On September 26th fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see Yasuyuki Akiyama [秋山 泰幸] defending the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Middleweight titles against the hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa [細川チャーリー忍]. Despite the match promising a lot, due to the styles of the two men, and the inclusion of the touted Daisuke Sugita on the card, the poster may well go down as the worst we've ever seen. It's simply dreadful, empty and uninspiring. Really poor effort from those behind the card.
On June 21st fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get the next Kaneko promoted card, headlined by a bout between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa and Hisao Narita. As with many Kaneko posters it's a bit of a basic straight forward one, with no real inspiration in it's design.
On March 13th fight fans at the Korakuen Hall have an OPBF title double header. Fans will be able to see Hidenori Otake defending his OPBF Super Bantamweight title against hard hitting Filipino Brian Lobetania and Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama defending his belt against Jayr Raquinel. The poster shows the two champions and has the typical Golden Child boxing design. We've never been fans of the design but it seems to work to promote shows, even if it does look very weak as promotional art work goes.
On October 13th we'll get the chance to see an interesting OPBF title double header at the Korkuen Hall. Teh card will see Hidenori Otake defending his title against the fast rising Hinata Maruta and Keisuke Nakayama defending his title against Joebert Alvarez. The poster is a very simple one, but nothing too spectacular, which is a shame given how good the show is.
On July 19th Japanese fight fans in Tokyo are in for a treat with two OPBF title fights, as Hidenori Otake defends his title against Kinshiro Usui and Rene Dacquel defends his title against Hayato Kimura, and also the long awaited ring return of former world title contender Shingo Wake. The poster for the show is a pretty standard affair for Kaneko boxing, who do the Golden Child boxing shows. We'll be honest and accept that we don't really like the poster, but the show sells it's self anyway.
On March 17th Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see former world title challenger Hidenori Otake battle Jelbirt Gomera for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title. The bout will be the headline contest from the latest Kaneko promoted "Golden Child Boxing" series. The poster for the show looks like that used for many of the other Golden Child Boxing cards and features Otake on the right with 3 under-card fighters on the left. It's a simple design and works for the show, but it's a shame Gomera isn't featured on the poster.
On November 16th Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see former world title challenger Hidenori Otake continue his career, as he pursues a second world title fight, on Golden Child Boxing Vol 118. The show, promoted by Kaneko boxing, isn't a huge show but does have a pretty nice lookign profile selling mostly on Otake, but also featuring other fighters form the show such as Shusaku Fujinaka. It's simple but it works
On March 16th Japanese fans see the next Kaneko boxing card. The fights may not be the best on paper but they do feature some notable names, including former world title challenger Hidenori Otake. The poster features 4 of the men involved in the show, including Otake, and is a simple poster. It keeps with the theme of other Kaneko posters, but isn't anything special
Later this week Japanese fans get the chance see the next "Golden Child Boxing" show which will be headlined by former Japanese champion Hidenori Otake. The poster centers on Otake but features two of the under-card fighters in what is a basic and relatively simple poster. It does it's job, but nothing more.
It's fair to say that 2014 was one of the most interesting years in the career of Japanese tough guy Hidenori Otake. Firstly he defended the Japanese Super Bantamweight title before later suffering a rib injury and vacating the belt and then getting an unexpected world title shot against Scott Quigg. Although outclassed against Quigg in the world title bout Otake did impress with his toughness and energy.
Now, some 6 months later, Otake returns to the ring for the first time as he headlines Golden Child Boxing Vol 114. Like the other Golden Child posters this is a simple design with the main fighters shown on the poster in front of a basic background. There's nothing complex or smart here but it's simple and effective and will does what it needs to sell the show, including listing the bouts that will take place as well as the ticket priced and details regarding the venue.
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Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.