On September 25th fight fans in Tokyo will be able to see former world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi begin his life as a Light Flyweight, as he takes on Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa The card also features an OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title defense from Kyotaro Fujimoto. The poster features those 3 men along with a lot of text in what looks more like a magazine cover than a boxing poster. We do like it, but we really do wonder if the design is too much of a cover and not enough of a poster.
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 March 27th we'll get the chance to see a Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight, as Yusaku Kuga defends his title against Ryo Kosaka. The Poster for the card sells not only the fights on the show, but also on the fact that Takashi Uchiyama and Hisashi Amagasa will be involved in the card in some way. The post sells heavily on Kuga, making him look like a star, and is pretty good at selling him, more than the show. In this case however we like the design and it works well in catching the eye.
On October 20th Japanese fans get the next show form the Guts Fighting series of shows. The card is headlined by former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa, facing off against Carlo Demecillo but features other notable fighters, including Tomomi Takano. The poster is a simple on but one full of information with details regarding the card being clearly visible, and readable for those who can read Japanese. It's simple but sells well on the star power of Amagasa.
This coming Monday Japanese fans get the chance to see two of the prettiest female boxers in the country take part in fights, in what are the two most high profile contests of the show. The main event sees Yuko Kuroki defending her WBC female title whilst in a support bout fans will see Tomomi Takano take part in an exhibition bout. The poster does focus on the two female fighters and it seems clear that they are the draw, though the poster also features the undercard fighters, including the all action Kenya Yamashita.
On February 17th Japanese fans get the chance to see the highly regarded Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake return to the ring in what is expected to be a tune up bout, against Waldo Sabu, before a world title bout in the summer. The bout has had two posters created for it, one with just Wake featured on it, and another with the under-card featured on the bottom. Both of them make it clear the shows about Wake but that was always to be expected.
On November 11th Japanese fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see a pair of female world title bouts. The bouts aren't huge but are interesting. One of those, the one predominantly on the left poster, is a WBO female 105lb title fight and feature Kumiko Seeser Ikehara defending her title against Momoko Kanda whilst the other bout, feature dmainly on the right poster, sees Tomomi Takano challenging WBO female Super Flyweight champion Daniela Romina Bermudez.
Of the two promotional images it's clear the poster of the right is a much better one and features not only the two main bouts but also a supporting bout with Hisashi Amagasa given some space on the poster.
The next Kyoei promoted show comes this coming Wednesday and it looks to be a very interesting one with several notable fighters in action and one or two notable match ups. The main bout is an OPBF Featherweight that will see Hisashi Amagasa defending his belt against fellow Japanese fighter Ryo Takenaka whilst others on the show will include Tomomi Takano, pictured with a snake, and her stablemates such as the unbeaten Kazumi Sanpei and Mikihito Seto.
The poster it's self is a funny one. We love the the red and blue colours of the background and even the yellow tinted picture of Amagasa, though we've got to say the inset pictures look out of place due to their individual colour schemes. If they people behind the poster had thought about it they could kept the red and blue back ground for all the inset images, that would have given the poster a lot more coherency to the rest of the poster.
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This coming Tuesday sees title action returning to the Korakuen Hall for a second successive day as Kyoei Gym put on a very interesting show.
The main event sees OPBF Featherweight champion Hisashi Amagasa defending his title against the challenge of Thailand's Maxsaisai Sithsaithong. In regards to the poster the biggest image is that of Amagasa who takes up a big chunk of the poster with his yellow tinted image.
As well as the Amagasa bout there is a further 6 bouts on the show, all of which are mentioned at the bottom of the poster with each of those bouts having a fighter shown along side their match up. The most recognisable of these fighters is Tomomi Takano who will be fighting Kai Johnson in the most significant fight of her career.
In regards to the poster it's certainly got a "different" look to it compared to many other contemporary posters. That's not to say it's great but it's certainly an interesting one and we like the idea of getting more than just the main event fighter on the poster. Sure the small inset pictures aren't great but they beat just having the main attraction, especially when the main fighter is given a peculiar tint as we see here..
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