August 1st is an oddly big day in the boxing world this week despite falling a Thursday. Not only is there a WBA "interim" Flyweight title bout in Thailand but in the Philippines there is a WBO Bantamweight clash as the unbeaten champion Paulus Ambunda takes on fellow unbeaten Tomoki Kameda.
This bout looks like it could be a special contest and with whats on the line for Tomoki he'll know that the pressure really is on his shoulders. A victory for the young Japanese fighter would see him becoming the first WBO champion from Japan and become the 3rd of the Kameda brothers to claim a world title.
For Ambunda, currently the only Namibian world champion, he'll be looking to make the first defense of his belt.
In regards to the poster we quite like this one with an almost "wild west" feel to it with the colour scheme. Sure it's nothing outstanding but it's a solid effort from the Kameda Promotions team.
July 26th 2013 gives us the next in the Harada Gym series of "Fighting Beat Boxing". This card, held at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka is expected to feature 7 bouts including a Rookie of the Year contest and the highly ranked Nakajima Ryo.
In terms of the poster it's certainly a bit different to most others but it is rather typical for the "Fighting Beat Boxing" posters that are used by Harada.
Koki Kameda is widely regarded as one of the biggest names in Japanese boxing and in the poster for his up coming bout John Mark Apolinario he takes centre stage. The show, featuring two a WBA title fights (including Etsuka Tada v Anabel Ortiz as well as the Koki bout) appears to be all about Koki.
Whilst it's a Kameda show and we can't complain about Koki stealing the limelight it'd still be nice see him showing some humility. Oddly the main imagine actually looks like a fighter "hanging them up", could a loss be the end for Koki?
Although July 23rd this year is really about the Kameda card there is another Japanese show, "Oriental Boxing Night". Put on by Katsumata Gym at the Korakuen Hall the card features boxers from Japan, Thailand and the Philippines with the most well known fighters on the card being Ryan Bito and Yuki Nasu
Less than a year on for the Golden Boy Promotion's original "Knockout Kings" show they continue the theme with "Knockout Kings II".
The original "Knockout Kings" featured Saul Alvarez v Josesito Lopez, Marcos Maidana v Jesus Soto Karass, Daniel Ponce De Leon v Jhonny Gonzalez and Leo Santa Cruz vs. Eric Morel.
Of the 8 men in the original "Knockout Kings" only one, Jesus Soto Karass returns for part II. For us however the interest is in Japanese Nihito Arakawa who will attempt to claim the WBC "interim" Lightweight title as he takes on Omar Figueroa.
On the poster Arakawa is sadly absent however on the Banner (see below) he is there. Sure it's the writing that takes up most of the space whilst the images of American Andre Berto and Mexican Soto Karass catch the eye but if you look carefully however Arakawa is featured in the bottom corner under Soto Karass.
Bob Arum's "Top Rank Promotions" returns to Macau on July 27th for "Fists of Gold II". The card features the second professional contest of 2-time Olympic gold medal winner Zou Shiming, a man Arum seems to see as a potential cash cow in terms of the Chinese market.
As well as the Shiming bout the card features 8 other fights including a contest for Rex Tso (who shares the poster with Shiming) and 2 world title bouts (Evgeny Gradovich v Mauricio Javier Munoz for the IBF Featherweight title and Juan Francisco Estrada v Milan Melindo for the WBO and WBA super title at Flyweight).
Whilst the poster isn't highly impressive the card it's self is and will be well worth tuning in for.
In a bit of oddity the upcoming "Kamikaze 2" card from Kadoebihoseki appears to have gotten 2 separate posters (and a banner as well). The poster at the top of this entry shows the 4 Heavyweights who will be in action.
With the main attraction being Kyotaro Fujimoto v Okello Peter for the Japanese Heavyweight title and the chief support being Rio Hidaka v Masataka Takehara we fully understand the top poster.
Below is the second poster which features the other notable fighters from the card including Kenji Kubo, Shuhei Tsuchiya and Tomomi Takano.
Although it's a bit of an oddity We've got to say that we like the idea of having two posters so well done to Kadoebihoseki.
The poster above is for the Shirai-Gushiken promoted card for July 22nd. This poster features WBA female Super Flyweight champion Naoko Yamaguchi as the prominent figure whilst her challenger Daniela Romina Bermudez takes a small, inset picture.
The poster above is the Ohashi Gym Poster for Akira Yaegashi's first WBC Flyweight title defense. The bout, schedule for August 12th sees Akira taking on Mexican challenger Oscar Blanquet .
Oddly whilst Akira is featured twice on the poster it appears that Blanquet isn't featured at all, instead the WBC belt takes centre stage.
This is the poster being used by Ohahsi Gym for the up coming "45th Phoenix Battle". It's main even features Ryoichi Taguchi v Naoya Inoue with Taguchi defending the Japanese Light Flyweight title.
Despite being the challenger Inoue has clearly taken the lead billing in the poster.
As the poster says this will be taking place on August 25th.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.