On February 8th Mongolian fighter Tugstsogt Nyambayar gets his long awaited world title fight, as he takes on WBC Featherweight champion Gary Allen Russell Jr. Sadly the Showtime poster, or poster type of thing at least, is terrible. It's dull, bland and basic. It keeps in with how PBC Showtime bouts are solid, but it's just uninspired.
We've not had a lot of great posters so far this year but the one for the February 27th Dangan card, Dangan 234, is genuinely brilliant. It sells the show not on the fact it's part of a tournament, held to celebrate 30 years of Hajime No Ippo, but also the OPBF Welterweight title bout on the same show, and the under-card bouts, which feature Shuhei Tsuchiya and Tsuba Koura. A really good poster that fits a lot in and catches the eye. Excellent work.
On February 7th in Ilocos Sur we see a trio of LUZPROBA title fighters on a card that looks low key, but interesting, from Elorde Ilocos Sur Promotions. The poster makes it looks like some kind of festival using a bright background behind images of the fighters. It's certainly not flawless, the images of the fighters are particularly disappointing, but it does catch the eye and looks different enough to like. It's not amazing but certainly a solid effort.
On February 22nd unbeaten action fighter Carl Jammes Martin will take on his toughest test to date, as he battles Renoel Pael for the PBF Bantamweight title. The poster does a good job at selling the bout as something big but doesn't really see the show as a whole, just adding that there would be 11 exciting bouts as well as the main event. They'd have been better off listing the names involved in those bouts to try and add to the hype. This actually works better as a banner than a poster for us and it just looks horribly under-finished as a promotional poster.
On Sunday in India there will be a card live streamed on youtube from Team Roshan. The poster is a very weak one, with too much in the center and poor use of the actual space on it. It makes it seem like it would be a better banner than poster, though it does have plenty of details, including where the show is and where to stream it. A workable effort, but could have been much, much better,
On February 1st in the Philippines Elorde International Production will put on their next show, and it's one littered with interesting fighters. The main event will see Roldan Aldea defending the PBF Lightweight title against veteran Monico Laurente whilst the co-feature is a brilliant match up between Carlo Penalosa and Alphoe Dagayloan for the vacant PBF Flyweight title. The bout tries to sell both of those bouts but due to the large text in the middle it looks a bit of a mess, sadly. Given the match ups we would have hoped for a much more polished effort here.
On March 6th Filipino fighter Jason Tinampay will be in action as he takes on Jackson England at Thunderdome 33. The event isn't a big one, though it's poster is certainly an interesting one. Not only does it take part of it's name from a venue used in the Mad Max series but it also uses the old "Nitro" part of the WCW Nitro logo. The bout is expected to be an easy win for Jackson but that doesn't take away from just how blatant the theft of the "Nitro" logo is.
On March 7th Ace Boxing Group will put on "Heavy Hitters". The card for the show is relatively unclear at the moment, but the poster features several things to note for us. One thing to note is that the win-less Uten Chanavon is listed for the card, where he will face Jacob Duffy, and another is that former Japanese champion Valentine Hosokawa is featured on the poster, ahead of his bout with Jacob Ng. A simple poster, but one that certainly tries to sell the fighters on it.
At the end of January former multi-time world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo goes over to Tanzania to face a local fighter for UBO title. The promotional image for the bout features the two men above what is a glorified bout listing. Nothing special but still nice to see the promoters have got something out there to help promoter the bout.
On March 1st we'll see a new OPBF Light Flyweight being crowned as veteran Kenichi Horikawa takes on Daiki Tomita for the vacant title. The two men are featured heavily on the poster, with the show selling hard on the main event. The poster is basic, straightforward, and yet works really well. Nothing special but it knows what it's selling fans and those behind it know what works.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.