The first, of many, major match ups this coming week is in Australia on Thursday as the hard hitting and always fun to watch Shuhei Tsuchiya takes on the equally entertaining Leonardo Zappavigna. The bout a genuine shoot out between the punchers, looks like one of those bouts that fans should just love.
Sadly despite the really attractive match up the fight doesn't seem to have had much of a poster created for it...in fact the one the kadoebi website, seen above, is frankly awful. Sure it has the two fighters and the venue but that's about all it has going for it.
One of the problems was that the bout was originally supposed to feature two regional titles. It later turned that only one of those titles would actually be on the line and instead of changing the poster it appears that the promoter has just decided to put a red cross through it. Another problem is that whilst this fight is great for us, it's actually only a side attraction on the show which features a domestic competition known as "Last man Standing", a play on the British "Prizefighter" competition.
It seems that this poster, the not very good one, may be the only one the show has.
(Poster courtesy of Kadoebi.com)
To kick off the insane month of April we see the Kawashima Boxing Gym put on "Untouchable Fight 21".
The show, in total, features 8 bouts with the main event being a bout between Toshio Arikawa and Daisuke Sakamoto. Whilst the show isn't a huge one it is one of those domestic shows that help the Japanese boxing scene to stay so active, so interesting and is such a key show to the domestic level.
In terms of the poster it's not great. It'd a bit boring looking in the background whilst the most notable thing in the foreground appears to be an advert for some kind of pills, regardless it does have the fights listed, albeit in Japanese, and that's always a bonus.
(Poster courtesy of boxmob.jp)
To end the month of March we get another Dangan show as the Rookies Cup continues. This time the poster is rather poor in all honesty though with more than enough fights on the show to keep any fan entertained it does seem like the show speaks for it's self.
We're expect the next few Rookie Cup posters to be poor before the field has been thinned out and the fighters have started to get a little bit of a name for themselves. For this particular show however it's difficult to pick out any fighters that are really worth making any sort of a note of.
Thankfully these shows aren't sold on the name or face of a fighter, instead they are about the whole competition and spotting the winners of the tournaments. With that in mind we've no real complaints about how "meh" the poster really is.
(Poster courtesy of boxmob.jp)
On Saturday night in Mexico Mexican fans will be looking forward to watching their destructive Adrian Estrella. Estrella's next "victim" is likely to be Balweg Bangoyan of the Philippines who will be hoping to act as the spoiler to the fast rising momentum of Estrella.
Bangoyan will know he's the under-dog but will know that a victory will set him up for at least 1 more big fight. It's a big ask, but it's a huge opportunity.
As for the poster, well graphically it's clear and sharp but it's not particularly great in all honesty. Not bad but not great
(Courtesy of Promociones Del Pueblo and Notifight)
This coming Sunday sees Osaka Teiken doing a 2-part show at the IMP Hall. Although the first part of the show doesn't seem to have a poster, the second part of the show does, this poster.
Sadly the poster does look a bit like a photo shot job and it certainly isn't an attractive poster despite one two recognisable fighters, including Hirofumi Mukai (extreme left). It may not be the most attractive but it certainly is a boxing poster and there is no mistaking that.
(Courtesy of Boxmob.jp)
This coming Saturday has some interesting international action including a bout in Mexico between Filipino Marvin Mabait and Mexican Alejandro Hernandez. The bout is one where we favour the Filipino though it's certainly not a given.
In regards to the poster it's not great but it does feature both men which does help hype the fight, though it's nothing fantastic. Hopefully the fight will turn out to be better than the poster.
(Courtesy of Philboxing)
Although many shows involving Asian's are in Asia this Friday features several fights that take place outside of Asia, including a very notable Peter Maniatis show in Australia.
This show, one of the "UltraTune" boxing shows, is headlined by WBA #2 ranked Light Flyweight Randy Petalcorin who will be fighting former world title challenger Lookrak Kiatmungmee. As well as the talented and highly regarded Petalcorin the card will also feature the unbeaten Harmonito Dela Torre, who has of course been featured in two of the recent Macau shows.
In regards to the poster it's not great and it does looks sort of second rate. Thankfully though Maniatis is a great promoter and has started to see his shows do really well, with Petalcorin on the verge of a world title fight we'd expect this show to also be a success.
(Courtesy of http://petermaniatis.com)
The biggest fight this week, at least in Asia, takes place on Wednesday as former world champions Kohei Kono and Denkaosan Kaovichit attempt to become world champions yet again in their meeting for the WBA Super Flyweight title.
The bout is one that we love the look of, both men are experienced world level campaigners, both can go to war and both are likely to put on a put a great fight together. It really is difficult to complain about the bout.
As for the poster it's an interesting one more than a great one. It shows a number of the fighters on the show and not just the main event fighters which is pretty nice to see. Although the mosaic effect of the poster may not be down to everyone's liking we like it's simple but striking and with the names being in English it lets everyone see who, other than the main fighters, will be in action. Overall a "safe" effort but still a good one.
This coming week is a hectic one in boxing circles with more fights of note than we've had pretty much all year. Once such fight is the fantastic looking OPBF Bantamweight title bout between Ryosuke Iwasa and Richard Pumicpic. The bout, one of the most eagerly anticipated OPBF bouts of 2014, is a genuinely interest bout and should tell us how tough both men are both physically and mentally.
Of course Iwasa goes in to this as the favourite though Pumicpic has a reputation for not reading the script and that is why we're so excited about the contest. It's probably a good thing that the bout is so good as the poster doesn't make us want to watch the fight all that much. That's not to say the poster is bad as such just that the fight deserves better given it's fantastic quality.
(Photo courtesy of Boxmob.jp)
To kick off a new week Kyoei promotions put on an excellent show with two title bouts, several promising prospects and arguably the biggest potential draw in female boxing.
The show, dubbed "368th Guts Fighting" is headlined by OPBF Featherweight champion Hisashi Amagasa who will be defending his belt against Filipino challenger Vinvin Rufino in what is likely to be a much, much better bout than the records of the men would suggest. Amagasa's bout is supported by a fantastic Japanese title fight between Hidenori Otake and Takafumi Nakajima in what could well be a better bout than the main event.
The two title bouts are the clear draws to the card but the show will also feature the hugely popular "model boxer" Tomomi Takano who will be looking to secure her 5th straight victory.
In regards to the poster it's an acceptable enough poster though nothing out standing. It has the champions taking up much of space whilst some of the undercard fighters are at the bottom but nothing really looks great with it and the small inset pictures look very much like a simple "photo shop" job as opposed to a professionally made fight poster.
(Image courtesy of Boxmob.jp)
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.