This week is an oddly busy one with numerous notable fights. One of those fights is a rematch between Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto and fellow Japanese big man Kotatsu Takehara. The bout will be the headline contest on "Kamikaze 4" the next Kadoebi show and the next Japanese card that really does look incredibly interesting.
The poster doesn't look great though it does feature the two main men in the major part of the poster as well as 4 other fighters from the show. As well as the fighters the card makes you full aware of what the bouts are and what those bouts really mean with the bouts listed, in Japanese, in the middle of the poster. Don't get us wrong this poster is nothing great but it is a suitable poster for what the show will entail.
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi)
One of the interesting things about Japanese boxing is that many notable shows are co-feature shows often with 2 or even 3 major bouts. The next of these is on July 28th when Kadoebi put on a show with 2 Japanese title fights.
The first of the title fights is a hugely interesting bout between the unbeaten Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada and the exciting Shamgar Koichi. That bout will be Okada's first title defence since winning the belt earlier this year.
Following the Okada bout fans will then get the chance to see Suyon Takayama defending his Japanese Welterweight title against Koshinmaru Saito in rematch of the fight that saw Takayama winning the title back in December 2012. This bout doesn't look as exciting as the other title bout but it's bout to be hard fought.
As for the poster it features the 4 main attractions with the champions in front of the challengers. It's nothing new but it does work well and makes it look like the challengers are coming after the champions. A clever but simple poster.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
To close out the month of April Japanese fans have a great show to look forward to. The show, "Kamikaze 3" is one of those rare Japanese domestic shows that has fans around the world talking about it due to the very, very interesting main event that pits Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto against former Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida. That fight, for many, is the big selling point and the reason why so many, especially in the US, are so interested in the contest.
As well as the Heavyweight bout there is also a Japanese Lightweight title fight between defending champion Yoshitaka Kato and challenger Yuhei Suzuki.
These two bouts, or rather the 4 fighters from those two bouts, adorn the poster with the Lightweight fighters given the top of the poster whilst the Heavyweight pairing take up the bottom part of the poster with the show details taking up the middle portion of the poster. Although it's not the best poster ever it is a good one and makes the two fighters everyone is talking about the clear the clear visual of the poster. Clever job by the promotional team.
(Courtesy of kadoebi.com)
Although Asia has, over the years, held some memorable Heavyweight contests such as "The Thrilla in Manila" it's fair to say that the division hasn't been one that has really been a staple of the Asian fight scene.
Despite the lack of regular action in the division this Monday sees the first defense of the Japanese Heavyweight title by Kyotaro Fujimoto as he takes on #1 contender Kotatsu Takehara.
The show, put on by Kadoebi appears to be dubbed "Japan's strongest I" and on paper looks to be an excellent 7 fight card.
Despite how great the card is the poster is unfortunately pretty poor and not one we're a fan of, though of course the action in the ring is far more important than the action poster.
In a bit of oddity the upcoming "Kamikaze 2" card from Kadoebihoseki appears to have gotten 2 separate posters (and a banner as well). The poster at the top of this entry shows the 4 Heavyweights who will be in action.
With the main attraction being Kyotaro Fujimoto v Okello Peter for the Japanese Heavyweight title and the chief support being Rio Hidaka v Masataka Takehara we fully understand the top poster.
Below is the second poster which features the other notable fighters from the card including Kenji Kubo, Shuhei Tsuchiya and Tomomi Takano.
Although it's a bit of an oddity We've got to say that we like the idea of having two posters so well done to Kadoebihoseki.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.