On April 8th former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi returns to headline a notable Ohashi promoted card at the Korakuen Hall, which also features Andy Hiraoka, Ryo Matsumoto, Seiichi Okada, Sho Nakazawa and Taku Kuwahara. The poster is quite eye catching. It's nothing truly original, but is pretty easy on the eye a fairly decent effort by those involved in designing it.
On December 3rd Ohashi Gym put on their next card, and it is stacked with a number of major fights, including an OPBF Featherweight title bout between Satoshi Shimizu and Takuya Uehara and a fantastic match up between Hinata Maruta and Tsuyoshi Tameda, in what really is a mouth watering clash. The poster focuses heavily on Shimizu, but features the other notable fighters, with several fighters such as Sho Nakazawa also being included in little inset images. A solid poster for a very interesting show.
On September 11th we get the next in the long line of Ohashi promoted Phoenix Battle cards, and it promises to be one of the best shows under the brand in quite some time. The main event of the card will be a WBC Bantamweight world title eliminator between Takuma Inoue and Mark John Yap, in what looks like a genuinely fantastic match up, which the supporting bouts will feature the likes of Ryo Matsumoto's, Andy Hiraoka, Katsuya Yasuda and Taku Kuwahara. The poster feature Inoue and Yap in key positions, in front of the WBC title, whilst Matsumoto and Hiraoka will also be on the poster in what looks like a pretty good design and certainly fits in with the usual Phoenix Battle designs.
On August 17th we'll see the next Ohashi gym card, which will a double main event show. One of the bouts will see former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi taking on former world title challenger Takafumi Mukai whilst the other will see OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu defending his title against Shingo Kawamura. Those 4 men are featured on the poster in what looks like a striking design. It's not amazing, but it does sell the show, and does so on the recognisable faces of Shimizu and Yaegashi, both of whom are very well known in Japanese boxing circles.
On March 26th Japanese promoter Ohashi put on their next show, and it's a pretty stacked one. One of three notable names on the show is Koki Inoue, who is continue his march towards a Japanese or regional title fight, another if former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi, who is looking to become a 4-weight champion at Super Flyweight and the card will be headlined by OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu. The poster features those 3 fighters on the posther, as well as detils of the card in front of a futuristic poster. A really nice, solid and eye catching poster.
On February 28th Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see talented youngster Ryo Matsumoto challenge WBA Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman. The bout will be Matsumoto's first world title fight, whilst Roman will be making his first defense of the title. The poster is a pretty interesting one in that it seems to suggest the result foregone conclusion, only featuring the challenger. In our eyes this would have been better if Roman was on the poster as well as Matsumoto.
On October 2nd Japanese fight fans will see 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu take a huge step up,as he fights Korean foe Sa Myung Noh for the OPBF Featherweight title. For the Korean the bout will serve as his first defense whilst the Japanese fighter will be fighting in his first professional title bouit. The poster for the show is almost entirely built on the challenger, and it's clear that the show is selling not on the champion, but instead on Shimizu, who is the only notable visual on the poster.
Toend August we get the chance to see the next Ohashi show, and it's a stacked on headlined by the return of Takuma Inoue, who faces 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka. The show features a host of Inoue's stablemates including Ryo Matsumoto, Go Onaga, Koki Inoue, Kazuki Nakajima and the debut Katsuya Yasuda. The poster features all those fighters on it and looks like an exciting poster, showing Takuma as a star and listing the bouts. A solid poster that fits well with the Phoenix Battle series.
On March 27th Ohashi gym put on their next card, which is a strong one littered with notable names, such as Ryuji Hara, Hiroki Inoue, Ryo Matsumoto and Andy Hiraoka. The poster features only the Ohashi gym fighters involved on the card, a shame in some ways, but it is a strong poster and one that makes it clear that the Ohashi gym is a strong outfit full of talent.
On October 3rd Japanese fans in Tokyo will get an intriguing IBF Featherweight world title eliminator as Satoshi Hosono battles Jonthan Victor Barros. The two men are featured on the poster, along with the IBF title, and the shows over all details. It's not the most amazing poster but it does sum up the main bout. It's notable that the under-card isn't very strong and as a result it doesn't really get much attention here.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.