Sometimes a fighter seems to come from nowhere to excite fans. One such case from this year has been Diago Higa who claimed the WBC Youth Flyweight title in Thailand several months ago. The youngster returns to the ring on November 7th when he makes the first defense of his title and takes on Renren Tesorio. The poster for the show is an exciting one with both of the main event fighters, though predominantly Higa, taking up a large portion of the poster along with an Eagle, which plays back to Higa's mentor Yoko Gushiken. It's certainly not an amazing poster but it is a very likable one and a solid and eye catching design.
On November 5th Japanese fans get their first title bout of the month as Dangan 144 plays host to a potentially brilliant Flyweight title bout between Takuya Kogawa and Tetsuma Hayashi. It will the second meeting between the two men and promises a lot of action. As for the poster however it's very basic, a bit of an oddity for a Dangan poster. Despite being basic it is a simple and eye catching one and makes it clear who the main event is and what to expect.
On November 3rd Japanese fans in the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see the Rookie of the East final for this year. The poster features the 12 bouts on on the show, the 24 fighters are all given their space, with an image and some small details. Whilst the poster is certainly not featuring any "stars" it does do a good job of bringing attention to the whole show, a good idea or a card like this.
To kick off November we get a brilliant return to the Strongest Korakuen with a special million yen bonus up for grabs for the MVP of the show. The card features 4 main bouts with all 8 men, including former champions like Nihito Arakawa, Akinori Watanabe, Kentaro Masuda and Masayuki Kuroda, looking to earn a shot at a Japanese title.
The poster features those 4 bouts and the 8 men included in them as well as the title of the show and the Japanese title. It's not an amazing poster but it is one that has plenty of notable faces on it and does look rather exciting without being amazing.
On October 27th Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall get a small treat as they get an all 4-round Dangan card. The poster lists the bouts and uses a generic image to try and sell the show, which can't really be sold on any of the fighters so is sold on the card as a whole and makes a solid generic poster.
This coming Thursday sees Ohashi gym putting on an interesting looking card in Tokyo. The card features a couple of female world champions, Momo Koseki and Ayaka Miyao, as well as Japanese Featherweight champion Satoshi Hosono and the fast rising Ryo Matsumoto. The poster features those 4 fighters, and Takuya Watanabe who will be fighting Hosono.
The poster is a basic one but an effective one that shows all 5 fighters features with titles they've won, an interesting touch.
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On October 21st Japanese fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see the next of the Dangan shows, which appears to be a charity card headlined by Kyotaro Fujimoto. The poster is, in our eyes, a really exciting one with an action packed background and numerous fighters in the foreground. It's different to many of the Dangan posters but is a good one and one that we like the look of.
This coming Monday sees some really interesting action at the Korakuen Hall. The show, which features the likes of Naoko Fujioka, Hikaru Marugame and Jonathan Baat, promises a lot of excitement and is likely to be a really great show.
The poster features the fighters involved in the top two bouts as well as the details involved in the show. It's a sharp poster and an interesting one which knows it's draws.
The more packed of two Japanese cards this coming Sunday is the Gouken 7 show which is genuine packed, albeit with some less than great bouts. Saying that however it does feature former Flyweight kingpin Sonny Boy Jaro and several other interesting face. The show, given how packed it is, has most of the fighters on the poster, though the result of that is that the poster looks rushed, over busy and a bit cramped.
It's a good yet messy effort for us, but it is one that works overall
This coming Sunday Japanese fans get two small shows. One of those is this one, headlined by the hard hitting Yuki Beppu. The poster is simple but effective and certainly tries it' best to force the focus on to Beppu, who really is a fighter who has caught our eye with 9 straight T/KO's.
Although not the most creative of eye catching of posters it's also not one of the worst.
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Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.