On December 17th fight fans in Osaka will see second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi take on Masayasu Nakamura in what they are selling as a clash of hard puncher. This is a really smart poster, as it sells the bout on the excitement of a KO, and the Tatsuyoshi name. It's nothing amazing in the grand scheme of things, but for this particular show the team behind the poster have worked wonders. Well done to those involved.
On December 16th in Almaty, Kazakhstan, fight fans will be in store for a treat as they get a special Independence day show. The card coincides with a big national holiday and whilst it's not littered with the biggest names in Kazakh boxing it is still a strong card with a lot of local interest. The poster really sells on the fighters and the holiday it's celebrating, but is still a simple design. It's effective but it knows it's target audience.
On December 14th at the Elorde Sports Center fans will see the latest show in the Elorde promoted "Nights of Champions" series. The poster for this one is dull and uninspired, though it's hard to complain about the poster being uninspired when one of the fighters involved is Mateo Handig, who is 2-15 in his last 17 career bouts. We suspect that goes to 2-16 when he takes on Cris Paulino here.
On November 22nd we'll see unbeaten Chinese fighter ZongLi He take on talented Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan in a really good looking bout. The poster for the show almost sells the event as a China Vs the World card, and although it's not an amazing poster we do actually quite like this one, and it's simplistic design.
On December 14th ALA Promotions put on their next card, as they look to keep some of their top prospects busy. Among those featured on one of the promotional images are Regie Suganbob, Go Hosaka and Jeo Santisima. The poster really is focused on those 3 prospects but does little to really sell the wider show. We love the talented trio, but we do wonder what their wider drawing power is really like, and this poster may well fail to attract the audience ALA need to get onside.
On December 23rd we'll get the next big Fuji Boxing card, headlined by Ryota Murata defending the WBA "regular" Middleweight title against Steven Butler. The poster for the bout sells hard on the main, but also tries to make fans aware of the two main support bouts, battles between Kenshiro and Felix Alvarado who fight to unify Light Flyweight titles, and Moruti Mthalane and Akira Yaegashi, who fight for Mthalane's IBF Flyweight title. A basic yet effective poster.
On December 21st Filipino fight fans get a brilliant domestic match up as Al Toyogon takes on Carlo Magali. Whilst neither of these men are going to ever become world champions they should make for an excellent match up together, especially given their styles and limitations. The poster sells on that bout, and makes the of just how big the bout is regionally....though we are wondering why the poster suggests the WBC title will be on the line.
On December 21st we see Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto takes on his biggest test to date, as he battles fast rising English prospect Daniel Dubois. With the show coming just days before Christmas Queensberry Promotions have gone with a wonderful Christmas theme for the poster, along with the two fighters. The only thing missing is a Santa Claus right in the middle! We'll admit we're not really fans of this, it looks just a touch cheesy if we're being honest.
On December 7th we'll see an IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight title fight, as former world champions Ryosuke Iwasa and Marlon Tapales face off in New. The bout has it's own poster featuring the two men, and although not being a great poster it does sell the bout pretty well for such a simple design.
On December 12th we get a brilliant double header under the Diamond Glove banner, with an OPBF title fighter between Hiroaki Teshigawara and Shohei Kawashima and a Japanese title fight between Ryo Segawa and Ryo Hino. The poster for the show sells those two bouts really well and makes the event look bigger than it is. Nothing too original, but it does look sharp and makes you take note. A good, strong, poster.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.