One June 19th Japanese fight fans get a triple header, headlined by a WBO Super Flyweight title fight, between Kazuto Ioka and Aston Palicte and also featuring a brilliant match up between Hiroto Kyoguchi and Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart. The poster for the card is a pretty simple one, with the fighters and match ups, yet it does have a premium look to it and has the star power to pull off the simple but effective design.
On June 28th we get the next show in the Flash Akabane series of "Over Heat Boxers Night". The poster keeps the style we usually see with the Flash shows, but without a really recognisable fighter on the show the poster suffers with a lack of star power. It's well put together, for the most part, but was always going to struggle to get real interest in what is a low level domestic card.
On June 16th fight fans in Wakayama will get the chance to see the 2018 Super Featherweight Rookie of the Year Yuri Takemoto headlining a small card at the Big Wave. The show isn't a big one, and the poster for it isn't amazing, but it is good to see the promotional teams pushing Takemoto as a star, even at this early stage of his career.
On May 24th we see one of the biggest shows in Egyptian boxing history, and bizarrely it's headlined by a Greek born fighter Andreas Valavanis, who is now based in Egypt, taking on a Thai fighter Narong Bunchan, aka Saddam Kietyongyouth. The poster sells the show on that main event, but doesn't do anything to really stand out, but they do try incredibly hard in trying to sell a WBF title fight as something to be excited by.
On June 15th we'll see once beaten Thai fighter Dennapa Kiatniwat, aka Sarawut Thawornkham, challenge WBA Flyweight champion Artem Dalakian in Ukraine. Despite not being the best of match ups we were expecting a relatively decent poster, but instead we've ended up with what looks like a pretty weak effort from someone using photoshop. A disappointing effort all around.
On August 3rd we get a Dynamic Glove card, thanks to World Sports Boxing. The card will feature former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue, fighting for the first time since his bout with Jamie Munguia, and also a Japanese Middleweight title rematch between Kazuto Takesako and Shuji Kato. The poster, although nothing amazing, is pretty pleasing on the eye and certainly beats some of the other posters we've been seeing in Japan this year. A solid overall effort, without doing anything spectacular.
On June 11th Japanese fight fans get the next show under the Fighting Spirit Series and it's an interesting card, featuring Ryohei Takahashi and Samartlek Kokietgym, among others. The poster is a busy one, yet it manages to combine busy with artistic and we genuinely like this. It's eye catching and we do like this, a lot.
The IBF will hold a special show on June 1st in Macau. The first, and potentially only, poster for the show is an odd one which looks more like some sort of communist booklet than a boxing event poster. Despite the poor poster the card is a pretty interesting one, with a very global selection of fighters included Chinese, German, Filipino and Australian fighters involved.
We rarely talk about boxing in Taiwan but this weekend the country will put on a small card, backed in a way by the OPBF, as they look to develop their scene. The card, the second professional show under the current governing body, really is a low key one but should feature plenty of local talent looking to try and catch the eye. The card will be streamed for free over MOE Sports and should give a window to see the development that is beginning over there. Sadly the poster looks like something where the promoter has tried to include everyone and it's ended up an over cramped mess, but it could certainly be a lot worse.
On June 13th fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see Keita Obara return to a Japanese ring, following a loss in a world title eliminator, and will also see a Japanese Minimumweight title fight between Norihito Tanaka and Naoya Haruguchi. The poster for the card is pretty weird one in some ways. Obara's bout, which is technically the main event, is a mismatch but gets clear top billing, whilst the interesting title bout seems to play second fiddle. It's not awful, but one we don't really like. A very odd 2 part design that doesn't really work for us.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.