Over the weekend we posted an image of a poster being used for Dangan 231 and Guts Fighting, and it was a design we really didn't think much of. This is an alternativeposter used for the show, featuring the two men in the main event, Hironori Mishiro and Yoshimitsu Kimura, as well as the fighters in the main support bout, Yudai Shigeoka and Lito Dante, as well as former world champion Ryoichi Taguchi, who will be having his retirement ceremony on this event.
We are used to posters being a bit all over there with some great designs, some awful designs, and a wide variety of things in between. However we believe this is the first time we've seen a poster for a fight look more like it was the cover of a guy porn magazine than a fight show. The bout is brilliant, the show is brilliant on paper, but the poster is dreadful and we can't see any logical reason why Hironori Mishiro and Yoshimitsu Kimura appear to be naked on this poster. A very, very odd idea, and one that seems to have over shadowed a great match up.
On November 19th we'll see a special Dangan card to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hajime No Ippo. The poster features the main character from the manga, Makunouchi Ippo, as well as images of the 6 fighters involved in the tournament bouts on the show. The poster looks more like a magazine cover than a boxing poster, but in reality we struggle to complain here, as the selling point is Ippo, we're just lucky that the the 3 tournament bouts we're getting are interesting in their own rights.
At the end of October we get another of the Dangan all 4 round shows. As with the other 3 the card isn't a particularly notable one, but is again a show that promises a lot of low level, low key exciting action. The poster lists the bouts and uses a a rather generic boxing image. It gives off a clear feeling of a boxing show without a star, and that's fine when it comes to a show like this.
On November 9th we see the wonderful God's Left Tournament resurface as we get the semi final bouts, on what is a genuinely stacked card. The show not only features the return of Tsubasa Koura, following his OPBF title loss earlier this year but also a Japanese title eliminator, between former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto and Takuya Watanabe, and both of the God's Left tournament semi-final bouts, pitting Seiya Tsutsumi and Kenya Yamashita in one of them and Jin Minamide against Kuzuki Nakajima in the other. The poster makes the show look big and it's a good poster, for a very good show.
In July we shared the originally released Dangan 227 poster, which selling the show hard on a WBO Asia Pacific title bout between Tsubasa Murachi and Froilan Saludar, now we've been sent the overall show poster, which sells the show on the strength of the card. It features not only Murachi but also Kai Ishizawa and Masataka Taniguchi, who battle in a Japanese title eliminator, and Yusaku Kuga and Yosuke Fujihara, who fight in a Japanese title fight. This show poster is eye catching and solid, though in fairness we also liked the original poster for the show.
On August 27th we get a really interesting Dangan card, that lacks the usual number system of a Dangan card, but is very much the quality of a normal Dangan card. The focus of the show is the Japanese Youth title scene and in the top 2 bouts, which are all Japanese Youth title related bouts, we get the chance to see some amazing young fighters. The poster sells the show on those 2 Youth tournament bouts alongside a B class tournament, and whilst the men involved aren't big names this card should be excellent. It's a basic poster design, but a design that has been used well by Dangan in the past.
The Dangan cards are some of the most notable and consistently good cards on the planet and it appears their September 21st show will be another cracker with a frankly amazing main event match up. The bout, actually announced today, will see fast rising novice Tsubasa Murachi battle against former world title challenger Froilan Saludar in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. Whilst the bout is an amazing one the poster is a pretty average one, with the two men and the regional title. It's rather disappointing given the
On July 27th we get a stacked Danagn card, with 4 title fights, including an OPBF title bout between Hironori Mishiro and Ryo Takenaka a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title fight, between Rikito Shiba and Tsuyoshi Sato and a regional title bout between Ginjiro Shigeoka and Clyde Azarcon. The poster is a packed one, but a good one all the same with a lot of recognisable fighters on the show.
On July 23rd we see the God's Left tournament begin in Tokyo, the 7 man Bantamweight knockout tournament is seen as a really exciting competition and will almost certainly put the winner in the mix, immediately, for a national or regional title fight. The tournament kicks off with 6 of the 7 men competing on July 23rd, and they featured on the poster around the tournaments logo. As well as those 6 men we can see images of two of the fighters on the supporting under-card, giving this poster a really good image of what's on offer. A very good poster for an excellent show.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.