Earlier this week Japanese fans in Kansai and Kanto had the chance to watch the much anticipated, and much debated, WBC Bantamweight title fight between Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17) and Anselmo Moreno (35-4-1, 12). The all south-paw bout was a sell out at the Ota-City Gymnasium and was one of the fights that really public's attention this year.
Whilst internationally many fans found ways to stream the fight, via illegal methods for the most part, Japanese domestic fans got it on free TV courtesy of NTV.
Today the TV figures were released and it was reported that 12.5% of the heavy populated Kansai region tuned into the fight, though it did peak at 15.5%, whilst 11.9% of Kansai tuned in.
Essentially that resulted in more than 8,000,000 Japanese fans tuning in to see the fight, an incredible number that dwarfs what the PBC shows have had so far, despite the fact the American population is significantly bigger than the Japanese population.
Whilst many disagreed with the result it's undeniable that Yamanaka is a hugely popular fighter and a man who has captured the imagination of Japanese fans and it's likely that if he does make a US debut in 2016 then he will bring pockets of fans over with him. He may not have the drawing power of a peak Ricky Hatton but he is clearly a big draw.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
9/24/2015 03:52:24 pm
Would like to see Yamanaka have one showcase fight in the U.S. then unify with Randy Caballero (assuming Caballero wins in November). And I don't think Caballero's team would mind going back to Japan for a fight like that considering the audience.
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