To begin the month of September Apollo Gym will be putting on a small card in Osaka. The card is certainly not a big one, though it's rare that Apollo do do a card of major note, though it's still good to see them giving a run out to some of their fighters. The poster though is sadly just a bit, well, boring if we're being honest and it does nothing to really exciting or intrigue.
Posters for Thai fighters have never been great and that's shown again for the August 4th card at the Blue Arena stadium between Campee Phayon and Lunjun Zhao of China. The poster is nothing short of boring, despite a pretty good main event for the WBO Youth Super Featherweight title.
The Dangan cards are some of the most notable and consistently good cards on the planet and it appears their September 21st show will be another cracker with a frankly amazing main event match up. The bout, actually announced today, will see fast rising novice Tsubasa Murachi battle against former world title challenger Froilan Saludar in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. Whilst the bout is an amazing one the poster is a pretty average one, with the two men and the regional title. It's rather disappointing given the
On September 16th we get the next card in the Gouken series of shows, and this one is particularly interesting with two title bouts on it. The main event will see Daiki Tomita battle Hayato Yamaguchi for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title whilst the other will be a Japanese female Bantamweight title bout between Kanako Taniyama and Tomoko Okuda. Sadly for such an interesting card we see the typical Gouken poster, which always looks a bit, second rate. This is a clear case of the show being better than the poster, sadly.
The Victoriva cards are some of the most interesting Japan, with the cards being showcases of female boxing. They aren't card which will get much attention from a mainstream western audience, but for what they are they provide a great chance for female fighters to shine. The next Victoriva card, set for for September 12th, will see Ayaka Miyao headlining the card and she really is the star of the poster, being featured by herself, in what is a rather peculiar choice. The card will feature two world title bouts, but this poster only features one of the fighters involved in those title bouts. With that in mind we wouldn't be surprised to see a revision done closer to fight night to sell the show, not just Miyao.
On August 11th Korean fans will get the chance to see Jung Kyoung Lee, one of the most significant boxers currently out there, taking on Japanese veteran Akinori Watanabe in what will be Lee's first defense of the OPBF Welterweight title. The poster for the match up isn't the most spectacular, but yet it's still pretty eye catching with a good use of colour with the challenger playing in contrast to an almost colourless image of the champion.
In early August Elorde put on a notable card in Paranque City, featuring a mix of Filipino, Japanese and Indonesian fighters. The bouts aren't the best, but they do feature some fun fighters, including Daisuke Sugita, Alvin Medura and Jun Blazo. The poster, sadly, looks more like a glorified bout list than a real poster, but still it's good to see what matches are on the card!
ALA have been scarily quiet in 2019. The once leading Filipino promotional company have almost vanished this year, in what is a worrying concept for the Filipino fight scene. Thankfully they do have a show this coming Friday, with several notable names on it, including the fantastically talented KJ Cataraja, the promising Go Hosaka, Light Flyweight hopeful Christian Bacolod and novice professional Regie Suganob. The poster sells the show on those 4 men, though the show feels a very long way removed from the Pinoy Pride shows that ALA are best known for. It really does feel like the promoter needs a big break sooner rather than later if they are to remain the country's key promotional outfit.
On July 27th Filipino youngster Joseph Ambo will be in action in South Africa, as he battles the talented and touted Yanga Sigqibo in East London. The poster isn't the most artistic, but with Nelson Mandela in the middle there is automatically a sense of class, decency and respect. It's perhaps not the ideal image for boxing, especially given the arena looks empty, but there is something about this poster that makes us smile.
On September 5th we'll see OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito travel to Korea, to attempt to break a curse that struck his father several times and pick up a win on the Korean peninsula. The Japanese fighter will be defending his title against Gyu Beon Jeon. The poster for the bout features the two men along with the name of the show the date and the OPBF title. It's simple, yet still rather striking and sharp. A decent if basic design.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.