Korean fans get arguably their card of the year on October 21st as Boxing M put on a brilliant Korea Vs Japan show. The poster is sadly not as good or as exciting as the show, actually looks a bit too dull and basic, a real shame given the quality of the match ups on the show.
On November 16th we get the next Fighting Beat Boxing show from Osaka, headlined by a Japanese Light Flyweight title fight between defending champion Tetsuya Hisada and young challenger Akihiro Toya. The poster is a very simple one, with the two men along with the fighters from the under-card .The lack of colour and general simplicity work against the poster here, and it really doesn't catch the eye as much as it should.
ALA Promotions are set to have a busy end of year run in with two notable cards. One of those is Idol 4 which is set to feature a truly mouth watering match up between former world title challengers Melvin Jerusalem and Toto Landero. The card not only features a great man event but also some good domestic supporting bouts. Sadly the poster seems to do less to advertise the fights and more to advertise the sponsors, which is a real shame given how good the card is. Also the colourless images of the fighters, on a dark background, really doesn't work.
On November 12th we'll see Tomoki Kameda take on Abigail "Bebe" Medina in a bout for the WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title. The poster for the bout is a very simple one, with an image of both fighters in front of a background image of Kameda. It's a pretty dull poster for such a major bout in Kameda's career.
Misako Gym hold their next show on November 9th and although it's a relatively small one it does feature some pretty pretty notable names, and has a mouth watering match up between former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koichi Aso and the often exciting Noriaki Sato. The poster almost looks like a cover for a themed calendar or something. That's not to say we dislike it, but we're certainly not blown away by it.
Japanese superstar Ryota Murata returns to the ring on October 20th (21st in Japan) when he faces WBA mandatory challenger Rob Brandt in what will be the first card to be headlined by a Japanese fighter and shown on DAZN JP. The subscription have gone with this rather old school poster featuring the two men on a very basic poster. There's nothing much to get excited about but we dare say it's no worse than the Top Rank promotional image used for ESPN in the US. It's basic, but it works, we guess.
On October 27th we'll see Filipino teenage sensation Carl Jammes Martin return to the ring to take on Korean foe Moon Chul Sun in what looks like a fantastic step up for the Korean youngster. We'll admit the fight is great one at this level but the poster leaves us feeling a little amiss. We like but we're not totally sure why.
The Filipino scene is notorious for poor posters but the bar really got raised here with a poster than clashes, looks clumsy, and generally just doesn't work. Sure it looks like a boxing poster, but one put together by people no sense of what looks good or bad. A real awful poster.
On October 13th fight fans in the Philippines will get the chance to see an low key show at the Sabang Gym. The poster is really weak with only 1 fighter on the poster and a real lack of details, such as where the Sabang gym is or the tile of the card. Visually this is poor, and in terms of details it's even worse. A really terrible effort.
This coming Saturday in Tijuana fight fans will be able to see the return of controversial Mexican Luis Nery, a man who essentially persona non-gratis in Japan having been given an indefinite suspension by the JBC. His opponent will be the exciting Jason Canoy of the Philippines. The poster does split quite nicely, so that both men are on it, but clearly has more focus on Nery who is popular in Mexico despite the issues he's had in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.