On June 5th we'll see the return to the ring for former Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda who fights in Mexico against Mario Andrade. The bout might not be a huge bout but it's a big one for the men involved, with both knowing that a loss will be a major hit to them working their way towards a major fight later in the year.
The poster for the show is an interesting one. Half of it is dedicated to the fighters whilst the other half appears to be very sponsor heavy. We'd rather our boxing posters were boxing posters but do understand the need to show sponsor related content.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
The Chinese boxing scene might not be as large as that of their neighbours in Japan, Philippines and Thailand but it is certainly a growing scene. One recent card saw Chinese Heavyweight hopeful Zhang Junlong take on former Cruiserweight title challenger Shawn Cox.
The poster for the bout saw a number of the fighters involved being placed above the Beijing skyline. It's not the most original or amazing of posters but there is something exciting about the poster and we do rather like it, even if it's not one of the best that we've seen this year
On June 2nd Thai fans will see WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin defend his belt against Filipino challenger Jerry Tomogdan. The bout certainly isn't the most exciting this year but it is what it is.
The poster of the bout is interesting with details of the two fighters along with an image of both. We like the smokey background and we like the old style stats in the middle. What we don't like, mainly due to how used we are to calling the Thai "Wanheng Menayothin" is the fact the poster went with his gym name of Wanheng "Kaiyanghadaogym", which is a real nightmare to spell... Overall however this is a solid poster and one we like a lot more than we thought we would.
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
To end the month of May Japanese fans in Shizuoka get a small but interesting card courtesy of Suruga Danji. The card is most notable for the return to the ring of Ryuji Hara but overall it's a relatively low key one.
Whilst the card isn't one of the best we do have to admit we rather like the poster which is rather unique and different. The main images, are of the 3 biggest attractions on th card whilst other images give off the idea that the card is going to be an exciting boxing show. We won't pretend it's one of the best poster we've ever seen but it's one of our favourites from 2015 and we'd like to see more promoters trying to do something a bit different. Huge credit to the folks behind this.
(Image courtesy of Ryui Hara's blog)
For us the biggest and most significant bout of the coming weekend comes from Japan where Kosei Tanaka will battle Julian Yedras for the WBO Minimumweight title. A win for the Japanese youngster would see him setting a Japanese national record for the fewest fights to a world title whilst Yedras is looking to score the biggest and most significant win of his career.
The poster tells you every thing you need to know about the show. This is supposed to be Kosei's day, the record is there for him and all he needs to do is perform to his best and he'll become a world champion. It's not the fairest of posters, with Yedras seemingly included as an after thought, but it's a clear poster and it's very effective with all the details of the show available.
(Image courtesy of http://ameblo.jp/kosei1110)
One of two title bouts this weekend involving an Asian fighter comes from Mexico where Filipino fighter Milan Melindo challenges IBF Light Flyweight champion Javier Mendoza. The fight looks like one of the best of the weekend and although it's not a really high profile bout it does promise real excitement.
The poster for the bout is a simple one with the two, their flags and names taking up most of the space and although it's simple it is something that works well and has worked well time and time again. We'll not pretend it's the greatest poster ever but it's certainly not a bad one.
(Image courtesy of notifight.com)
It's fair to say that 2014 was one of the most interesting years in the career of Japanese tough guy Hidenori Otake. Firstly he defended the Japanese Super Bantamweight title before later suffering a rib injury and vacating the belt and then getting an unexpected world title shot against Scott Quigg. Although outclassed against Quigg in the world title bout Otake did impress with his toughness and energy.
Now, some 6 months later, Otake returns to the ring for the first time as he headlines Golden Child Boxing Vol 114. Like the other Golden Child posters this is a simple design with the main fighters shown on the poster in front of a basic background. There's nothing complex or smart here but it's simple and effective and will does what it needs to sell the show, including listing the bouts that will take place as well as the ticket priced and details regarding the venue.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
This coming Tuesday Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall get a treat as Dangan 129 takes place. The card is the final of one of the B class tournament finals and whilst the action lacks a really big name it does feature 7 excellent match ups and should prove to be compelling day of action.
The poster features the 14 fighters who are set to be in the 7 B class final bouts and and the poster looks like a solid one. It's not trying to sell the show on any particular fighter but instead the concept of the card which is something we rather like.
(Image courtesy of http://danganboxing.com)
We've had a bit of a break in Japanese boxing recently however the action is back this coming Sunday with an Orio promoted show of mismatches. On paper the card does have some really talented and exciting fighters on it, such as Yuki Beppu and Takumi Sakae however the Japanese prospects have both been matched very easily.
The poster is a bit basic and although plenty of information is on the poster, such as the time, venue and details about the main 3 fighters, there is little that makes the show really stand out. In fact if anything the poster is a bit deceiving with Sakae pictured with his belt, a belt that isn't being defended here and isn't actually recognised by the JBC.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
This coming Saturday isn't a huge day for boxing but there is a world title fight, that may well have slipped under the radar of many fans. That bout will see WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi defending her belt against Japanese veteran Chika Mizutani.
The poster for the bout is very simple with the details and an image of the fighters being placed over a black background. It's simple yet managed to be relatively eye catching. Unfortunately it's unlikely to get attraction the attention of too many fans, though the bout should prove to be an interesting one all the same.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.