PCR tests and got negative results.
At the press conference, which can be seen below, we saw quite a lot of information coming out. (Note - All quotes below are rough English translations)
Firstly promoter Masato Yamashita has revealed the event will go ahead unless the venue is forced to close under the new state of emergency measures in Osaka Prefecture. He explained "It is the responsibility of holding the game as long as it is undertaken. We will hold this event unless the venue is closed. I can't do it. If I'm told to do it with no audience, I'll do it with no audience. "
In saying that the show is planning to have 2,200 fans in attendance, with 2000 tickets already sold and 200 more will be available on the day of the event.
In regards to the fighters Kenshiro stated "If I can fight as usual, there is no problem. I want to fight at my own pace without rushing."
As for Hisada the gameplan seems to be about prevent Kenshiro from being himself, stating "I am in good condition and feeling good. I am excited to think that the day when I will become a world champion is approaching. I will not let the champion move as usual."
It should be noted, at the age of 36, that Hisada is looking to break the record as the oldest man to become a Japanese world champion, and he sounded confident as he explained "I want to show that I can fight at this age (36 years old) and that I can make my dreams come true, and give me excitement and courage. I will win overwhelmingly more than the champion,"
It's now, sadly, been confirmed that the main event, and the chief support bout will not be free to view as expected and will instead be available exclusively on Cantere Doga, a subscription service in Japan which can be signed up for here https://live.ktv-smart.jp/ for 330yen a month (about $3 or £2.50ish). Interestingly international subscription is possible via a bank card, though it's unclear if the stream will work internationally without things like VPN's being in use.
The under-card is expected to be shown for free on YouTube, with only the main event and chief support being shown on the paid service, with a broadcast starting at 14:30 on Cantere Doga.
Sadly with the inability to confirm that the stream will work internationally, we will not be advising anyone outside of Japan to sign up for Cantere Doga. Instead we would be hoping that, sometime soon, it will be aired on TV on some form of tape delay, or made available on delay by Shinsei promotions.
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We are now just a couple of days away from the year ending WBO Super Flyweight world title bout, pitting champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔] against unbeaten mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men under-went the usual pre-fight medical screening and thankfully there was no issues found with either man. They also both under-went a PCR test.
In terms of physical measurements, there really wasn't much at all between the two men. Ioka had a 2cm reach advantage and was marginally, .2cm, the taller man. Interestingly Tanaka had a thicker neck, but Ioka's chest was significantly bigger than Tanaka's
Ioka, sporting cornrows because he's not wanting to cut his hair for the fight, spoke about having Ismael Salas by his side for the fight, and spoke about wanting to repay the support of fans who have been behind him.
He once again made it clear that he feels the bout is about levels and he came across as a man confident that this is going to be a rather easy bout. He added that he was in good condition and it seemed very much like he was going about this like he has any fight, and that there nothing special about this one.
Interestingly, when compared to his last fight, Ioka seems to have changed size slight, and his reach measurement is 2cm longer than it was a year ago, when he fought Jeyvier Cintron,
As for Tanaka he seemed pumped for the fight, and stated that he was in the best condition of his career, despite moving up in weight. He spoke about how is different physically to the man he was a year ago, when he stopped Wulan Tuolehazi, and it seemed really clear that he was focused on being 100% for this bout.
To prepare for the bout has pretty much had the Hatanaka Gym in Nagoya all to himself, with Kiyoshi Hatanaka closing the gym to everyone other than people Tanaka wanted there, and Tanaka has also added to his team.
In regarding the contest it's self he echoed comments that he has made repeatedly, stating that Ioka is a good fighter, that he thinks the fight will be a great one, that he was confident and that he was aiming for a KO.
As well as the details above there was no abnormalities found in checks on the chest, abdomen, pupils or reflexes.
The bout, in Tokyo, will be shown globally through channels like TBS in Japan, Boxnation in the UK, Fox Sports in Australia and ESPN channels in Latin America, though still has no US TV Outlet, meaning US fans have the choice of trawling through illegal streams or using a service like Isakura to watch the bout live.
For those wanting to go the Isakura route, a 3 day trial will need to be ordered at some point on December 30th as it can take up to 12 hours to get the details sent through. More details about Isakura can be found here.
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(Images courtesy of Ambition Gym)
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