On December 7th in Kanagawa we get the next "Hopeful Fight" show from Nitta Gym. It's certainly not a huge card but does feature some notable fighters, including Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi, as well as domestic Lightweight hopeful Yui Oikawa. The poster is a rather packed on but does sell the main event and the connection the gym has with Vietnam, something that's notable here with several Vietnamese fighters on the show.
On August 9th we get the next Nitta Gym promoted Hopeful Fight card. Sadly the poster for the show is a bit of a mess, with the promoters trying to fit too much on it. The show isn't a big profile one, so we understand trying to fit lots of fighters on it, but it just looks messy and overly complicated, sadly.
On May 13th Masayuki Kuroda takes on IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane in a mouth watering match up. We like this poster a lot, though feel their way of fitting Mthalane in was awful. If you remove the image of Mthlane this would look really awesome, but instead it seems like they added him at the last moment. Still good, but a bit disappointing looking at what they had tried to do.
On November 7th Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see the next Hopeful Fight show, which will be headlined by a Japanese Middleweight title eliminator, as former champion Hikaru Nishida takes on 2017 Middleweight Rookie of the Year Shuji Kato. The poster feature both men in key positions, as well as touted prospect Takuma Takahashi, who is in the bottom right corner. It's not a great poster looking at it, with far too much text, but it does try selling hard on the main event which is always a good thing.
On July 23rd fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Japanese Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda defending his title against Akinori Hoshino, and will also be able to see OPBF female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi defending her belt against Wakako Fujiwara. The poster features those 4 fighters in the maid body and it looks like an exciting poster, though we're unsure about the smaller inset pictures towards the bottom of the poster.
On March 3rd fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get an absolute treat, with a Japanese title double header. One of those bouts will put Japanese Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda agaisnt Katsunori Nagamine whilst the other is an amazing match up between Hikaru Nishida and Kazuto Takesako. The card is expected to be something special though we do feel the poster is a little bit too plain and doesn't do enough to sell the two fantastic main bouts.
On September 22nd Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Japanese Middleweight champion Hikaru Nishida in action, albeit against a limited Thai foe as his original opponent had to pull out of the bout due to illness. Theposter is a very similar one, with Nishida the key figure in it, and it's a bit too simple and too spaced out for our liking.
To begin May we see a the next Kawasaki Nitta show, Hopeful Fight 25. The main event of the card is a Japanese Middleweight title unification bout, boetween Hikaru Nishida and Tomohiro Ebisu, whilst the under-card will feature a notable Vietnamese hopeful. The poster is clear, but a bit too simple sadly.
To begin February Kawasaki Nitta put on their first show of the year, with the headline bout on the card being a contest between Akira Ono and Hideki Suzuki. The card isn't a big one but will feature guests in the form of Hikaru Nishida and Masayuki Kuroda, who both have big fights coming up, with both men features on the poster along with all the fighters. The poster is a simple one but one that works to increase interest in the show. A decent effort, but nothing more than decent.
This coming week is a busy one for Japanese fight fans with a number of notable shows across the coming days. One of those shows is Hopeful Fight Vol 23, a show that features two title bouts. One of those title bouts will see Hikaru Nishida face off with Makoto Fuchigami, for the Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight titles, whilst the other will see Takuya Watanabe trade blows with Amin Sor Wangmoo for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Unsurprisingly the show is selling on the WBO regional titles but the poster also features a lot of information and is a visually busy poster. A good effort by the folks involve at the Nitta gym.
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