On December 30th we'll see Petch CP Freshmart, also known as Petch Sor Chitpattana and Tasana Salapat, battle against Takuma Inoue for the WBC "interim" Bantamweight title in Japan. The official poster for the show hasn't yet been released, however the Thai's have made this promotional image available, with the fighters, their basic details, and the WBC title in the background. It's a simple design and yet a very sharp looking one that sells the bout for what it is. Simple but effective.
Just days before Christmas we'll get the All Japan Rookie of the year final, pitting representatives from East Japan and West Japan against each other. The poster for the show is a pretty basic one, but an effective one, with the pictures of the two regional "teams" together with their names and weight divisions. It's simple, but it works.
On September 16th Qazaq Promotions, along with the Astana Arlans, will be putting on a show in Kazakhstan. The show isn't a mega stacked on, but does feature a number of notable names, including "special guest" Kanat Islam, who is expected to talk about his future plans. The poster is a simple one, but a pretty effective one, selling the show hard on the sense of national pride, rather than the match ups, none of which have been publicly announced as of yet.
On December 1st Russian fans get the chance to see Vage Sarukhanyan take on Filipino Adones Aguelo, in a rare bout where the Star Wars inspired poster outshines the pretty decent fight. In fact if we're being honest this really is one of the best posters of the year, even if it is just a star wars rip off.
On December 1st former WBC Bantamweight champion Luis "Pantera" Nery returns to the ring to take on Filipino Renoel Pael. The promotional image for the show has a really good, strong type face, but flounders in every other way, with a poor background, and disappointing images of the two fighters. All in all a fair "meh" effort.
On December 22nd former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa will return to the ring, to take on Belmar Preciado in Osaka. The bout isn't the main event of the show but does have it's own poster, featuring Osawa on a green background. It's a basic poster, and in fact looks more like a book cover than a fighter poster, but it build the significance of Osawa well.
The KBA are set to hold a show on December 16th, which will feature a couple of WBF title bouts. The poster is a really poor one, in fact it's so bad that "title" is spelled "tital" at one point and it just looks god awful. One of the very worst posters we've seen this year, and if we're being honest there has been some stinkers in 2018.
On December 15th fight fans in Korea will get a really interesting Japan Vs Korea card, which will be headlined by Hyun Je Shin taking on Chan Young Kim. The card features a mix of good Koreans, like Ro Joon Suh and Min Jang along with promising Japanese fighters, like Kai Chiba and Tatsumasa Abe. For a Korean poster, this is a big improvement from what we have seen in the past, and hopefully a sign of things to come.
On November 24th fight fans in Cebu City will get the next Pinoy Pride card, a triple header with 3 WBO affiliate titles on it. The bouts include Albert Pagara taking on George Krampah, Jeo Santisima facing Victor Lopez and KJ Cataraja fighting Hugo Reyes. The poster, and other promotional images, feature all 3 bouts and try to sell the show as a triple header. A solid effort in terms of the idea behind it, but the poster it's self does look a tad dull and unimaginative.
On December 9th fight fans in Vietnam get the chance to see a rare card of note, as Gakuya Furuhashi headlines the second card under the "Samurai Fight" banner. The poster is a very simple one, featuring the fighters from the card but essentially it's supposed to be a simple one, not selling the fighters but selling boxing, and the Japan Vs Vietnam relationship, which are bigger selling points than any specific fighter.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.