On May 18th we get an excellent match up for the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, as Ryoichi Tamura and Yusaku Kuga battle for the second time, this time with Tamura entering as the champion unlike their first bout. The poster for the bout looks really ominous and gives us the feeling we're going to see a battle that will leave both men damaged. This is a bout we're looking forward to, and this is a great poster.
On May 6th we get the next in the Warriors Invitational cards from Korea. At the moment the details are limited, but the bit talking point for us is an excellent match up between Ye Joon Kim and Ryo Kosaka, who will fight for the WBA Asia Super Bantamweight title. The poster is nothing special, and we've yet to see any major Korean site give a bout listing, but it does look sharp and the card is likely to be pretty interesting, as most in the Warriors Invitational have been.
Announced earlier today, for a late May date, we'll see WBA "regular" Featherweight champion Can Xu, or Xu Can if you prefer, defending his title against Japanese challenger Shun Kubo. The poster for their bout is a simple one, but one that feels stretch horizontally, which is a shame as with better dimensions this poster could have been pretty effective.
In May we have some brilliant Japanese shows, one of the best domestic ones comes on May 10th, in a card headlined by an OPBF Bantamweight title bout, between Keita Kurihara and Warlito Parrenas, backed by a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout, between Nobuyuki Shindo and Hironobu Matsunaga, as well as supporting bouts like Matcha Nakagawa Vs Kai Chiba and Masaki Saito Vs Ryuto Araya. The poster tries to fit everything on but given just how stacked the card is that was always going to be a struggle. Still a solid poster for an amazing show!
The May 4th Top Rank show in Stockton has two poster style images of concern to us. One is a poster just for the IBF Super Flyweight title fight, pitting Jerwin Ancajas against Ryuichi Funai, whilst the other is a show poster, highlighting the three 3 main bouts of the card. We'll be honest we do like the fight, a lot more than many fans, but neither poster really does a good job at selling the bout, or the show. A rather tame affair from Top Rank here.
On May 4th we get an excellent Dynamic Glove card, headlined by a Japanese Super Featherweight bout, between Masaru Sueyoshi and Ken Osato and featuring the likes of Shuya Masaki, Yamato Hata and Shokichi Iwata, who makes his Japanese debut and takes on Daiki Kameyama. The poster sells hard on the main event, it's not the greatest poster, but it does a job in selling the title fight.
On April 20th the folks at KBM put on their third Korea Vs Japan bout. On paper this is the weakest of the shows. The poster looks good, and makes the Japan Vs Korea theme very clear, but does lack star power, which is a bit of a shame for such a smartly themed poster.
On April 12th Golden Glove Asia Promotions are putting on a card in Singapore. The poster for the bout is essentially a bout list, and one notable fighter featured is Mark Magsayo who returns to the ring for the first time since November 2017. Sadly the poster lacks key information, like the when and where. A really weird and disappointing one.
Tomorrow fight fans at the RAM 100 gym will get an obscure, and scarcely promoted, card dubbed "War for Greatness", featuring Yuya Nakamura in one of the main bouts. The poster is certainly an interesting one, and whilst we won't get into it in too much detail it's a shame the show wasn't given more publicity before Nakamura released the image of the poster today.
On April 20th we'll get the next WP Boxing card, thanks to Thai channel Workpoint. The upcoming card isn't one of the biggest ones but does feature a number of notable fighters, including a really bizarre co-feature bout between former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu and former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali. This really is an odd one. The poster is just the same old WP Boxing style image, but if it works why meddle with it?
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.