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.
On September 4th fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see a trio of B class tournament finals, including the genuine brilliant match up between Seiya Tsutsumi and Junpei Inamoto. The poster features all the men in the final bouts, and continues the typical Dangan style for these sorts of shows. It's a basic poster design, but one that we like, a lot.
On September 2nd Honda boxing, in association with Dangan, hold a special 50th anniversary show in The main event of the card will see Japanese Youth Welterweight champion Kudura Kaneko fighting in a none title bout against Filipino fighter Joel Dela Cruz. The poster makes Kaneko look like a star, and the poster it's self sells hard on the Honda Boxing gym. It's not an amazing poster, but certainly has a solid appeal. A good, solid poster.
On August 24th Japanese fight fans in Tokyo will get a Japanese double header, with Shin Ono defending the Japanese Minimumweight title against Riku Kano and Akinori Watanabe trading blows with Ryosuke Maruki for the Japanese interim Light Middleweight title. The poster for the bout sells on the double main event aspect of the card, and also helps bring some attention to some of the under-card bouts, with 4 under-card fighters also on the poster. It's a simple poster, but really sells the shows strengths well.
On July 27th we get one of the most anticipated Japanese domestic bouts of the year, as Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaku Kuga defends his title against Shingo Wake. As well as the main event the card is pretty stacked, and has interesting under-card bouts like Takuya Kogawa battling Yusuke Sakashita, Masaaki Serie taking on Daisuke Sugita and Daiki Tomita against Kai Ishizawa. The main event is the focus of the poster and we really like it. This is a fight poster and half and really does look like we're going to be watching something special. Great job on this one guys!
On July 26th fans at the Korakuen Hall get the next in the 4 round Dangan cards. The card, like almost all of these, features a pretty generic design, with the image from a single fight, and a lot of info in Japanese. The poster certainly isn't going to massively sell the show, but on the other hand it's a small, cheap and very low key card.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.