On September 16th attention turns to the Philippines, at least for a part of the day, as IBF Light Flyweight champion Milan Melindo looks to make his first defense of the title, and takes on South African Hekkie Budler in a very good looking match up. The bout, which headlines Pinoy Pride 42, is used as the selling point of the show,and it really does look set to be a fantastic bout. The poster features the two fighters and some general details about the show, and whilst it's not the best poster ever, it's certainly not a terrible one.
On September 13th Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get the next in the The Kanmuriwashi Fight series and the Dangan series as SGS and Dangan co-promote a show headlined by the always fun to watch Koki Eto. The card it's self isn't a deep one, and Eto is certainly carrying the card, but it offers an alternative to those unable to go to Osaka for the world title double header. The poster managers to keep within the style used for other Gushiken shows, and whilst it's nothing special it works well for this show, putting almost all the focus on Eto.
On September 13th Japanese fight fans will be treat to double header of world title action. The "lesser" of the two bouts will see 2-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka defending his WBO Light Flyweight title against Thai challenger Palangpol CP Freshmart whilst the other will be an all-Japanese affair for the IBF Super Bantamweight title, with Yukinori Oguni defending his title against mandatory challenger Ryosuke Iwasa. The poster promotes the two-title aspect of the show and looks exciting in what is one of the better posters we've seen in Japan this year.
On September 10th we'll see the next Mugen show, headlined by a rematch between Edward Heno and Seita Ogido who face off for the OPBF Light Flyweight title. The poster follows the style of other Mugen posters, and looks like an exciting poster. The poster isn't amazing, but works well for the show, which should be very exciting and well worth the price of admission.
On September 9th we get one of the most anticipated shows of the year, "Superfly", which features a trio of Super Flyweight bouts, featuring some of the top talent in the division, such as WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, former 4-weight champion Roman Gonzalez, WBO champion Naoya Inoue, making his US debut, former WBC champion Carlos Cuadras and former unified Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada. The poster sells the show on both the overall card and the rematch between Srisaket and Gonzale, which is almost certainly expected to be a thrilling and all action contest, much like their first. A solid poster, for one of the shows of the year.
On September 3rd fight fans in Kyoto will get a triple title show, headlined by Shun Kubo defending the WBA Super Bantamweight title against Daniel Roman. The card will also see Reiya Konishi defending his Japanese Minimumweight title and Masayoshi Nakatani defending his OPBF Lightweight title. The 4 fighters mentioned are all on the poster which looks exciting, and interesting and is a really good quality poster, one that we really like.
On September 3rd Japanese fight fans in Aichi will get a Hatanaka promoted card, featuring three of the most notable fighters from the gym. Those three fighters are former Japanese champion Shota Hayashi, the hotly tipped prospect Kento Hatanaka and former 2-time Japanese title challenger Yushi Tanaka. The show is selling on those men and it's clear that the poster's focus on those 3, in what is actually a pretty good poster, and one we quite like.
On September 2nd Korean fans will get the Quarter finals of the SBS Pro Boxing Lightweight tournament. The poster features the 4 fights on the poster in a pretty simple design. If you can't read Korean the poster won't make much sense, but the 8 fighters make it clear that it is for a fighting show of some kind.
On September 2nd fans of the rising Takuya Uehara will get the chance to see their man in action again as he headlines the next "Apollo KO Live" show. The poster for the card is pretty poor but it continues to push Uehara as the gym's star and it's clear their intention is to have him at the forefront of the posters and gym. The poster is disappointing promotionally if we're being honest.
On September 2nd we get the nexy Dynamic Glove card, headlined by Super Featherweight contender Masayuki Ito, who is said to be closing in on a world title fight. The talented Ito is supported by bouts featuring Sho Nakazawa and Ryo Hino. The poster sells the show on Ito and his progression towards a world title fight and the hope will be that he can increase his profile in Japan before getting the shot, likely in 2018.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.