ESPN5 have been a real god send to fight fans wanting to watch Filipino action and in early May they deliver again with Night of Champions XVII, an Elorde promoted card featuring 5 title bouts, including the excellent match up between Al Toyogon and Ryo Sagawa. Unfortunately whilst the card is solid the poster is really poor. A genuine shame given the quality of the action available.
On May 19th fight fans in Japan will get a world and Japanese title double header, with Reiya Konishi challenging IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado and Kenichi Horikawa defending his Japanese Light Flyweight title. The card is a pretty good one, though hasn't been fully announced, however we do find it weird that Alvarado, the world champion, is completely absent from this official poster.
On May 12th DEF Promotions put on a show in Hong Kong. The card isn't a massive one but does feature a number of notable prospects, including Hong Kong's Raymond Poon KaiChing, Macau's Lap Cheong Cheong, Japan's Ren Sasaki and China's Ge An Ma. The power does well in promoting the main event and whilst it's not a poster which will blow anyone away, it is a solid one.
On May 1st we'll see Dangan 223, a show headlined by a brilliant Japanese Featherweight title fight, between the hard hitting Taiki Minamoto and the highly skilled Reiya Abe. The card features a number of other notable fighters, including Hinata Maruta and Coach Hiroto. The poster for the show is, genuinely, one of our favourites from 2019 with a really sharp design. A really good and eye catching look here.
On April 28th the KBM promote a double Korean title show, which is supported by some international bouts. The card isn't game changing, even by Korean standards, but is worthy of noting. Sadly the poster is relatively uninspired and dull looking. A disappointing poster.
On April 14th, a hectic day, Korean fans will get the chance to see their rising hopeful Jung Kyoung Lee defending his KBF and OPBF Light Middleweight titles against Akinori Watanage. The bout has 2 posters, at the very least, with this one seemingly the preferred design for the bout, and really making both guys look like stars. We're expecting this bout to be a thriller, and we do like the poster they are using here.
On May 26th the Mutoh gym put on an WBO Asia Pacific title double header, with two solid regional title bouts. The poster is a solid one, giving the two main bouts similar attention and making it clear that the show will be a double header. It's nothing too original but is a solid effort.
On May 13th Masayuki Kuroda takes on IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane in a mouth watering match up. We like this poster a lot, though feel their way of fitting Mthalane in was awful. If you remove the image of Mthlane this would look really awesome, but instead it seems like they added him at the last moment. Still good, but a bit disappointing looking at what they had tried to do.
On April 27th Japanese fight fans get the next Shinsei Promoted Real Spirits card. The show will be headlined by young prodigy Kasumi Saeki, who faces Elizabeth Lopez for the WBO female Minimumweight title whilst Etsuko Tada will also be involved in a notable bout. The poster makes Saeki and Tada look like stars and although the poster is certainly not amazing it is pretty solid and does do it's best to push female boxers.
The Ioka gym will be promoting their next card on a packed April 21th. Unlike many Ioka card there isn't a title fight on the show but there are some interesting fighters, with the unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume battling Jayar Estremos and former world title challenger Sho Ishida taking on talented youngster Ikuro Sadatsune. The poster is a simple one, but it is a pretty good, basic one. Nothing amazing, but pretty solidly put together.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.