It seems that "X Marks the spot" on March 26th as Japanese fans get Dangan 124 and a pair of title fights.
The fights, which we've known about for a while, will see Akio Shibata (24-8-1, 10) defending his Japanese Middleweight title against Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-4-1, 8) and Japanaese Minimumweight champion Go Odaira (11-4-3, 1) defending his belt against Yutaka Sowano (9-5-1, 6).
What we hadn't seen before today was the poster which we assume was only released today and we have to admit we like it, a lot.
Or first impression is that it's a strong and clear poster which shows the champions in the centre alongside their challengers whilst the undercard fighters are featured at the bottom of the poster. It gives 10 fighters a chance to have their image shown though doesn't look overly busy, something that many similar posters seem to fall foul of.
For the fighters themselves these are key bouts. For the challengers it's a chance to capitalise on a major opportunity and take themselves from complete obscurity to national champions. For the champions things are very different.
For Odaira this is his return to the ring following a stoppage loss to Katsunari Takayama on New Years Eve in a world title bout. Odaira started well but was worn down and mercifully saved by the referee as Takayama really unloaded on him. As for Shibata this is his return to the ring a triumphant bout last December in which he stopped former world title challenger Makoto Fuchigami in 12 rounds.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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