It's rare for Thursday's to have big bouts but this Thursday sees the 4th professional contest of rising star Ryota Murata (4-0, 4). Murata is a real star in Japan and although he's still some way from having a world title fight his bouts are big news.
Despite just being a professional novice Murata is headlining shows and being relied on as the sole selling point in the show's poster, as you can see here courtesy of ticket.pia.jp, the website that are selling tickets for Murata's bout with Jesus Angel Nerio.
Although the poster is far from a bright one or even eye catching it is brooding dark effort that looks effective but simple. We won't say it's great but it's certainly a solid effort and one that attempts to prove just how high the profile of Murata really is. To call him a national star is genuinely selling him short and the folks behind the poster here seem full aware of that.
Brooding but simple and effective
(Courtesy of http://ticket.pia.jp/)
It seems that since we first started doing this part of the website more and more shows have been having multiple posters designed. By now we're starting to think that a fight isn't big unless it has more than 1 poster created for it.
The next show with 2 posters is the upcoming "Diamond Glove Special". The first poster features the 3 highlight fights which see Akira Yaegashi fighting Edgar Sosa, Naoya Inoue fighting Jerson Mancio and Ryota Murata fighting Dave Peterson are featured on the poster above.
In terms of the poster it's one that is clearly showing the Japanese fighters and the flag. It's, lets be honest, a Japanese poster to highlight the top 3 Japanese fighters on the show. All 3 fight fight foreign fighters and all three are hoping that a victory can see them progressing on to bigger and better fights
Whilst we all understand the logic behind putting the three main fights on a poster what is a little more surprisingly is that the debuting Takuma Inoue, the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, gets his own poster.
We've got to admit we find this one pretty interesting. It's obvious that Ohashi gym are hyping up their fighter and with good reason but still it seems odd to give a debutant a whole poster just for themselves. Then again if Takuma is as good as hyped he'll be fronting a lot more posters before his career is over.
As well as the two posters which are actually being used, there was also this original poster type thing that Ohashi gym put out. This just features the three Oashi fighters, Akira Yaegashi, Naoya Inoue and Takuma Inoue as well as the pricing, and the fights of of Naoya and Yaegashi.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.