On August 2nd Japanese fans get a charity show based around raising money for the Kumamoto Earthquake victims. The show is being headlined by Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto with the other notable fighters on the show all being included in the poster which has an almost party theme to it. The show is a festival and should, hopefully, raise some more money to help support the victims who are still feeling the after effects of the tragedy earlier this year.
At the end of July we see one of boxing's most promising young fighters return to the ring as he goes into his first title fight. That young fighter is Hinata Maruta who battles fellow unbeaten youngster Wilbert Berondo in a bout for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title. The two men are the key fighters on the poster which is again selling by the "Art of Boxing" tag line, a tag built around Maruta's incredible skills. The poster also features the show's details and some of the under-card fighters on the bottom of the poster.
At the end of July Japanese fans in Osaka get two notable shows. One of those is the 8th show in the "Bom Ba Ye" series. The card is to be headlined by an OPBF title fight between Takayuki Hosokawa and Koshinmaru Saito, as well as the main event the card also features former world title challenger Takafumi Mukai and the exciting Koki Tyson. The poster is a simple one, with the main event fighters given the top billing at the top of the poster whilst the under-card fighters are on the bottom of the poster. It's a simple poster but a solid.
This coming Thursday sees the ring return of Masayuki Ito who looks to record the second defense of his OPBE Super Featherweight title. The excellent Japanese fighter will be up against Ernie Sanchez, of the Philippines, on a card that also features for Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe. The poster of the show features a bout list as well as the main draws. It's a simple design but one that works.
This coming Wednesday sees attention turn to Thailand as Pungluang Sor Singyu, the WBO Bantamweight champion, takes on mandatory challenger Marlon Tapales. The poster is a simple one with the two men in the key images, along with the WBO title, whilst undercard fighters are featured in the background as well as the two key people behind OneSongchai promotions.
This coming Wednesday Japanese fans get the chance to see the next Dangan card, a small card based on 4 rounders. Given the nature of the show it should come as no surprise that the card features a poster that is very much a basic design and lists the bouts on the card. Don't expect any major headlined from this one, but the action be exciting.
This coming Tuesday Japanese fans get the next "The Greatest Boxing" card. The show isn't a huge one but it does feature some notable fighters, including the promising Noriaki Sato and the experienced Shuji Hamada along with former Japanese title challenger Ryuta Otsuka. The poster is simple, basic but effective.
This coming Monday Japanese fight fans get an intriguing card at the Korakuen Hall, and over the BoxingRaise service. The card features two title fights with Hiroki Okada defending his Japanese title, again Cristiano Aoqui and Suyon Takayama challenging Jack Brubaker for the OPBF Welterweight title. The two Kadoebi fighters, Takayama and Okada, take up most of the poster whilst their opponents are both featured in inset pictured below the main fighters. It's a solid yet unspectacular poster.
This Saturday Japan's 2012 Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata will face off against George Tahdooahnippah. The bout doesn't have it's own massive poster due to how big the card is, but it does have this promotional image regarding the TV broadcast for the bout on Fuji TV.
This coming Sunday Japanese attention turns to Aichi for a small but notable card headlined by a pair of rematches. The poster for the card is simple with the matches shown, but effective, at least if you can read Japanese.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.