Just a few moments ago Watanabe gym released both the official poster and the ticket prices for their much anticipated New Year's Eve show.
The poster, for "Best of the Best", seems to feature only 3 colours, black, white and red, though manages to be striking all the same. Whilst it lacks a bit in terms of colour it delivers in terms of fighters with all 6 of the main fighters featured on it.
At the top of the poster we get the main event fighters Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17), the WBA Super Featherweight champion, and Israel Hector Enrique Perez (27-2-1, 16). This isn't the sort of bout many wanted to see Uchiyama in, considering he has been out of the ring all year, but for many it's just nice to see "KO Dynamite" back in action.
Lower down the poster we get the 4 other fighters from the show. These are WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (30-8, 13), alongside his coming challenger Norberto Jimenez (20-8-3, 10), and WBA Light Flyweight champion Alberto Rossel (32-8-0-1, 13) and his coming challenger Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8). Out of the three world title bouts we really do like the Toguchi Vs Rossel bout which will see Taguchi attempting to join his stable mates in holding a world title.
As well as the unveiling of the poster we also have the prices for the show. The most expensive tickets have been priced at ¥50,000, less than £271 for our British fans or $425 for our American readers. The next level of tickets ¥30,000.
The cheaper tickets are available at ¥20,000, ¥10,000 and ¥ 6,000. That means the cheapest tickets cost just less than £33 or $50, a very affordable price considering the talent on offer.
One, perhaps shocking, thing for some fans is that this poster doesn't feature Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) or Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19). That's not really a shock if you've been keeping up with that story as that bout is actually expected for the Ioka gym card in Osaka which is to be announced in the coming days, not this card. The rumour of it being in Tokyo on this show was a mistake by journalists who repeated the same mistake as each other whilst being unaware that Ioka were set to announce a show.
(Image courtesy of http://www.watanabegym.com)
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