This weekend's big show from Macau comes with a vast number of promotional posters, banners, images and the such. We've seen two Thai posters, a Chinese poster, a Filipino poster and an American poster.
The Chinese poster, on the left of the 3 images above, dubs the show "Clash in Cotai II" and from all the posters available it shows the most fighters with 5 men featured on it including local stars Rex Tso and Zou Shiming as well as main event fighters Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri, who clash for the WBO Welterweight. It also features Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez who has since been removed from the show. The details are there and i's poster aimed at the Chinese and Hong Kong market where Tso is a big name. It's an interesting poster but not great and the fact it still has Ramirez is a black mark against it.
The poster in the middle is a Filipino poster dubbing the card "Hungry for Glory" and features Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao by himself. It's a striking poster but one that is certainly aimed towards the Filipino market and no one else.
The final of the 3 posters here us the US poster selling the main event as a PPV fight. It's the sort of poster that US fans will be accustomed to though we can't help to feel it would have been nice to see some of the other men on the show featured on the poster.
(Images courtesy of: hk-magazine.com, http://www.cignal.tv and http://www.boxnews.com.ua)
November 22nd is certainly a busy day this year with two notable Asian shows. The most notable of those comes in Macao where Manny Pacquiao will be attempting to defend the WBO Welterweight title against Chris Algieri and whilst the main event is very exciting the undercard is also notable with two very interesting bouts. One of those is a Flyweight bout featuring the unbeaten pairing of Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym and Zou Shiming whilst the other is a WBO Featherweight title bout between mandatory challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and current champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
This poster from Onesongchai features both of those bouts on it advertising the fights involving the Thai pair and completely ignoring the main event. It may seem weird but in some ways it is clever from Onesongchai who seemed to know they will need some domestic promotional imagery. That's not to say it's a great poster but it's certainly not the worst that we've seen.
Due to the fact there are so many posters for this show we've only included the two Thai ones here.
(Images courtesy of the folks at the brilliant Thairec.com)
We are well aware that Top Rank's "Macau cards" split opinion like almost no other cards done by a major American promoter. Whilst some view them as a distraction to the usual US TV schedule we love them and we love the fact that Boxnation tend to carry them allowing British fans a chance to see some of the lesser known names from Asia.
The latest addition to the the Macau shows "Ring of Gold" a show that features not only Chinese Olympic gold medal winner Zou Shiming but also Japanese champion Ryota Murata and Russian Egor Mekhontsev as well as 3 title bouts.
The Olympians are the big selling point here.
Whilst Shiming may be much derided by boxing fans he could well act as the man to awaken Chinese boxing and lets be honest, if that happens then the talent and money in the sport could grow at a never before seen rate. For Mekhontsev the talented is clear and the guy has the ability to be rushed to a world title. The most interesting however is Murata who some already view as a superstar in the making and he may well have the potential to ignite cross-continental promoting like no other fighter.
Whilst we cant help but be excited about the 3 Olympic champions we've also got to say that the IBF Lightweight title fight between Miguel Vazquez and Denis Shafikov looks like a great clash of styles with pure boxer fighting against strong pressure fighter and the co-feature between Akifumi Shimoda and Marvin Sonsona is a brilliant match up.
The shows may not be hugely popular but this card just looks brilliant. As for the the poster however it's rather simple at first glance but actually rather deep. It features the 3 Olympic champions in the forefront which is clear but in the background are the national flags of several fighters involved on the show, a cleaver touch and something that is likely to be missed by some at first glance
As well as the traditional poster Toprank have also released this banner which adds the poster to an extra segment showing some of the other fighters on the card. A nice little bonus to the poster even if it does take away from the 3 Olympic champions.
It's fair to say that whilst this weekend is choc-a-block with boxing action around the world only one bout will really be getting global attention. Manny Pacquiao v Brandon Rios. It may only be for the WBO International Welterweight title, but it's still a bout so big that it's got almost everyone in boxing talking. It's one of those special bouts.
The poster put out by Top Rank might not be "special" but it's got a very intense look about it that seems to yell "explosive" and that's exactly what we're expecting from the contest. Pacquiao is, well, Pacquiao. A Filipino buzzsaw, who this time enters the ring with many doubting he'll ever be the fighter he once was.
Rios, whilst not a global boxing star like Pacquiao, is a must watch fighter who lacks a great defense though makes up for it with heart and a warrior spirit. This should be special.
Amazingly the Pacquiao-Rios show doesn't just have a special main event but it also has a special co-feature, one that has had it's own poster developed as Billy Dib seeks revenge over Russian Evgeny Gradovich. This IBF Featherweight title bout has some how gotten an under-card poster thanks to Body Punch Boxing Gym.
As well as the two posters from the official promoters we've also come across this one which is a slight twist on the Top Rank one. This one appears to see the colour changed slightly to make things more intense looking and the official title of the show also put it. Of the three available we actually like this one the most
Bob Arum's "Top Rank Promotions" returns to Macau on July 27th for "Fists of Gold II". The card features the second professional contest of 2-time Olympic gold medal winner Zou Shiming, a man Arum seems to see as a potential cash cow in terms of the Chinese market.
As well as the Shiming bout the card features 8 other fights including a contest for Rex Tso (who shares the poster with Shiming) and 2 world title bouts (Evgeny Gradovich v Mauricio Javier Munoz for the IBF Featherweight title and Juan Francisco Estrada v Milan Melindo for the WBO and WBA super title at Flyweight).
Whilst the poster isn't highly impressive the card it's self is and will be well worth tuning in for.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.