On March 3rd we'll see WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart make his next defense as he takes on Japanese challenger Norihito Tanaka. The bout has a very basic poster, but it's effective for what it is, selling the men and their nationalities, as we get another chapter in the long and storied of the Thailand Vs Japan rivalry. Nothing special, but it works.
On March 14th we see another Dangan affiliated card, as they work with Flash Akabane for the 93rd show in the Overheat Boxers Night series. The poster has a rather classy and elegant look to it, with a simple looking poster, almost like that of a music festival or something, listing the undercard acts but focusing on the main event. This a simply design, but one that clearly works. Although not being anything original or bright we like this on.
To begin March we see TL Boxing Promotions kick off their year with their first show of 2020 and their first show since securing a recent deal with Thairath. The card they begin the year with will see a double header as Dennapa Kianiwat, now fighting as Dennapa Trabaihor, takes on Jeny Boy Buca for the WBA Asia Flyweight title and Jomvo Korsaklamphun battling Adrian Lerasan for the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title. The poster is simple but effective. It's just a shame the TV channel, "Thairath TV" is the same damn colour as the background! Very bizarre issue.
In early March Filipino fighter Presco Carcosia gets his biggest bout to date, as he takes on Australian Jai Alexander for the IBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title at Kings of Kombat 26. The bout's poster, like many for Australian shows, is very basic, but it works for what it is is. We would, obviously, prefer a less basic design, but this is tried and tested and works, even if it is a little on the bland side.
On March 8th in in South Africa we'll see Filipino fighter Chris Paulino challenge local fighter Yanga Sigqibo for Sigqibo's WBO Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title. The poster is incredibly simple and basic, but very much sells the bout, in simple but effective design.
On March 17th we'll see an attractive looking card from the Korakuen Hall featuring a Japanese and OPBF Minimumweight title fight between Masataka Taniguchi and Lito Dante. The card will also feature a WBO Atomweight title bout, between Mika Iwakawa and Nanae Suzuki as well as under-card featuring Suzumi Takayama and Yudai Shigeoka. The poster for the show looks like a simplistic, minimalist throw-back poster. Simple but effective work here.
On April 25th fight fans in Papua New Guinea will see local star Junior Raka take on Filipino Roldan Aldea. Sadly the poster for this is as half assed as it comes. It features the two men and almost no to catch the eye. A very weak effort.
On April 26th fight fans in Gifu get the chance to see their next show. Although not a huge one it does feature some genuinely solid fighters, such as Ruito Saeki and Mammoth Kazunori. Although certainly not a hue show it is a solid one in a part of Japan that doesn't get many shows. We like the poster for this, selling the show hard on the main event, and doing enough to highlight some of the under-card fighters.
On April 25th we'll see one of the years most anticipated bouts of 2020, as Naoya Inoue, the WBA and IBF Bantamweight champion, clashes with WBO champion Johnriel Casimero in Las Vegas. The poster for the bout is weird, we really like it, and it does give an ominous "the monster is coming" vibe, but it also does massively over-look Casimero's part in the fight, making him part in the bout almost look like a bit part, with no image of the Filipino and just his name on there. A good design, but maybe not for a fight poster.
On February 29th we get the next show from SANMAN, a show dubbed "redemption". The card isn't a huge one in terms of match ups but does have an interesting trio involved in the form of Joey Canoy, Romero Duno and Aston Palicte, who all lost last time out. The poster is simple and focuses on those 3 men, and despite being simple it is effective.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.