Earlier today it was confirmed that the December 19th "Real Spirits Vol 70" show from the EDION Arena Osaka, would be live streamed from the venue for free over YouTube, as the Boxing Real channel continues to build on their early success.
The show, which will begin on Saturday at 12:30 local today, isn't the biggest card, with just 5 bouts on it, but it one with several bouts of real intrigue.
One of those is the third bout on the card, the twice re-arranged showdown between touted prospect Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑] and former world title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平]. This bout was supposed to take place in August and then in November, but issues affecting Nishida caused the first cancellation and issues with Omori forced the second. Despite the issues it now seems we're all able to watch the bout for free!
The other is a potential tear up between 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-4, 11) [久高 寛之] and former Rookie of the Year winner Tetsuro Ohashi (7-1-1, 2) [大橋 哲朗]. Given the styles and mentalities of the two men in the ring this one will be something to remember, and could end up being the sleeper classic for the weekend.
For fans wanting to tune in here, the live feed will be available on the Boxing Real YouTube channel.
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!
Earlier today WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] held a press conference to announce the details regarding his next world title defense, and there some interesting details outside of the who, the when and the where.
The unbeaten Japanese fighter will be back in action on November 3rd, where he will face off with unbeaten Thai challenger Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12), who has been dubbed "Srisaket II" by the Thai press. The bout will be held at the Intex Osaka, in Osaka. The venue will have fans, but they will be limited to 2,000 seats, from a venue capable of holding 4,000.
Just as notable as the who, what and where, is the how, with fans being able to stream this live through Kyoguchi's very successful YouTube channel, something he is actively promoting and building. In fact the channel has been a major success since he started it and has shown that he himself is wanting to increase his profile and be success in and outside of the ring.
For Kyoguchi this will be the third defense of the title that he won back in late 2018, when he stopped Hekkie Budler. In 2019 we saw him defending the belt against Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart and Tetsuya Hisada, winning both bouts by decision. He had planned to defend the belt in May, in Sasaki City against Adika "D'Golden Boy" Sabu, but the bout was ultimately cancelled due to the on going global situation.
Whilst Kyoguchi is a relatively well known fighter internationally, at least as far as Light Flyweights go, it's fair to say less has been said about the Thai.
He's been tipped by the Thai press as one to watch since he was since he was a youngster, and has fought in Japan before thanks to a link up between his Thai promoters and one of the Japanese gyms, Green Tsuda. Together they have brought him along well, for a prospect, but it was expected that 2020 was going to be about regional title fights, building his experience and developing his skill set for a shot in a year or two. Although not particularly experienced he is heavy handed, aggressive and holds a very solid win against Christian Bacolod. Sadly that is pretty the only win of real note on his record.
At today's press conference Thanongsak appeared via webcam and it was revealed that he would have to quarantine in Japan, but efforts are being made to solve the issue of international travel to Japan for bouts like this. The JBC and the Sports Agency are all in dialogue as to putting on the show and what adjustments will need to be sorted.
One of the things that does need to be noted is that all of the officials for the bout will need to be from Japan, due to the on going situation.
Although this is a great announcement, and an exciting story, there does seem to be a lot of things that still need to be done between now and November to get this bout sorted. It seems Watanabe Gym are aware of that and have got some form of a contingency in place for the event, if something prevents the bout from taking place as planned.
One final thing to note is that this is now set to be the first world title bout in Japan since the sport resumed in the country back in July.
Earlier today the Shinsei Gym revealed announce two notable stories regarding their July 25th double header from the the Kobe Central Gym.
The show is a pretty notable one, one of the most notable ones since boxing restarted in Japan. The main event will be an OPBF Light Flyweight title bout between Kenichi Horikawa (40-16-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] and Daiki Tomita (14-1, 5) [冨田 大樹] with a second title bout being a Japanese Atomweight title bout between Kaori Nagai (4-2-3, 2) [長井香織] and Momoko Kanda (10-12-2, 4) [神田桃子].
For Horikawa the bout serves as a chance to claim another title, to add to a career collection that includes two Japanese titles and a WBO Asia Pacific title whilst Tomita gets a chance to add to the WBO Asia Pacific title he won last year, when he beat Hayato Yamaguchi.
Originally the event had planned to have fans in attendance, albeit in limited numbers, but today a decision was made to not allow fans in the venue. That decision was announced just days before the event was set to take place
The reason for the change is likely linked to the increased issues caused by the "on going global situation", specifically in Osakan boxing gyms. Whilst the venue may have been in Kobe, Hyogo, several fighters involved on it are from Osaka, including Tomita and Kanda and them potentially bringing fans from Osaka could, potentially, cause issues down the line.
As a result of not allowing fans in Shinsei have announced that they will be live streaming some of the event on a newly set up Youtube channel.
The statement only actually confirms that they will be streaming the "Semi-Main", which is the female title bout, though they do state the other bouts will be added to the channel at a later date. It is assumed however that the main event is also set to be streamed, though wasn't confirmed in today's statement.
The channel streaming the event can be found here.
The channel has also released a short trailer for the event, which can be seen below, as well as the statements in Japanese, and the English translation.
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