On New Year's Eve the Ota City General Gymnasium played host to a show with a staggering 6 title bouts on it. Sadly only two of those were shown live on Japanese channel TBS.
That meant that we never got the chance to see the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title fight, featuring unbeaten champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗] defending against former world title challenger Rey Loreto (25-15, 17), or the WBO female Super Flyweight title bout, between Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] and Chinese challenger Li Ping Shi (5-3, 2).
Thankfully we now know when those bouts will be televised, with TBS set to air them in just over a week's team on a tape delay basis as part of their semi-regular Guts Fighting series.
From the TBS website the bouts will air on January 20th at 2:05, though from a Japanese TV guide it appears the bout will actually be shown on the 21st at 2:05. It's unclear if they will be shown in full, though given how long they went it wouldn't be a surprise to see both aired in an unedited form during a 1 hour broadcast slot.
Although they'll have taken 3 weeks to be aired, we suspect the wait will be worth it, with the fan cam footage of Shigeoka's making it seem like that was a very fun fight.
At the moment it's unclear whether TBS plan to air the WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title bout between Yusaku Kuga (19-4-1, 13) [久我勇作] and Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal (17-8-6, 10), though given how short that was it would be no surprise to see them slip it on to this broadcast.
This coming weekend is set to be a huge one for Japanese fight fans, who have the chance to see some amazing action. Their is a brilliant card on Boxing Raise on Saturday, headlined by Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] defending the Japanese Super Bantamweight title against Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 11) [久我勇作], on the same day we will also get the WBSS card from Glasgow, featuring Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] and Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12).
On Sunday fans in Kobe, specifically those at the Portopia Hotel, will get the chance to see a really interesting card, headlined by Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] challenging IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30).
It was assumed that the Sunday card would be aired live, with Kansai TV mentioned as a "support" for the show on the Shinsei website. Sadly however the show does not seem like it is getting a live broadcast slot afterall. In fact at the time of writing, it's not listed for a broadcast at all, though sources are reporting that Kansai TV will show the bout, at some point.
This is a huge shame, given the match up and style of the men involved. This should have been a small treat for the fans in the Kansai region, and it's a real shame that the card isn't getting a live broadcast. Fingers crossed the delay won't be a long one!
Related - Konishi challenges heavy handed champion Alvarado!
Over the last 12 months or so we have seen Japanese youngster Daigo Higa (9-0, 9) [比嘉 大吾] build a growing fan base, who have warmed to him to his aggressive style and exciting in ring performances. Those fans will be happy to know that Higa's up coming bout, this Saturday for the OPBF Flyweight title, will be aired live.
The bout, which will see Higa battle OPBF champion Ardin Diale (31-9-3, 15), will be screened on G+ with the broadcast set to start at 17:45 Tokyo time, the same time as the card starts in the arena.
The broadcast will not only showcase the Higa Vs Diale bout, which we know many fans are very excited about, but will also air the entire show, which features 5 other televised bouts before the main event. Those bouts may not be mouth watering but they should act as a nice starter before the potentially explosive main event.
For fight fans who haven't seen Higa Saturday should be a brilliant opportunity to see him against a fringe world class opponent in Diale, who is a former world title challenger and is a very experienced and criminally under-rated boxer. For those same fans we have included Higa's "break out win" over Kongfah CP Freshmart below, for those who haven't seen that one we really recommend giving it a watch.
Of course it's not a one man fight and Diale is himself known for being in a war not too long ago, losing to Higa's stablemate Koki Eto. Since that bout he has been in great form and may well see a win over Higa as his revenge for the Eto bout, just to be fair we have also included that bout below, and again suggest watching it, particularly the crazy 8th round that saw Eto come from the brink of defeat to stop Diale.
Diale and Higa set for war!
Over the last week or so we have seen a lot of requests for the TV details for this weeks coming bouts in Japan. Rather than reply individually to everyone asking about every bout we thought we'd make it easy and just put up one article with all the details.
Firstly we get the “Boxing FES 2015” on December 29th. The show is headlined by the WBO Super Flyweight world title fight between Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) and Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21), a bout that is Inoue's comeback following a serious hand injury. The main event, along with the chief support bout between IBF Light Flyweight champion Javier Mendoza (24-2-1, 19) and Japanese challenger Akira Yaegashi (22-5, 12) will be aired on Fuji TV from 19:00 local time, with the broadcast expected to last 2 hours, though a possible extension of 30 minutes is available should Fuji need it.
For British fans that card will be from 10:00 to 12:00, whilst fans in other countries will unfortunately need to find their equivalent time.
Sadly no other bouts from the show will be aired, unless the main events are over quickly.
The first of the bouts to be aired on December 31st is a join broadcast by CBC, which is a local channel in Chubu, and TBS. That bout, scheduled to be aired at 16:00 local time, will see WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2) defending his crown against Filipino challenger Vic Saludar (11-1, 9). Whilst many will watch this on TBS it's strangely not been listed on their boxing page, though is on their TV guide.
The Tanaka/Saludar bout has been given a 1 hour time slot and will finish at 17:00 local time.
Staying with TBS the channel will return to boxing at 18:00 where they will show a pair of title bouts as part of their huge "KYOKUGEN" show. The bouts in question will see WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (18-1, 10) defend his title against Argentinian Juan Carlos Reveco (36-2, 19), who he beat for the belt earlier this year, and IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (30-7-0-1, 12) defending his belt against Mexican Jose Argumedo (15-3-1, 9). Notably it seems that Takayama's bout may come later in the show as TBS are planning to share the slot between the boxing and MMA, with Ioka's bout pencilled in as the second to be shown and Takayama's the 4th.
The final action of the year comes from Tokyo TV in a broadcast set to begin at 21:30 local time and is set to run for 2 hours. This broadcast features the remaining two world title fights. The “main” event sees the popular Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19) defending his WBA Super Featherweight “Super” title against little known Nicaraguan challenger Oliver Flores (27-1-2, 17) whilst the other bout sees Uchiyama's stable mate Ryoichi Taguchi (22-2-1, 9) defending his WBA Light Flyweight title against Colombian Luis de la Rosa (25-4-1, 14).
Looking at the details available there should be no overlap, unlike last year, however we do need to warn fans that some results may be available before the telecasts, so they may want to stay vigilante so as to avoid spoilers.
Next Tuesday sees one of the most interesting match ups of the year as WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17) battles against former long term WBA “super” champion Anselmo Moreno (35-3-1, 12). The bout it one that has connected with the hardcore fans online and has been a big talking point in Japan, where Yamanaka is one of the most popular champions.
Whilst the fight ins't being aired in either Europe or North America we know fans will be interested in viewing the bout. For those fans we're happy to report that the bout will be aired on NTV, which is admittedly no surprise with many of Yamanaka's bouts airing on the channel, and will be aired from 7PM Japanese time. That's 11AM in the UK and 6AM in New York, which perhaps means that many fans in the US will have to set an alarm to catch the fight live.
From what we under-stand the main event will be the only bout aired on the broadcast, which is a shame considering the genuinely good looking Super Featherweight bout between Kenichi Ogawa (15-1, 13) and Deivi Julio Bassa (17-0, 10).
Shinsuke Yamanaka and Anselmo Moreno meet in WBC Bantamweight title clash!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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