On January 13th we get the first title fights in Japan for the year, with two OPBF title bouts in what is a very nice show so early in the year. One of those title bouts will see Carlo Magali defending the OPBF Super Featherweight title against Masatoshi Kotani whilst he other will see Rikki Naito and Jeffrey Arienza battling for the vacant OPBF Light Welterweight title. Not only does the card have those two title bouts but it also features really good looking under-card bouts, like the mouth watering Shuya Masaki Vs Hironori Mishiro contest. The poster for the card takes an interesting looking with two of the main event fighters from the double header aking up the center of the image and 4 of the undercard fighters taking up a smaller inset image. It's an interesting poster for what could be a very memorable show.
The second Japanese card set for 2018 will be the next under the Dynamic Young Fight Boxing banner, and will feature Yuki Beppu, Tatsuya Takahashi and Yuichiro Kasuya. The poster features those three on it, but really doesn't do a lot to sell the actual card, other than describing it as a doublemain event card. We like the men involved but they need to be matched well to make the show worth while, and unfortunately it doesn't look like they are.
To kick off 2018, and boy does that feel weird, we get a Kyoei card featuring Jun Yabuki, Kyosuke Kameda and Joe Blog as Kyoei begin their new serious "Tokyo Fight Club", aka "TFC". The poster for the card is a simple one but one that sells on Vlog's career as a "youtube star". It's a pretty boring poster but a start of a potentially key series of shows from the once formidable Japanese promotional outfit.
To end 2017 Fuji TV are set to put on a bit of a super show. The card has two posters, with this being the alternative poster, dedicated to the under-card, and features Takuma Inoue, Kentaro Masuda, Satoshi Shimizu and Koki Inoue. The poster has the style of a typical Pheonix Boxing card, promoted by Ohashi boxing gym like this card, and is a pretty familar design despite lacking the biggest names rom the card.
To close out what has been a brilliant 2017 fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see a world title triple eader, featuring some amazing bouts such as a Light Flyweight unification contest between WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi and IBF champion Milan Melindo. The poster has a good concept of having the fighters on the poster and a nice clear design, though we do dislike the lack of colour and feelthey could have improved the promotional stuff with some a spot of colour and life.
On December 30th fight fans in Yokohama get one of the final big shows of the year, thanks to Fuji TV and Ohashi Boxing. The show will see Naoya Inoue and Ken Shiro defending their world titles and will also featuring rising contenders Takuma Inoue and Satoshi Shimizu. The poster is a simple design but looks great and sells on the name value of the 4 talented locals. It could be improved, but we do really like this one, and are really excited for the show, which essentially sells it's self.
On December 23rd fight fans in India will get the chance to see local star Vijender Singh defending his WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental titles against Ernest Amuzu. The poster for the card is very simple, but it does work well for the fight and sells the card with a decent amount of information, and clearly pushes Singh as a star.
On December 26th fight fans in Japan get a slightly late Christmas present, as Japanese Minimumweight champion Reiya Konishi defends his title against Kenta Matsui. The rest of the card isn't a very strong one, but there is an interesting Lightweight bout between Masashi Wakita and Naotoshi Nakatani. The poster for the card is is a pretty simple one, and makes the main event pretty clear.
At the Joto Ward Center in Osaka on Christmas eve there will be a pretty interesting card headlined by a bout between Takuya Uehara and Takuya Yamamoto. Strangely the poster appears to only be in black and white, which is pretty disappointing, but the poster does well given that massive issue. It has details on it, a bout list and helsp to sell Uehara really well.
On Christmas Eve fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see the next Osaka Teiekn card. The show isn't a huge one, but does feature a number of notable names, including Juiki Tatsuyoshi, Hiroshige Osawa and Shohei Kawashima, and should feature at least one Christmas cracker to move us on to the big day.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.