On December 31st we'll have 7 world title fights in Japan, we will also have several other bouts of note, including a brilliant OPBF/WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title unification bout between Masayuki Ito and Takuya Watanabe. The bout, which will be featured on Boxingraise.com, has it's own poster and it's an exciting poster that does well to tell the bout, which we really are excited about. The two fighters are on the poster, with their belts, and the poster doesn't do anything but sell the bout.
December 31st is always a date to mark in your calendar if you're a boxing fan and this year is possibly the most notable yet with major shows taking place across a number of major Japanese cities. One of those takes place in Kyoto where we get a world title double header, featuring Kazuto Ioka defending his WBA Flyweight title and Jonathan Guzman defending the IBF Super Bantamweight title. Originally the show was planned a world title triple header, with Yukinori Oguni challenging Guzman and Shohei Omori challenging IBF Bantamweight champion Lee Haskins and although Haskins was pulled out of that bout with Omori the card is still an attractive one. On the poster are the 3 key Japanese fighters for the card, Oguni, Omori and Ioka in what looks like a solid poster, though not the most exciting.
The end of year bouts in Japan this year aren't some of the best we've seen but they aren't all stacked in the way of the home fighter, in fact one that looks like a mismatch against the local sees Yukinori Oguni take on the monstrously hard hitting Jonathan Guzman in a bout for the IBF Super Bantamweight title, a title that Guzman won in Japan earlier this year. The poster sees Oguni with the Japanese and OPBF titles along with Guzman, who strangely appears title-less. It's a big bout and a simple poster, but one that does well in trying to sell Oguni as a credible challenger.
The 2016 end of year action in Japan is hectic with 5 world title bouts taking place in the country. One of the biggest names in action during the day is Kazuto Ioka who defends his WBA Flyweight title against Stamp Kiatniwat. The bout isn't the only major bout on the show but it does have it's own poster, featuring only Ioka's image. The simple design of the poster makes it seem almost like a book cover but it works here with the poster definately making the most of Ioka's star power.
On December 31st Japan fans across the country get a choice of shows to watch, with one of the most notable being the TV Tokyo shown "The Best of Best Time for Payback", a card promoted by Watanabe Promotions. The main event of the card will be a rematch between Takashi Uchiyama and Jezreel Corrales, with the bout seeing Uchiyama looking to avenge his sole career loss. In the co-feature we get Uchiyama's stable mate Ryoichi Taguchi defending his title against the unbeaten Carlos Canizales whilst a brilliant third bout will see Masayuki Ito take on Takuya Watanabe, in what could be a late contender for the Japanese FOTY.
On New Year's Eve fight fans around the world will get the chance to see prodigous Japanese talent Kosei Tanaka battle Moises Fuentes for the WBO Light Flyweight title. The bout, which is being streamed live by broadcaster CBC, has a simple poster dedicated almost entirely to Tanaka and although it's a simple poster it's one that works well for the show, selling on the star man and his attempt to become a 2-weight champion.
On December 30th fight fans have a real treat as Ohashi put on their next huge show, in conjunction with Fuji TV. The show is headlined by a brillian match up between Naoya Inoue and Kohei Kono whilst the undercard features the likesof IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi, Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata, Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu and the returning prospect Ryo Matsumoto. The poster features all those notable fighters and does well in selling the show, even if it does really sell it's self.
On December 24th Japanese fight fans will get the chance to a pre-Christmas presetn with Hachioji Nakaya Promotions putting on an intriguing show at the Korakuen Hall. The main event of the card will see Makoto Fuchigami battle Tomohiro Ebisu but the card also features other notable fighters such as Ryo Akaho and Motoki Sasaki. The poster plays on a Christmas theme and is a really interesting and unique poster, one that we really like.
This coming Friday fight fans in China will get a chance to see a WBA Super Bantamweight world title bout as reigning champion Nehomar Cermeno looks to make the second defense of his title, and takes on local favourite Qiu Xiao Jun, in their second bout this year. The poster is a relatively simple one but one that features a lot of the notable fighters and clearly advertises the main event. It's nothing too original but it's a tried and tested formula that we know works.
Later today Filipino fans will get the next in the Elorde "Night of Champions" series. The card features just a single title bout, a contest between Allan Vallespin and Warren Mambuanag, along with two regional eliminators. The poster isn't the most snazzy but it is full of information and has a clear design, a solid poster even if it's nothing special
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.