On July 3rd fight fans in Tokyo will see former world title Jetro Pabustan battle Japanese warrior Tatsuya Takahashi in a potential thriller for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. The poster sells the show primarily on that bout, which really should be a fun and wild contest between two men who are flawed, but generally happy to let their hands go. The poster is simple, but the reality is that the poster does do a good job of selling the show, even if it could be better.
On July 2nd fight fans in Australia will see Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao defending his WBO Welterweight title against Australian Jeff Horn. The poster for the bout is selling the show as "Battle of Brisbane" and if we're being honest the poster doesn't really excite us, with a rather sterile boring look to it.
On July 2nd fight fans will get a massive show down under with two world title bouts. The lesser of those bouts will see Japan's Teiru Kinoshita battle IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas. Whilst there is a proper for the show the Japanese team behind Kinoshita have released their own, with Kinoshita being featured in the leading role on the poster and the two bouts, the Ancajas Vs Kinoshita one and Manny Pacquiao Vs Jeff Horn, both being advertised, along with the Japanese TV details for the bout, with the poster revealing WOWOW will show the card.
On June 27th Filipino fans at Makati City get the chance to see a smallbut notable card, put on by United boxing gym. The card isn't going to be a huge one, but should featuring some exciting low key bouts.
To kick off a busy July fight fans in Japan will get DynamicGlove 562, headlined by Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa, who defends his title against Hirotsugu Yamamoto. The champion is featured heavily on the poster, which if we're being honest is somewhat dull, though it could have been a good poster if they had really run with some of the ideas they have toyed with. It's clear the show is selling on Ogawa, but sadly for him he's not the huge draw that Teiken are likely hoping he could be.
To endthe month of June fight fans in Japan will get a treat on Boxingraise as Kadoebi put on a solid looking show. The card will be headlined by a Japanese "interim" Welterweight title fight, as Daisuke Sakamoto and Makoto Kawasaki face off with the winner to face Toshio Arikawa later in the year. As well as the potentially thrilling main event fans will also get an intriguing under-card with former Japanese champions Hiroki Okada and Shuhei Tsuchiya in action, as well as the debut of Ryota Yamauchi. The poster does well to sell the show, and it does look pretty good.
The Dangan cards have typically been a staple at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo with very few shows taking place outside of the Japanese Holy Land. The next one to take place away from the series' spiritual home will take place on June 25th in Sapporo. The card isn't a big one, but features enough notable talent to be interested by and should be a good chance for the Dangan series to grow beyond the confines of Tokyo.
On June 25th Ohashi put on their next show, headlined by Koki Inoue in what is set to be his Japanese title prelude. The poster has an almost birthday party invitiation feel to it, and whilst it's not a great boxing poster, especially given some of the great ones Ohashi have used in the past, there is a lot of information on here but it doesn't look like anything special.
June 25th is set to be a busy day with 3 card in Japan alone. One of those will take in Fukuoka, where Orio put on a show headlined by former Japanese title challenger Takumi Sakae. The poster is a simple one, but a pretty good one, selling on 5 of the fighters rather than really selling on a bout, it uses the strength of the shows fighters to sell, and it works in a solid looking, class poster.
Shinsei gym are currently going through a transition with Hozumi Hasegawa having retired and Shun Kubo being their new star. Behind Kubo are a number of promising prospects, such as Ryo Kosaka and Shun Kosaka. A number of those hopefuls will be in action on June 24th as part of Real Spirits Vol 56, the next in the line of the Shinsei promoted cards. The poster is simple, but it's one that works.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.