This coming Sunday is a busy day for Japanese fight fans with a number of shows across the country. One of those shows, at the Aioi Hall, is a show dubbed Splendid Boxing Vol 6. The card isn't a huge one but it is an interesting one from Yakushiji promotions and is headlined by former OPBF title challenger Eita Kikuchi, who faces Kazuki Fukakura. The poster is a simple but busy one that has a lot going on but isn't an overly crowded one. A decent but not amazing effort.
The first of many notable Japanese shows in December comes on Saturday December 3rd and features the rematch between Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa and former champion Rikki Naito. The bout is the first of a huge number of title fights in Japan this coming month and deserves to headline a card, with the poster for the show just featuring the two fighters in a blasic but clearly designed promotional image.
The final Japanese show of November comes on November 29th and features the exciting Kenya Yamashita in the main event. The poster is a very busy one but is a decent one given just how busy and packed it is. It's not most clear but it's a solid overall effort.
Japanese fans get two shows this weekend, one of which will take place in Kagoshima and feature a number of low level fighs. The card might not be huge but the show does appear to have a number of guests, including teo former world champions, which should add some intrigue.
On Sunday Japanese fight fans have a choice of shows to attend, with one of those being a card in Aichi headlined by the promising Takuya Mizuno, who faces Indonesian visitor Jundullah M Fauzan. The rest of the card is less than notable except for the debut of Kento Hatanaka, the son of former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka. The poster does the best it can but with the locak of notable faces it always had an up hill task, and although it tries it's best it certainly doesn't blow us away.
This coming weekend Korean fans get a double with action on Saturday and Sunday. The first of those shows, on SBS Sports, will feature former world champion Eun Hye Lee as she fights for a WIBA title. The poster for the show looks very basic and unappealing despite the number of fighters featured on the promotional art work. The black background certainly doesn't help and it feels very much like a poorly done school project rather than a professional poster to advertise a boxing show.
This coming Sunday Korean fans will get the chance to see a really interesting bout as Korean based Pakistani Muhammad Waseem battles Filipino Giemel Magramo in a really interesting WBC Silver Flyweight title fight. The poster for the show is an interesting one with an old school feel and a very clear focus on the main event. It's a poster that is eye catching, interesting and articstically appealing, a really good effort.
Next weekend attention turns to the Philippines for the next Pinoy Pride card, which will be headlined by am IBF Light Flyweight "interim" world title fight between Milan Melindo and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. The poster is a simple one but a very infortmative one with a lot of information regarding the who, where and when. Despite the information there us a bit of a feel that the background could have been spruced up and more colour could have helped here.
On November 23rd Japanese fans in Osaka get one of the best shows this year, as Mutoh boxing and Morioka boxing come together to promote a huge 5 title bout show featuring 2 OPBF title bouts, 2 WBO Asia Pacific title bouts and a WBC Youth title fight. The card is not only stacked with title action but the show features notable names, like the fast rising Hinata Maruta and former world title challengers like Hirofumi Mukai and Inthanon Sithchamuang. The poster lists the 5 title bouts, it's laid out easily and simple and looks interesting. It's not an artistic poster but it is a really smart one.
This coming Friday fight fans in the UK will be able to see the highly touted Andrew Selby take on his first Asian opponent, Jake Bornea, in an interesting looking Flyweight title bout. The contest might not get a lot of attention but it's certainly an interesting fight and could serve as the first real test for Selby, who hasn't really lost more than a round or two so far into his career.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.