This coming weekend we'll see unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) [Жан Кособуцкий] look to continue his unbeaten record as he takes on 43 year old American foe Steve Vukosa (12-1, 4). The bout isn't the most exciting, but it does keep the talented Kazakh busy ahead of potentially bigger fights next year.
The fight, which will take place in Duesseldorf, will be Kossobutskiy's third of the year and will see him looking to defend his IBO Inter-Continental title and also claim the currently vacant WBA International title, moving him closer to a potential world title fight.
For fans wanting to watch this one it has now been confirmed that Kazakh TV channel Khabar TV will show the contest, live, from 23:55 local time, in Nurs-Sultan.
On paper this should be a straight forward win for the talented Kazakh fighter, but it's great to see him being active and there is, potentially, a chance he fits in one more bout before the year is over, after all his last bout was just over 2 months ago against Kamil Sokolowski.
For those unfamiliar with Kossobutskiy he was featured in this weeks "Introducing..." article - Introducing... Zhan Kossobutskiy which is worth a read for those who want to get to know something about the promise Heavyweight hopeful.
Back in September it was announced that WOWOW would be the live Japanese broadcaster for the Bantamweight showdown between WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Australian challenger Jason Moloney (21-1, 18).
This was no real surprise, with WOWOW typically picking up international fights featuring big name Japanese fighters, though it did leave it unclear as to when the bout would be shown live on terrestrial TV in Japan. It was assumed that Fuji TV would be airing the bout, but no one was 100% sure when, and how much of a delay they would have to have on their broadcast.
Today we saw Fuji TV finally announcing that they would be airing the bout on same day tape delay, with their broadcast being set for 8PM on November 1st, local time. With a 1 hour time slot set aside, though the potential is there to extend if necessary.
Essentially this gives the broadcast a Sunday night, prime time slot, for a tape delay broadcast.
This means that just that the delay broadcast won't just be the same day, but will be within 12 hours of the fight! With that in mind people should be able to avoid spoilers and watch the fight on free to air TV in Tokyo "as live".
This is genuinely brilliant news for fans in Japan without WOWOW, and they will not need to wait long to see the "Monster" in action across the country.
In many countries where PPV and subscription TV are king, the sport does sacrifice it's potential fan base in turn for more "money now", but in Japan it seems the key for certain stars is the long term, and the deal allowing Fuji TV to get a same-day prime time slot for Inoue is huge news for those without a costly premium TV set up.
In mid-October boxing fans around the world will get the chance to see the huge Lightweight clash between Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10) and Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12). The bout will crown a clear divisional #1 and see the winner walk away with the WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine titles as well as the WBC "Franchise" champion, whatever the hell that actually means.
Amazingly the bout has got genuine global attention and will have a legitimate global audience with TV channels across Asia picking up the bout.
Among those are Japanese fans, who will get the bout live on WOWOW Live. For Isakura users this is a channel featured in the monthly packages.
The bout will also be shown in Kazakhstan, on Khabar TV, with the Kazakh's also having a modified poster, which can be seen above.
Earlier today it was reported that Thai fans will also get the bout, with PPTV36 said to be showing the bout in Thailand.
Given that Bob Arum has previously said no UK TV channel will be carrying the bout, it does seem rather shameful that the bout will be available, on TV, around the globe.
Thankfully UK fans are expected to be catered for via FITE TV, but in a country where BT Sports, Sky Sports and Boxnation have all championed boxing, it does seem odd that not one of them have managed to secure the rights for this sensational bout.
Whilst most Japan TV channels have been quiet since boxing returned to the country following it's hiatus Fuji TV have been regularly broadcasting tape delay coverage of shows, under both the Diamond Glove banner and the Phoenix Battle banner.
Over the last day or so the channel has confirmed that they will be showing tomorrow's Phoenix Battle show from Korakuen Hall, broadcasting all 3 noteworthy bouts, as well as talking about the recent retirement of former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-7, 16) [八重樫 東] and the upcoming bout featuring WBA and IBF Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥].
The broadcast will be on Saturday night/Sunday morning, with the broadcast running from 26:45 Saturday night local time, though to 27:50.
For those who don't understand the Japanese TV times this means 2:45 on Sunday morning to 3:50 Sunday morning.
The bouts set to be aired here are the 6 rounder between Katsuki Mori (6-0, 1) [森且貴] and Yuki Uchida (7-7, 1) [内田 勇気]; the 8 rounder between Katsuya Yasuda (6-0, 4) [保田 克也] and Omrri Bolivar (8-3, 3) and the 8 round bout between Kazuki Nakajima (8-0-1, 7) [中嶋一輝] and Kenta Nomura (7-3, 3) [野村健太].
Whilst the show might not be huge a huge one, it is a great chance to see some of the more under-rated prospects in Japan and it's great to see Fuji giving Mori a platform to shine as he really does look like a future star in the making.
In recent weeks we've seen YouTube become the outlet of choice Japanese fights, with BOXING REAL and A-Sign Boxing being great for fight fans wanting to follow the Japanese scene. It appears that YouTube will continue to be a major outlet in coming months, with BOXING REAL streaming a Shinsei card in September, Suruga Boys streaming their September card, Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] streaming his bout with Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12), and TV Osaka streaming the Taisei Promoted "From the World to Mita 16" event on November 23rd.
Despite YouTube becoming a major outlet for Japanese fights we do still have TV channels in the country and today we saw announcements of two channels set to show come boxing in the coming months!
The first of the broadcasts will be a live broadcast on subscription service WOWOW, of the WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight title bout between Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Jason Moloney (21-1, 18). This is set to be aired on WOWOW Prime from 10:30AM in Japan on November 1st.
At the moment there hasn't been an announced tape delay airing, though it's assumed that Fuji TV will carry the bout in full on terrestrial TV, potential with same day delay during prime time. This has been the case with some international bouts of Fuji fighters and we suspect it'll continue here.
The second bit of TV news is that TBS will broadcast the bout between former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (16-1, 16) [比嘉 大吾] and the unbeaten Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-1, 4) [堤聖也]. The bout will take place on October 26th at Korakuen Hall, but will sadly not be aired until November 18th as part of the "Guts Fighting" series. We suspect that broadcast will also be used to hype up a potential December TBS show.
Whilst we're on the subject of televised boxing in Japan it's worth adding that Japanese pay TV channel G+ will be broadcasting two shows that take place in October.
On October 3rd they will be broadcasting a live card headlined by Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (16-1, 10) [松永 宏信], who will be defending his belt against Yuto Shimizu (14-4-2, 5) [清水優人], with this broadcast set to run from 17:45 to 22:00 local time.
On October 5th they will then broadcast the Teiken promoted card headlined by a bout between Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] and Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏]. This card, originally scheduled for September, will take place on October 2nd and will be on tape delay. This will be broadcast between 17:00 and 22:00 local time.
Both of those will then get re-shown through the month, with the Teiken show set to be re-shown on October 12th and the other card being rebroadcast on October 19th.
Fans of Japanese boxing haven't had it this good in years!
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