In a bout that has "KO" written all over it the big punching Dmitry Kudryashov will be fighting Zack Mwekassa. Between these two men they had 25 wins, 3 losses 24 wins by KO. Yes folks this will be explosive!
The poster sadly doesn't reflect the explosiveness that we're expecting though it features the two main fighters and seemingly another bout (which we believe will feature Evgeny Chuprakov). Decent enough banner/poster but certainly nothing amazing.
Most of the Western world will be turning their attention to Canada this weekend courtesy of a world title double header in the Light Heavyweight division.
Whilst we, for Asian Boxing, need to ignore one of those fights somewhat as Adonis Stevenson takes on Tony Bellew, we are are awaiting the show for the other fight which sees Sergey Kovalev defending his WBO Light Heavyweight title for the first time. Kovalev will be fighting Ismayl Sillakh in what really should be a set up to a Kovalev/Stevenson bout for 2014.
In regards to the poster it's a solid enough thing with the two lead fighters getting the poster space alongside their bouts.
Friday November 29th sees Shinsei putting on "Real Spirits Vol 33", a show headlined by Kohei Oba defending his Japanese Bantamweight title against Yuji Hasegawa.
Oddly it seems that it won't just be boxing on the show but also a musical performance by "JTB from Might Jam Rock" whilst we're also reading that a documentary will be involved in the show.
Unfortunately when it comes to the poster it seems to be more about the music than the boxing, a bit of a disappointment in all honesty. It's got the details of the show and some of the fighters on it but the sheer fact that the musicians takes up half the poster space is a bit too much for us.
IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama makes his long awaited return to Japan as he competes on the up-coming Kameda card. Takayama, who hasn't fought in Japan since 2009 and hasn't fought in Osaka 2008 seems to have some how gotten his own poster for the show.
We'll be honest we think it's great that Takayama is back in Japan and although the poster is a bit of a strange one we like it and really hope that Takayama's fight with Vergilio Silvano will leave a lasting impression on fans and see him back in Japan with out another long wait.
As well as the poster there is also a banner for the fight as seen above. Very strange in all honesty considering that the fight isn't even the lead fight for the show!
Although we now believe that the bout between Xiong Zhao Zhong and Omari Kimweri is off we thought it only fair to show the poster for the fight.
It of course is a simple one. It fatures bother fighters, their nicknames and their flags though very little else other than the date and time. It was a simple poster but one that very, very few would ever get the chance to see, and in fact we're lucky we found it.
Unfortunately with this bout now being called off due to passport regarding Kimweri, there is an issue about whether or not Zhong will manage to get an interesting challenger at such late notice. If not we hope this bout will be re-made for early 2014.
The Dangan series returns for Dangan 88 on November 29th and is a show that genuinely has had us really interested since we first had details of it and for several reasons.
The key reason that we've been so excited about this card is due to it featuring Tadashi Yuba's rematch with Yoshihisa Tonimura. The men, who fought to a split decision in favour of Yuba earlier this year, will be fighting over Yuba's Japanese Light Middleweight title. Yuba, defending the belt for the first time, became Japan's first ever 5 weight national champion when he won the title back in August and will be looking to further cement his place Japanese boxing history.
One of a number of secondary reason's that we're interested in the show is due to the debut of Japanese singer Yuki Clay, AKA KUREI from Kimurguren.
As well as those two notable contests the card has several other ranked fighters in action in what is one of the best domestic cards of the year.
In regards to the poster it does look very, very busy but yet also features all the information needed. The main fight of course takes centre stage why KUREI also takes up some notable space but the poster does keep with the theme of a number of over Dangan posters. No real issue with the poster from us!
Filipino promotional powerhouse, ALA Promotions, get back in to the swing of things with one of their biggest shows of the year.
Held in the Araneta Center in Quezon City, ALA have stacked the card, subtitled "Filipinos Kontra Latinos" (Filipino's Against Latino's), with notable Filipino and genuinely major contests.
The highest profile bouts are contests for the WBO Minimumweight title as Merlito Sabillo fights his mandatory challenger Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago, and WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes battles Mexican Sammy Gutierrez.
As well as the world title contests other notable names from the Philippines are AJ Banal, Milan Melindo, Jason Pagara and Jimrex Jaca whilst other noteworthy Latino's include Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, best known for being beaten in 6 rounds by Kazuto Ioka.
In regards to the poster it's solid enough and pits the fighters in a very much "us versus them" look that we quite like whilst also keeping the Pinoy Pride label clear and in the centre of the poster. Overall we like the poster and love the look of the show.
Tuesday November 26th sees Misako putting on a show in the Korakuen Hall. The show, whilst far from being anything special is a solid enough 9 fight card that should provide some decent action.
The most notable names on the card are Yuki Fukumoto, Shamgar Koichi and Osamu Hashimoto and whilst none are ever likely to be world champions they should all manage to compete solidly on the domestic stage.
In regards to the poster is decent enough for a low level show. Not great by any means but certainly acceptable for what it is.
Many of our favourite Japanese posters have come from the "Phoenix Battle" series of fights put on by Ohashi Gym. Whilst we do usually like them we've got to admit that "47th Phoenix Battle" has a pretty poor poster in all honesty. Sure the 4 main fighters are featured with Ayaka Miyao, Gretchen Abaniel, Kayoko Ebata and Nancy Franco all clearly visible but the "away fighters", Abaniel and Franco, look like they have been badly added.
Despite not being fans of the poster we do expect the show, headlined by Miyao v Abaniel, to be incredibly good especially for fans of female boxing and November 28th should give us some brilliant action.
Interestingly we appear to have come across a "pre-poster" which merely featured the prices, the date, the main fight and a picture of Miyao.
It seems that Ohashi Gym do these on a regular basis and whilst they aren't as good as good as the actual posters they are still interesting things to come across.
Although Asia has, over the years, held some memorable Heavyweight contests such as "The Thrilla in Manila" it's fair to say that the division hasn't been one that has really been a staple of the Asian fight scene.
Despite the lack of regular action in the division this Monday sees the first defense of the Japanese Heavyweight title by Kyotaro Fujimoto as he takes on #1 contender Kotatsu Takehara.
The show, put on by Kadoebi appears to be dubbed "Japan's strongest I" and on paper looks to be an excellent 7 fight card.
Despite how great the card is the poster is unfortunately pretty poor and not one we're a fan of, though of course the action in the ring is far more important than the action poster.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.