July kicks off with the next in the long running series of "Dangan" shows with Dangan 106. This show focuses on a number of very interesting B class match ups that make for very competitive contests, at least on paper.
Whilst the show isn't a big one it is an interesting which is being marketed with a good price tag, sadly however the poster is one we expect will split opinion. On one hand it lives up to the Dangan name, after all Dangan translates as "Bullet" and the poster looks like it has bullet holes. On the other hand however the poster looks like it is advertising a cheap second rate product. We like it but we understand why other people wouldn't and can appreciate that it doesn't look like a poster advertising a great show.
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To end the month of June Japanese fans will get "Real Soul Boxing 53" sadly it's a relatively low budget card though that is reflected in the ticket prices which are certainly low cost. The card features very little of major interest, though the main event is a somewhat interesting domestic scrap on paper.
If we describe the show as a budget one it's fair to say we would use the same term to describe the poster which is certainly nothing great despite having nice concepts. Sadly for a month ending show it is a disappointment though with the price of admission we hope the fighters give a great account of themselves and make us eat our words.
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A show that sneaked up on us was this Wednesday's "Triple Blow" card from the Philippines. The show, which features 3 title fights, has one of the most exciting Filipino prospects, Rex Wao, on it as he takes on Virden Rivera in the main event.
We'll be honest it does look like an amateur-hour poster but the bouts are worth having a genuine interest in, and, from what we understand, the show is free to attend making it a really promising show, it's just a shame that the free admission isn't mentioned on the poster anywhere.
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Dangan posters tend to be hit and miss. For their shows with notable fighters they are usually very good whilst their lesser shows, such as the 4 round cards, tend to be poor. With that in mind we've got to admit we're not fans of the poster for Dangan 105 which is one of the shows where all the bouts on it are scheduled 4 rounders.
The shows tend to be decent to watch and great value for money but the posters really doe just resemble "boxing stock pictures" which is a shame considering the action the shows do usually get.
Sure the poster tells us what the show is, who is on the card and the ilk but as a poster it's pretty "meh" if we're being honest.
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This coming Wednesday may not be a big day in boxing but Japanese fans continue to get action with yet another card, albeit a low level card that will certainly not be one getting much attention from fight fans around the world.
The show is headlined by Tatsuya Takahashi who fights against Thai visitor Pramod Sor Vorapin. It's not a great fight and in honesty the main even sums up much of the issues with what we have, it's a poor main event, a missable show and not a great poster.
Despite the amateur look of the poster not every show can be a high level big budget affair and with that in mind we can't really complain when there are a few level shows even though the poster isn't appealing at all.
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This coming Tuesday sees title action returning to the Korakuen Hall for a second successive day as Kyoei Gym put on a very interesting show.
The main event sees OPBF Featherweight champion Hisashi Amagasa defending his title against the challenge of Thailand's Maxsaisai Sithsaithong. In regards to the poster the biggest image is that of Amagasa who takes up a big chunk of the poster with his yellow tinted image.
As well as the Amagasa bout there is a further 6 bouts on the show, all of which are mentioned at the bottom of the poster with each of those bouts having a fighter shown along side their match up. The most recognisable of these fighters is Tomomi Takano who will be fighting Kai Johnson in the most significant fight of her career.
In regards to the poster it's certainly got a "different" look to it compared to many other contemporary posters. That's not to say it's great but it's certainly an interesting one and we like the idea of getting more than just the main event fighter on the poster. Sure the small inset pictures aren't great but they beat just having the main attraction, especially when the main fighter is given a peculiar tint as we see here..
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This coming Monday sees the Ohashi Gym stable of fighters returning to the ring for the next in the long line of the "Phoenix Battle" series. The show, the 49th in series of shows, is headlined by a Japanese Featherweight title fighter between Satoshi Hosono and Gosuke Seki though they are far from the only two fighters of note on the shots. The card also includes the highly touted Super Flyweight prospect Ryo Matsumoto and the OPBF Minimumweight champion Ryuji Hara, though neither of these two are really featured on the poster which is a shame considering that they are emerging names and faces in the sport.
Although many of the bouts are one sided the show is pretty interesting overall, even if it is just so we can see the development of some of Ohashi's "other" top prospects. We'll admit we do think Matsumoto will go a very long if given the right fights to develop as far Hara the jury is out, he's already claimed Japanese and OPBF titles but long term we feel there is a lot to do before he moves on to a world title fight.
Ignoring the fact that the prospects aren't featured on the poster we'll admit we like the poster with the main event fighters and the lion's headwhich gives the feeling of danger. It's not spectacular, and it is flawed, but we still like it.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
Japanese fighters rarely headline a bout in the US but this weekend sees Japanese slugger Yoshihiro Kamegai doing just that as he plays the B side to multi-weight world champion Robert Guerrero.
The bout not only headlines this weekend's Showtime telecast but also the poster with the two men taking the top part of the poster whilst the unbeaten Gary Russell Jr and former amateur star Vasyl Lomachenko are relegated to minor bit parts alongside Devon Alexander and Jesus Soto Karass at the bottom of the poster.
Although it's great, from an Asian perspective, to see Kamegai used as one of the big points of the card it does seem a bit backwards that the Lomachenko/Russell Jr bout isn't the main event. It is what it is though and we can't complain too much at what looks to be a fantastic card courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions.
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This Thursday will be a major fight in the career of two promising young Flyweights who collide in a major bout together. Those men are Filipino banger Froilan Saludar and highly touted Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo who meet in an IBF Flyweight title eliminator. The bout is genuinely amazing on paper and it's one we really are looking forward to. Sadly however the poster doesn't do the fight justice and instead of the the Filipino being given some space all we get of him is his name, in tiny font, on the poster.
Whilst we understand the show is being sold on the local Puerto Rican fighters who will appeal to local fans it does seem like Saludar is being treat like a second class citizen on a poster that should be there to sell him and his fight, not Prichard Colon in what appears to be little more than a mismatch against the very poor Carlos Garcia.
We're not fans of this poster and we're not fans of the way Saludar is being viewed though it does make us support him that little bit more than we do anyway.
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It's not often that we're mega excited about an OPBF title fight but this week has a potentially brilliant bout for the OPBF Flyweight title as Koki Eto battles Ardin Diale in what looks almost nailed on to be a war between two fighters who have more heart and will power than defensive skill.
The two main fighters take up the main of the poster with the shows name taking up a large portion and two of the undercard fighters also being featured. To be fair however this show is all about the main event which oozes "FOTY" potential even if it's not a high profile bout or even being televised live. If you're at the Korakuen Hall you'll be in for a treat here.
As for the actual poster it could certainly be better but in all honesty the fight sells its self. It's not a great poster but it's also not an atrocious one given that the main event of this show is just an OPBF title bout.
(Image courtesy of Boxmob.jp)
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.