This coming Monday sees the Ohashi Gym stable of fighters returning to the ring for the next in the long line of the "Phoenix Battle" series. The show, the 49th in series of shows, is headlined by a Japanese Featherweight title fighter between Satoshi Hosono and Gosuke Seki though they are far from the only two fighters of note on the shots. The card also includes the highly touted Super Flyweight prospect Ryo Matsumoto and the OPBF Minimumweight champion Ryuji Hara, though neither of these two are really featured on the poster which is a shame considering that they are emerging names and faces in the sport.
Although many of the bouts are one sided the show is pretty interesting overall, even if it is just so we can see the development of some of Ohashi's "other" top prospects. We'll admit we do think Matsumoto will go a very long if given the right fights to develop as far Hara the jury is out, he's already claimed Japanese and OPBF titles but long term we feel there is a lot to do before he moves on to a world title fight.
Ignoring the fact that the prospects aren't featured on the poster we'll admit we like the poster with the main event fighters and the lion's headwhich gives the feeling of danger. It's not spectacular, and it is flawed, but we still like it.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
When it comes to talking about the best shows of 2014 we think it will be very hard not to be excited about "Ring of Diamonds". The show, put together to celebrate Ohashi Gym's 20th anniversary features the bets of Ohashi's fighters and is sure to go down a genuine storm. The bouts on it include Naoya Inoue's long awaited world title fight as he battles Adrian Hernandez for the WBC Light Flyweight and Akira Yaegashi defending his WBC Flyweight title against Odilon Zaleta.
As for the poster it's actually a clever one and shows off the "diamonds" of the ring. These are Akira Yaegashi (top left), Naoya Inoue (top right), Roman Gonzalez (middle left), Satoshi Hosono (middle right), Ryo Matsumoto (bottom left) and Takuma Inoue (bottom right). With those men you are looking at some of the best emerging fights and two of the very elite current fighters. Brilliant poster and brilliant idea.
Many of our favourite Japanese posters have come from the "Phoenix Battle" series of fights put on by Ohashi Gym. Whilst we do usually like them we've got to admit that "47th Phoenix Battle" has a pretty poor poster in all honesty. Sure the 4 main fighters are featured with Ayaka Miyao, Gretchen Abaniel, Kayoko Ebata and Nancy Franco all clearly visible but the "away fighters", Abaniel and Franco, look like they have been badly added.
Despite not being fans of the poster we do expect the show, headlined by Miyao v Abaniel, to be incredibly good especially for fans of female boxing and November 28th should give us some brilliant action.
Interestingly we appear to have come across a "pre-poster" which merely featured the prices, the date, the main fight and a picture of Miyao.
It seems that Ohashi Gym do these on a regular basis and whilst they aren't as good as good as the actual posters they are still interesting things to come across.
October 21st see's Ohashi Gym putting on their next show, the "46th Phoenix Battle". This show, headlined by Japanese Minimumweight champion Ryuji Hara defending his title against Takashi Kunishige will also feature former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono and the fast rising Ryo Matsumoto amongst others in what looks to be a solid "B" level show.
In a bit of an oddity, we seem to have managed to have gotten the original promotional poster here, that was, once on Ohashi's website. We're not 100% sure how we got this one though we're very proud of the fact we've managed to get both for this show!
The poster above is the Ohashi Gym Poster for Akira Yaegashi's first WBC Flyweight title defense. The bout, schedule for August 12th sees Akira taking on Mexican challenger Oscar Blanquet .
Oddly whilst Akira is featured twice on the poster it appears that Blanquet isn't featured at all, instead the WBC belt takes centre stage.
This is the poster being used by Ohahsi Gym for the up coming "45th Phoenix Battle". It's main even features Ryoichi Taguchi v Naoya Inoue with Taguchi defending the Japanese Light Flyweight title.
Despite being the challenger Inoue has clearly taken the lead billing in the poster.
As the poster says this will be taking place on August 25th.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.