This coming Saturday we see Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao return to the ring after a notable break from action. In the opposite corner will be WBO Welterweigth champion Jessie Vargas. The poster for the bout builds on an idea of a Legend facing a champion but to be honest we don't really like the poster, and think it's pretty poor in all honesty, especially given the level of the show and the intrigue of the match up.
On November 3rd fans in Kumamoto will get the chance to see local star Tatsuya Fukuhara defending his Japanese Minimumweight title against Genki Hanai. The poster features the two fighters but is a basic poster, doesn't do anythign too exciting, but is effective and very clear in what the show is selling
To kick off a very busy November Japanese fan get a title fight as Hiroki Okada looks to defense his 140lb title against Valentine Hosokawa. The poster for the show is full of information and looks quite artistic, but if we're being honest it's not a design we're particularly excited about, it's not terrible but we don't really like the design.
On October 29th fans in Kazakhstan finally get the chance to see Kanat Islam fight on their soil as he takes on Patrick Allotey. The bout, which takes place in Almaty Arena, is a good looking one on paper and although the poster isn't the most exciting the fight should be thrilling. The poster is just a basic effort but is does look decent enough, even if it's not hugely exciting.
On October 29th Mexican fans will see two notable bouts featuring Asian fighters taking on local former world champions. One sees Japan's Shohei Kawashima challenger Super Flyweight champion Cristian Mijares whilst the other sees Filipino Crison Omayao take on former unified Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. Both bouts are advertised on the poster and both look like interesting match ups, though the poster does look like it has peculiar dimensions.
This coming weekend Filipino Richie Mepranum will go up against Luis Nery in Mexico. The card is a rather low key one despite the interesting main event, but the show is a positive one with clear links to Breast Cancer awareness, and a theme of punching to help cancer awareness. It's a nice idea even if the poster isn't the best.
On October 29th Korean get the second show from the newly founded BoxingM organisation. The card features a pair of WBC EPBC title fights and 4 bouts pitching Korean fighters against Japanese fighters. Sadly whilst the card has promise it doesn't really deliver when you start picking at the bits, however the poster is an interesting decision and sells the show well, without doing anything special. Sadly when you look carefully you see how just how poor the actual match ups are.
On August 28th fights fans in the Philippines get an interesting card with several title bouts, one of which will see Thailand's Rakniran Muadransarakam defending his WBO Asia Pacific title against Shota Kawaguchi. Strange the bout has got it's own poster, despite not being the main event of the card. Sadly, if we're being honest, it's not the greatest poster, and it strangely makes the challenger look far bigger than the champion.
This coming Tuesday we get the next of the Dangan cards, a co-named card also dubbed Tomorrow's Champion 32. The posters key figure is Japanese Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa, who defends hit title, whilst the undercard fighters are given small boxers. It's not the most exciting of posters but it sells the show on it's strengths, makes fans aware of the bouts on it and it continues to fit in with the Dangan theme. A solid, if rather predictable, poster
This coming Sunday isn't a great day for Japanese fans, with the only card of the day being Kuroshio dynamic Fight 34, a less than stellar show with nothing too exciting. Despite being a low profile card is does allow fans some action and a chance to see some fights. It seems those designing the poster for the show know the card isn't a big one and the poster does look rather "meh" as a result, a fair poster for the type of card it's promoting but nothing that will make fight fans excited about the show at hand.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.