Over the coming weeks there is a lot of Japanese action, and now, thanks to Boxingraise, a lot of that action is set to be aired in one form or another. As a result I thought it was a great opportunity to let fans know what was coming up during the month of August, with the key bouts being listed, in order of their air date.
On August 1st www.boxingraise.com will be airing two separate shows from the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Japan. Both of these shows will be aired on tape delay, having taken place on July 31st, but both will have action worth tuning into.
On paper the most interesting bout will see teenage hopeful Hinata Maruta (2-0, 1) step up to title level for the first time as he takes on fellow unbeaten youngster Wilbert Berondo (10-0, 4) in a bout for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title. The bout could help establish Maruta as a truly brilliant prospect, or see him exposed as an over-hyped teenager. For Berondo this is a huge opportunity to claim a win that would put him on the regional map.
On the same card fans will also see Japanese based Korean hopeful Tae Il Kim, who now fights as Teiru Atsumi (10-1, 4), battle against Dennis Tubieron (19-7-2, 8). Tubieron has fought against the likes of Ryosuke Iwasa, Mitchell Smith and Josh Warrington, and although he has been stringing together losses he is a good step up for Atsumi who needs someone else Tubieron as a marker on his record.
The other show sees world ranked Light Middleweight Takayuki Hosokawa (28-10-4, 9) defending his OPBF title against fellow Japanese fighter Koshinmaru Saito (23-8-1, 13). Coming in to this one Hosokawa is ranked #3 by the IBF and could potentially see himself in a world title eliminator very soon. For Saito this is a huge opportunity to end a horrible run in title fights, having lost 5 title fights so far in his career.
On this card fans will see an under-card featuring former world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (12-4-2, 2), unbeaten hopeful Masahiro Sakamoto (7-0, 4) and Middleweight banger Koki Tyson (10-2-1, 10). Between those 3 men their should be desire, explosiveness and skills!
The brilliant boxingraise continues to deliver just days after their double with another delayed card on August 3rd. This time there's not title action, but there is some notable names and some fighters looking for big bouts in the near future.
The main event here sees Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (14-1, 7) facing off against Australian fighter Adam Lovelock (11-5, 2). Kyotaro is expected to win and it's hoped that he will be moved towards an OPBF title fight later in the year. Lovelock shouldn't be much of a test and it's clear that been picked as a easy opponent for a show that is being sold to the fans on a charity theme, rather than a competitive match up theme.
Also on this card is former world title challenger Motoki Sasaki (40-10-1, 25) and former OPBF and Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (17-1-1, 6) with Oguni hoping to get himself a world title fight in 2017.
The only boxingraise card set to be aired live comes on August 7th when the team travel to Osaka to cover a rare Dangan in Osaka show.
The main event of the card here sees Japanese Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (7-0, 4) battle against compatriot Toshimasa Ouchi (20-8-3, 6), with the men looking to unify the OPBF and JBC titles. The bout is another great step up for Ken Shiro who is one of the most promising young fighters in the sport today and is looking to take a huge step towards a potential world title fight later this year. For Ouchi the bout is a second shot at a title, but he will be the clear under-dog.
The under-card here is one full of promise with the really exciting match up between Hiroto Kyoguchi (2-0, 2) and Kenichi Miyazaki (10-2-1, 3). Miyazaki was beaten last time out, by 2-time Japanese title challenger Hiroya Yamamoto, but is a real step up for Kyoguchi. Also on the under-card will be Masataka Taniguchi (3-0, 3) and Naoharu Kida (6-0, 3), who face Thai foes in what should be show-case style wins.
Also taking place on August 7th, though being shown the following day on boxingraise, is a second show from Osaka which also features some really intriguing match ups.
The best of the match up sees the unbeaten Kazuki Tanaka (5-0, 4) face his stiffest test so far, as he takes on Hideo Sakamoto (16-2-3, 5) in a really big step up in class. Tanaka was last seen stopping former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit, though Kaovichit was a shell of the fighter he had once been. Sakamoto on the other hand is a hungry fighter looking to get his career back on track and this could potentially be something very special.
The key under-card attraction is female debutant Fuka Komura (0-0), who takes on Kaori Nagai (0-1), with a lot of press attention being given to Komura, however the under-card does have some interesting fights, such as a bout between Genki Maeda (3-1, 1) and Areji Kato (8-1, 3) and an international bout between Japan's Seizo Kono (16-8-1, 11) and Filipino visitor Jhon Gemino (13-7-1, 5).
The lack of actual TV action is an issue this month with only two cards actually confirmed for TV coverage. The first of those is on August 20th and is the WBO Minimumweight title fight between youngster Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5) and veteran Katsunari Takayama (30-8-0-1, 12). The bout could potentially see Kano become the youngster Japanese world champion ever or could see Takayama having another reign at the top and is a really well matched and incredibly interesting bout. Unfortunately however it's only being screened on TV Osaka, a sister channel of TV Tokyo and it may well be that the bout doesn't ever get widely seen. A shame given the potentially historic nature of the bout.
Of course boxingraise isn't the only paid service to emerge in recent weeks with a-sign boxing also now offering paid boxing. Their second show comes on August 21st and sees former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (23-5-3, 15) face off against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-4-1, 6) in a bout between two Japanese ranked fighters. The bout doesn't look great on paper but should prove to be a good match up with both men knowing they have a lot to gain from win.
Sadly other than the main event the rest if the card is pretty disappointing with a lack of notable names however a bout between Futoshi Usami (13-2-1, 10) and Tatsuya Miyazaki (8-8-1, 8) could prove to be an explosive encounter.
The biggest card of the month comes at the very end of August and features two world title bouts on TXN flagship channel TV Tokyo.
The card features a pair of world title bouts with a potentially explosive WBA Super Flyweight title bout between world champion Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13) and interim champion Luis Concepcion (34-4, 24). Kono has improved markedly from the fighter he once was but Concepcion is a fighter whio has heavy hands, an unorthodox style and is full of confidence as his careers to have began a whole new stage. This bout promises a lot and could be a FOTY contender given the styles of the men involved.
The other title bout is an all Japanese match up as WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) defends his title against former Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-1-3, 15) in a mandatory title defense. Taguchi's reign has been relatively weak so far, despite defending his title 3 times with stoppage wins in all 3 defenses, however he will have to step it up against Miyazaki who will see this as his chance to become a 2-weight world champion.
Although a date and time is yet to be confirmed it's thought that Shohei Omori's (16-1, 11) bout with world ranked Mexican Edgar Jimenez (22-11-2, 16) will be televised either by KTV or by GAORA. Sadly with details of this August 24th clash yet to be confirmed we can't say too much, but we do know that the bout could potentially launch Omori into a world title eliminator for the near future, and get him close to where he was this time last year, when he lost to Marlon Tapales in a WBO world title eliminator.
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