We may have only just begun 2016 but we suspect we'll be hard pushed to find a poster we like as much as this one from Thailand, for the upcoming rematch between Stamp Kiatniwat and Gregorio Lebron. There is the combination of the seriousness of the two fighters and the wonderful artistic middle. One of the best we've seen recently and one that the team behind deserve a lot of credit for.
On February 5th Indonesian fans get a treat as RCTI air a broadcast featuring a potentially thrilling fight between Daud Yordan and Yoshitaka Kato. In the past we have included the Japanese poster for this bout but it must be said that this poster, the Indonesian one, is much better and is crisp and features key details.
One of the first highlights of February is in Indonesia where Daud Yordan will be facing Yoshitaka Kato. One of the poster images we've been sent for the show features both fighters in front of their national flags. The poster isn't particularly exciting or anything but it's solid and clear and is clearly selling the very attractive main event.
This coming Saturday sees a number of shows in Asia, the most notable of which is in Shanghai as Zou Shiming [邹市明] makes a return to the ring, his first since being beaten by Amnat Ruenroeng last year. Shiming is one of two fighters on the poster along with fellow Chinese fighter IK Yang [杨连慧], who was sadly forced off the card following an injury in training. Sadly when you consider Yang's injury this poster is a rather poor one with only Shiming and the details for the card actually, really, being relevant.
For a second day running this coming week, fans at the Korakuen Hall get the chance to see some 4 round action courtesy of a minor tournament from "reason", the people behind the "Dangan" cards. The show won't be the highest quality but it does have a cheap and cheerful attraction to it and the poster seems to fit with that idea rather well with a generic feel to the main image and a bout list below. It's simple but it works.
A new year is up on us and finally we're starting to see boxing actually begin. On January 27th "reason" put on one of their first Dangan shows of the near year and it sees a low level card with the show being packed with 4 rounders between novices. The poster is typical of this type of show and whilst nothing particularly exciting it does it's job by advertising all the bouts rather than trying to see on one particular fight or fighter.
This coming Monday Japanese fans get a treat at the Korakuen Hall with several fighters of note in action, including former Japanese title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi, the very promising Yuki Beppu and youngster Yuki Konami. The show is being solid heavily on those three men with Beppu and Takahashi both being the key figures on the poster which is a solid effort for the level of the show on offer, a Japanese fringe domestic level card.
On January 22nd Thai fans will get the chance to see a very interesting looking match up between local fan favourite Mike Tawatchai and Japanese visitor Shingo Kawamura. On paper the bout has the ingredients of a real war and could well be the most exciting bout of January. The poster for the bout features the two main fighters along with two other fighters, one of whom is former Olympic champion Manus Boonjumnong.
The poster is simple but relatively successful in advertising the show, the TV carrying it, which will be "Thairath" and the date of the bout.
The second Japanese show of 2016 comes on January 20th and is the first Dangan card of the year. The poster for the card features the two main event event fighters, Yasuhiro Okawa and Nobuyuki Shindo who face off for the Japanese title, along with those two fighters on the poster are former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro and former world title challenger Makoto Fuchigami. It's a solid poster but nothing exceptional.
The first Japanese show of the new year sees title action kick off as Japanese 140lb champion Hiroki Okada faces Masanobu Nakazawa in a really good match up. The bout is the main event of the card and looks to kick off the year in real style.
The poster for the bout is simply with the details of the show along with the main event fighters and other details. It's a simple design but a good one and one that works for the show.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.