On December 2nd in Tokyo we get the next Ohashi promoted Phoenix Battle show, headlined by Koki Inoue battling against Jheritz Chavez for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. The poster is dominated by Inoue, with Chavez taking a small place on the card. The supporting fighters, including former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto and Taku Kuwahara, have been given even less attention. Despite how Inoue focused it is, we actually quite like this, and it does sell clearly on it's strengths.
On September 17th the Ohashi gym will host their next card, in the Phoenix Battle series. The show isn't the strongest but it is a really good show, and a showcase for some of the bright prospects in the gym, including Katsuya Yasuda and Taku Kuwahara, as well as the next outing for the always fun to watch Tsuyoshi Tameda. Those 3 men, along with the hard hitting Teru Kiyota, are all on the poster in what is a simple, but straight forward design showing the Ohashi talent.
On July 1st we'll see the next Ohashi promoted card under their Phoenix Battle banner. The card will be headlined by Koki Inoue defending the Japanese title against Ryuji Ikeda the card is also set to feature a host of notable youngsters, including Taku Kuwahara, Tsuyoshi Tameda and Katsuya Yasuda. The poster is a simple one, but foes make Inoue look like a star. It's but works.
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.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.