sEarlier today we were informed that Daisuke Sugita (5-1, 3) [杉田大祐] would be back in the ring at the end of November to make his first defense of the lightly regarded WBA Asia Super Bantamweight title.
The well regarded policeman-boxer will be defending the belt in Taiwan on November 30th, when he goes up against Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-42-8, 6). On paper this is a total mismatch, but it's a good chance to Sugita to get some more international experience before bigger bouts down the line in 2020.
Also on this card will be former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-5-1, 6) [田村亮一], who battles Indonesian Moensaku Yor (6-5-1, 4) in a bout for the OPBF Silver Super Bantamweight title. The winner of this will, in theory, be the mandatory challenger for either OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2-2, 13) [勅使河原 弘晶]or Shohei Kawashima (18-3-2, 4) [川島翔平], with those two set to fight for the main title on December 12th at Korakuen Hall.
At the moment it's expected that this card, like previous shows in Taiwan, will be made freely available to stream, and although the bouts are mismatches it's always fun to see Sugita and Tamura in action.
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It's fair to say that this week is set to be a big one, especially for Japanese fight fans with two world title bouts and two Japanese title bouts coming over the weekend. It is however noting that it's not just Japan with fights but other countries too, and we get a notable card from Thailand, thanks to WorkPoint TV and a small, but totally, free card from Taiwan on Saturday.
The Taiwanese boxing scene isn't a big one, by any stretch, but it is one worth noting as it's expected to be one of the growing markets in the sport over the next 12 months, with the OPBF entering the country in the hope of developing it's boxing scene.
Part of developing a boxing scene is to get eyes on the product and the fighters and this weekend's card is available through Youtube, with MOE Sports streaming the show.
Sadly the card really is a low key one, with the biggest bout scheduled for the show being between Chia Ching Hung (4-1-1, 4) and Anurak Madua (6-3, 4), though with a lot of debutants on it you really will be able to begin following the sport in it's infancy in the country
We've embedded the feed below for those interested in some free boxing and to join the start of a small but growing scene...also people who perhaps want to have good news after hearing that a couple of Japanese shows won't be getting live TV coverage in the coming weeks.
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