Today we learned that for the second straight month the Dynamic Glove card on G+ will be aired on Tape Delay, being shown on the first Wednesday after the show.
The series, which is often aired live, is one of the staples of the Japanese scene and is a monthly broadcast that typically takes place on the first Saturday of a month. It's often been regarded as the gate way for champions, with fighters like Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介], Takashi Miura and Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] getting some of their biggest breaks on the show.
Whilst the June broadcast being given the tape delay treatment isn't a surprise, given the main event between Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] and Wolf Nakano (6-7-4, 2) [中野玄悠] was scrapped due to Nakano suffering an injury, it is a worry that back to back shows have been given a delay broadcast.
It's an even bigger worry when you consider G+ seem to have really cut down on their archive shows, something that have been a constant in recent years.
We're hoping this is just a blip in their schedule, which was once a hot bed of boxing, but it is a worry at the moment.
For those wanting to watch the first airing of the upcoming Dynamic Glove it will be aired from 22:30 on June 5th. Nakatani will still feature in the main event, though will not be defending the Japanese Flyweight title as originally planned. Instead of facing Nakano he will be up against a Filipino, who we believe will be Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-6-1, 4).
Next month was supposed to kick off with a Japanese Flyweight title bout between unbeaten champion Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] and Wolf Nakano (6-7-4, 2) [中野玄悠], on June 1st "Dynamic Glove" card. The bout what was set to be Nakatani's first defense of the title he won earlier this year and a chance to for him to continue his development in what was viewed as a show case defense.
Sadly however reports are now circulating that that bout is off after Nakano suffered an eye injury.
At the moment the full details of what will happen are unclear, though Nakatani has revealed that he is still planning to fight on the date.
In the next few days or so we're expecting full details on what will happen, though the options are likely to be that either Nakatani takes on a late foreign opponent, in what will almost certainly be a case of just keeping him active and make the best of the situation; or for Nakatani to defend his title, if a suitable opponent is willing to take the bout on such short notice. A third option, though possibly the least likely, is that Nakatani takes part in an exhibition, this seems the most unlikely given the bout will be the main event of a card set to be featured on G+.
If we're being totally honest Nakano seemed an underwhelming opponent for Nakatani, despite being ranked #3 by the JBC, though unfortunately we're not expecting a better opponent on such short notice. Fingers crossed those involved do manage to get someone who at least looks interesting for the fast rising Japanese youngster
Yesterday we saw the announcement of two Japanese title bouts which are now both set to take place in the summer, in fact they are set to take place within in the space of 2 weeks of each other, in June.
The first of those will take place on June 1st and will see Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] make his first defense of the title he won earlier this year. The talented Nakatani will be up against #3 ranked JBC contender Wolf Nakano (6-7-4, 2) [中野玄悠]. On paper this is a mismatch, and should serve as little more than getting the first defense on the board for Nakatani, who is likely to move on to bigger and better things in the near future.
The Nakatani Vs Nakano bout will be on a Dynamic Glove card and we've been informed that the chief support bout will be a rematch between Charles Bellamy (28-3-2, 18) and Yuto Shimizu (12-4-2, 5) [清水優人], who had a great bout earlier this year.
The other title bout will take place on June 13th and will see Japanese Minimumweight champion Norihito Tanaka (18-7, 10) [田中教仁] make his first defense, as he takes on Naoya Haruguchi (15-10, 6) [春口直也], in what looks like a pretty competitive bout on paper. Tanaka won the title in January, stopping Shin Ono and looked better than ever, but Haruguchi is better than his record suggests and should put up a decent effort.
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