In May we'll see WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito make his second defense of the title, as he travels to the US to take on former Olympian Jamel Herring. The poster for the card shows the two men, as well as some undercard details and general show information. It's not an exciting or artistic power, bit it does do the job of advertising the bout. It does it's job but certainly doesn't do anything extra.
On May 3rd fight fans in Osaka will get the next Hiroki Ioka promoted card, headlined by his protege Rikuto Adachi taking on Kudura Kaneko. The poster is an interesting one, with the two men and some religious imagery. It's not an amazing poster, but it's certainly one with a lot going on in the background, with what looks to be Jesus on a cross and two tigers, national flags. It's interesting with out being amazing.
Earlier today we saw the announcement of the rematch between Rob Brant and Ryota Murata. Just hours later Top Rank released their poster for the show. The poster is a simple one, but an effective one, showing both men, the location and date for the bout. Its simple but it works.
On April 27th Indian fight fans get the chance to see regional title action in New Delhi, at the Talkatora indoor stadium. The poster for the card is simple, with the main event fighters, Briizz Brijesh and Med Sebyala, and the WBA Asia title. It's a simple poster but an effective one, with the fighters and the prize both on show.
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.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.