In the middle of April Japanese fight fans will see champions colliding as Japanese Bantamweight and interim Bantamweight champions face off in a really good looking unification bout. The contest with see Yuta Saito take on Hayato Kimura in what is almost certainly going to be a terrific battle. The poster really does it's belt to sell on those two and looks strong, without being spectacular.
At the end of March fight fans in Japan will get a special show to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the E&J Cassius Gym. The card will be headlined by Tsubasa Koura defending the OPBF Minimumweight title and will also feature Rikki Naito, in what is expected to be an exhibition and Mirai Naito. The poster follows the design of many Dangan posters and looks really good.
It's fair to say that late March is set to be pretty packed, with one of the best bouts being an OPBF Super Featherweight title bout, as Hironori Mishiro defends his belt against Takuya Watanabe in the headline bout of Dangan 221. If we're being honest this is the sort of gold stand poster that Dangan do give us. The background, the fighters, the details, the setting. Fantastic poster, and something that makes both event fighters look significant. A really good one and one that matches up to the quality of the fight.
On February 8th we'll see the second of the 2019 Dangan 4 round shows. As with the poster for Vol 1 it's a generic photograph used for the main image with some generic details. It's basic but it works for the level of show it's being used for, which is certainly not a high profile card or one with any big name on it.
In February we see Dangan begin their 4 round shows, with the first taking place on February 6th at the Korakuen Hall. As is typical with these shows the posters are pretty basic photographs with the details of the bouts on the card. It's simple but a tried and tested formula, even if it is a bit generic.
On January 31st fight fans in Tokyo will get a low key Dangan card, focusing on novice fighters. It's nothing big or spectacular but should be a pretty interesting card, with plenty of low key fighters looking to shine. The poster is a very basic one, but one that works, with the image of a fighter walking into the main arena. It's basic but we don't dislike it at all.
We see the 2019 Champion Carnival kick off on January 12th with a double header from the Korakuen Hall. The show will feature a Japanese Minimumweight title bout, between Shin Ono and Norihito Tanaka as well as a Japanese Super Bantamweight bout between Mugicha Nakagawa and Ryoichi Tamura. The poster sells those bouts, as well as a guest appearance from Kohei Kono, in what is a solid poster for the first Dangan card of the new year.
On December 20th fight fans in Japan will get a notable double header from the Korakuen Hall, with a Japanese Light Middleweight title unification bout between Nobuyuki Shindo and Akinori Watanabe, as well as an "interim" Japanese Bantamweight title bout between Hayato Kimura and Seizo Kono, with others on the card including Yusaku Kuga. The poster features all the main fighters and despite not being one of the best Dangan posters of 2018 we do like it.
Near the end of November we get another Dangan card, Dangan 218. The shows theme is Japan Vs Korea and will have 5 bouts between the two countries, featuring some notable fighters from both sides. The card will also feature a female OPBF title fight, with a Erika Hanawa battling Jujeath Nagaowa. The poster sells the Japan Vs China aspect of the show well, and although not being an amazing poster, it does do it's job and is a solid overall.
In mid November we get another stellar Dangan card, headlined by an IBF world title eliminator at Super Flyweight as Ryuichi Funai battles Victor Olivo. As well as that bout there will be two Japanese Youth title bouts and another mouth watering all-Japanese clash. The poster features a host of the fighters on the show. It's a basic but solid poster.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.