On April 17th we get the next card from Cocky Buffalo, and sadly it has a poster that leaves a lot to be desired. From an artistic point of view it's... fine, but there's no venue mentioned on the poster, the design is super stretched, there's too much space and the poster just looks awkward. It's a really poor effort if we're being honest, despite having a somewhat professional look to it.
On April 24th Okinawa gets one of, if not it's, biggest show of 2021 as Daigo Higa defends the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title against Ryosuke Nishida, at the local Convention Center. The poster looks like a very, very basic one, but highlights how big the main event is. From the entire show only 2 under-card fighters are even show on the poster. In some cases we want to see more of the under-card, but here it's clear Higa is the star attraction and the poster has done well in highlighting him and his match up. A solid poster for the show at hand.
On April 18th we'll get the next show from ARQ Boxing Promotions, "Engkwentro Uno Sa Alcantara". Sadly the promotional image for the show, which is headlined by April Jay Abne taking on Roydell Loyd Borbon is so damn poor! The match up is a good one, given Abne's long absence from the ring, but the poster is so underwhelming. The simple design simply doesn't work and the text on top of the ARQ logo in the middle is an eye sore. We like the logo, seriously like it, but this poster doesn't really work. Fingers crossed they make a few changes, tweak things next time, and we get something a bit better for their next show.
On April 14th we'll see the long awaited WBC International title bout between once beaten Indonesian Tibo Monabesa and former world title challenger Toto Landero. The bout is a genuinely interesting one, but has, sadly, had to be delayed twice due to issues in Indonesia. As a result of those delays the poster for the bout has the wrong date on it. Sadly the wrong date isn't the main issue with the poster. Instead the issue is that it's just a bit boring and dull. There's nothing there to really catch the eye, and sell what a genuinely great match up this is. A shame as the bout deserved better.
On May 6th we'll get the 600th show in the Dynamic Glove series of shows, and it's a good one, with a massive Welterweight unification bout between Ryota Toyoshima and Yuki Beppu in the main event. The poster really does a great job in selling that main event as something massive, and as something special. As well as the fighters and the details of the unification the team behind the poster also want to make the fact this is the 600th Dynamic Glove show feel big and special. As an overall poster it's brilliant and one of the best Japanese posters we've had this year. A genuinely good one!
On April 27th we'll see the next show in the A Sign Bee series of shows. The card, if we're being totally honest, is not a big one. In fact it's certainly among the weaker A Sign Bee shows. It does however have something going for it, and that's a damn good poster! This looks like some of the older posters produced for some of TV Tokyo shows, where we'd get multiple major bouts. It's simple but striking and a design that we genuinely love. A brilliant use of darkness, and striking overall look to it. Well done to the team behind this one.
On April 17th we get the net show from RCC Boxing Promotions. Although not one of the companies biggest shows it does feature some interesting fighters, including the debut of Bek Kamchybekov and also the potential return of Ravshanbek Umurzakov, who is on the poster. Sadly though the poster looks rather weak, with a dull background and fighters who are solid, but not stars. A bit too dull and plain for our liking.
Today we get an event from Tukeshov Boxing, the 10th event in their line of shows. It's a card that is easy to over-look, given it lacks in terms drawing power and big names, though it is great to see the company continuing to grow their own scene in Kazakhstan. Sadly the poster is rather unappealing with a black and white colour scheme that does little to catch the eye or the attention of people seeing it. A weak effort in our eyes.
We get the next show in the "The Fighter" series on April 24th and whilst not a big show it is the next in one of the best series of shows Thailand has been giving us over the last few years. Sadly though this is one of the weaker shows from TL Promotions, who are focusing more on names rather than emerging talent. Despite that we do like the design, it's a simple one, but an effective one, that tells when the bout will be taking place and who will be on it. We do think there is a bit too much space on the poster but it's not an awful image, if we're being totally honest.
On May 13th we get the next big Ohashi show, and it's a brilliant card, headlined by an OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight unification bout between Satoshi Shimizu and Musashi Mori. The poster sells that bout really well whilst also promoting some of the under-card action. We do like the poster, a lot, and it does seem like a big show.
Interestingly the poster does seem to miss out on an easy goal here, given there is a second title bout on the card and it doesn't really get much attention on the poster. There's text regarding that bout, and one of the fighters, but it feels like they could have done a little bit more with it.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.