This coming Saturday sees the ring return of former WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka, whop faces world ranked Filipino Rene Patilano. The poster, the show, is pretty much built on Tanaka with the youngster being the only man featured on the poster. It's a simple poster but an effective one that knows the star is having to carry the show essentially on himself.
There isn't much going on this weekend, but fans in Kagoshima do get a small show, "Kagoshima Sould Box Vol 4". The card isn't big, but the action should be entertaining. The poster is rather simple and straight forward, but serves as a solid advert for the card.
This coming weekend sees Korean fighter Hyun Mi Choi return to the ring in an attempt to unify the WBF and WBA Super Featherweight titles as she faces Unathi Myekeni. The poster for the show appears to be a very simple one with images of the two fighters, their names and the details of the bout, in Korean. It's a simple poster, but one that does appear to effective for the bout in question.
This coming week isn't a big one in Asian boxing but there are some interesting bouts, many of which take place on "Dynamite Punch 100", a Yokohama Hikari card on May 19th. The poster for the card isn't the most exciting, but does feature former world title challenger Ryo Akaho in the key image. It's simple but clear sells it's self on Akaho, with some of the undercard bouts also given some of the poster space.
Sadly sometimes we don't come across posters in a timely fashion, that means that we've only just come across the poster for "Clash of Champions", the show that is headlined by Hong's Kong's Rex Tso facing former world title challenger Young Gil Bae. The poster those two men, along with Ryota Murata, and the Hong Kong skyline. It's a simple and info heavy poster, but a pretty decent one.
One of many bouts featuring Asian fights this weekend will see Japan's Tamao Ozawa battle Mexican female icon Mariana "Barby" Juarez. The bout, for a WBC International title, doesn't look like a great one on paper though is likely to be fun to watch. The poster for the card is a simple one and features the two titles along with a WBC title. Simple but effective.
On May 12th Japanese fans get the chance to see the ring return of both Rikki Naito, the former Japanese Super Featherweight champion, and Koki Eto, the former OPBF and WBA interim Flyweight champion. Neither fighter is in a tough one but it's great to see both back, and both feature heavily on the poster for the show, which also features several images of under card fighters inset. The poster keeps the regular themes seen in Dangan posters but also adds the "Reboot" subtitle, due to both of the main attractions looking to "reboot" their careers after recent losses.
One of the many small shows taking place in Japan this weekend is the next in the Apollo KO Live series. The poster is a simple one with the images of 6 of the fighters from the card and a list of the bouts, along with other details. It's fair to say however that this card hasn't got the most exciting of posters or the big recognisable faces on it that some of the other posters for this weekend have.
This coming Sunday sees a lot of action in Japan, with one of the more notable shows coming from Hyogo where fans will see Japanese youngster Riku Kano battle against Merlito Sabillo in a bout for the OPBF Minimumweight title. That bout is the main event, with Kano heading towards a world title fight later in the year, if he wins. The card keeps the look of the previous cards in the series and features images of the under-card fighters, who are all looking to advance their own career.
This coming Sunday sees the attention of boxing fans turn to Tokyo where Ohashi put on a genuinely brilliant show, with almost all their notable fighters. The card is headlined by WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue and IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi, whilst supporting bouts will feature OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuma Inoue and the highly regarded Ryo Matsumoto, all 4 of whom, are featured on the poster with some of their silverware. The poster is a solid one over all making the key fighters very clear, having plenty of details and being rather sharp. Sadly though it does seem like the poster has had relatively little usage with many Japanese sites not actually featuring the poster in the build up to the card.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.