On Thursday at Korakuen Hall fight fans will get an interesting card under the Diamond Glove banner.
The main event of the card will see OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎] defending his national title in a mandatory defense against Izuki Tomioka (7-2-1, 2) [富岡樹] as part of the 2020 Champion Carnival. The main event isn't the only bout of note however, with former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (15-1, 15) [比嘉 大吾] battling Jason Buenaobra (7-4-3, 3) in the chief support bout.
Sadly for those not at Korakuen Hall the show won't be televised live, however the delay for the broadcast won't be massive, with Fuji TV confirming the bouts will be broadcast, on delay, on Saturday in Japan.
The broadcast is scheduled to take place at 26:15 to 27:20 local time, or from 2:15am Sunday morning to 3:20 if you rather.
The broadcast is likely to show edited versions of both fights, as we typically see with Diamond Glove broadcasts, which is sort of disappointing but better than nothing.
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On Saturday in Canada unbeaten Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (17-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев] will defend two minor titles as he takes on 27 year old Mexican fighter Ricardo Lara (22-7, 10), who is a late replacement after his original opponent was unable to secure a visa.
Today it's been confirmed that the bout will bee aired in Kazakhstan!
For fans in Kazakhstan the bout will be shown live from 8:30AM (Moscow time) on Khabar TV.
Whilst this isn't huge news as such it is, again, a sign that Khabar TV are backing Kazakh fighters, where ever they are fighting and it's proving to be a vital channel for Kazakh fans wanting to follow their rising hopefuls.
Earlier today NHK announced that their UHDTV channel BS8K would be showing the WBSS Bantamweight final between Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Filipino icon Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), live.
The bout, which is one most anticipated in Japanese boxing history, will not only see history being made in the ring, with the first ever Asian Muhammad Ali Trophy winner being crowned but will also make history on the screen, with the bout being the first ever to be screened on TV in 8K.
The 8K UHDTV standard isn't one that is widely available, in fact the only channel we could find using the standard was BS8K, a sister channel of NHK, the Japanese national broadcaster. It is however 4 times better than the growing 4K definition that has began taking off in recent years.
The channel will only be airing the main event, meaning that the WBSS final bout will be the first in 8K unlike what we've seen in the past where an obscure under-card bout ends up holding the record for first to do something, and will go live at 9PM local time.
It's worth noting that in March 2018 Sky TV aired the first 4K boxing event, with the Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker event. To get the first 8K broadcast of a fight less than 20 months later is incredibly impressive and a statement of intent from NHK who have announced that BS8K will also show the December 23rd bout featuring WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (15-2, 12) [村田 諒太] and Canadian challenger Steven Butler (28-1-1, 24).
Although NHK are teaming up with Fuji TV for both of these events it's obvious that the future, in Japan, will be more 8K events and we look forward to seeing how this develops going forward.
Although 8K TV's are certainly not a common thing, NHK have been pushing the standard and clearly see 8K as being significant in the future. To now put live boxing over the service is huge news and could well be used to help sell the TV's going forward, and of course selling the UHDTV service the NHK are backing, and backing hard.
For those without 8K TV the bout will, as previously reported, be aired on Japanese terrestrial channel Fuji TV.
Related - The WBSS Final - Inoue Vs Donaire
We are now just over a week away from the highly anticipated WBSS Bantamweight Japanese star Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Filipino icon Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), who will battle for the Muhammad Ali trophy, the WBA "super", IBF and Ring Magazine titles.
As well as the brilliant main event the show will also feature a WBC Bantamweight title bout between Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and current WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12).
Over the last few days Fuji TV have revealed the TV details for the card.
The event is set to begin it's broadcast at 19:57 local time, with around 2 hours put aside for show, which will feature both world title bouts.
Of course for fans around the world title times will need to be adjusted, so for British fans wanting to watch the show will begin around 11AM UK time. Of course DAZN in the US will also show the event, and will need to be relied upon to present their own schedule, which we suspect will match up very accurately with Fuji, who are the lead broadcaster for the event.
Whilst it's a shame for an international audience that it's on a "work day", we suspect the number of viewers Fuji will be getting will genuinely be huge, and with over 20,000 tickets sold for the bout the mid-week scheduling has done no harm at all to the expected attendance for the bout.
Earlier today Vesti.kz reported that this weekend's bout between unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8) [Ахмедов Садриддин] and experienced Mexican tough guy Johnny Navarrete (33-15-2, 15), which will be staged in Canada, would be televised in Kazakhstan.
The first rising and highly regarded Akhmedov will be getting shown on Khabar TV in Kazakhstan from 7am local time.
For the talented and unbeaten youngster the bout will be his first bout since he stopped Daniel Vega Cota, back on June 29th. Since then he has gotten married to a Kazakh pop star, and taken a bit of a break from the ring. Despite the break he has remained in great shape and is expected to shine this weekend, with another bout pencilled in for December.
As for Navarrete this will be his 51t professional bout, and despite having 15 losses to his record he has only been stopped 4 time in his long career.
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