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.
To end the month of October Chie Higano will face Yumi Narita in a bout for the Japanese female Minimumweight title. The poster for the card features Higano and Narita on it, but the reality is that it's a very poor poster and one that doesn't really excite us. It looks like it could be a good book cover, but not such a boxing poster. Strangely the card, which is a Dangan card, doesn't appear to have a set number of subtitle, which is odd for Dangan cards.
Fans in Tokyo on October 18th will get the chance to see the next in the Dangan 4 rounders series of shows. The poster, like others in the series, is a pretty generic one, but one that does suit the series which doesn't sell on the fighters but the concept. It's easy to feel underwhelmed by these posters, and the cards, but they do tend to provide decent action.
On September 29th we get a stacked Dangan card with two world title fights and a host of other notable fighters in what is, potentially, the best best Dangan card of 2018. The main event will see Yuko Kuroki and Saemi Hanagata battle for the IBF Atomweight title, whilst Tsubasa Koura will defend his OPBF title against Daiki Tomita and fighters like Masamichi Yabuki, Kenya Yamashita and Ryo Takenaka making up the supporting cast. The poster is a busy one, trying to fit everything on it, but it's one that looks great and it's hard to complain about the card, or the poster.
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