Monte Carlo may be the home of the rich and the famous but for this weekend it's also the home of a boxing bonanza due to K2 Promotions, Golden Gloves SA and the Monte Carlo Casino.
Thankfully for us the card looks sensation with several brilliant match ups, most notably Gennady Golovkin v Osumanu Adama in a WBA Middleweight title fight.
Whilst the card is brilliant we'll also admit we quite like the poster. It's not the dimensions we're used to, it's longer and thinner than most, but it's still a solid effort with the full card at the bottom and the two main fighters at the top set in front of the Casino in the background. Sure it's nothing too adventurous but it does it's job and looks effective enough.
Xiong Zhao Zhong v Osvaldo Novoa
Not many boxing posters look like they would make a great DVD cover but the poster for the up coming WBC Minimumweight title fight between Xiong Zhao Zhong and Osvaldo Novoa is certainly on that has the air of a movie around it. We can't decide if it's a haunted castle style movie or a mystery island movie but there is certainly a movie feel to the thing.
Whilst the poster certainly has a film vibe it also has all the details that a fight poster needs to have, It has 10 of the fighters on it, it has when it is, what it is and what channel it is.
Of course we can't understand the Chinese at the bottom of the poster but that just adds the mystery feel of the thing and in all honesty we like it, we like it a lot.
As well as the awesome movie style poster it appears that there has also been this poster released. We'll admit that this one is more explanatory and shows who is fighting who though, with out trying to sound harsh, which actually feel this poster is a much weaker poster given how amazing the other one is.
Of course people will have different opinions to us though it is nice to see 2 different posters for a show that is estimated to be seen by over 1 billion people worldwide!
Vol 82. Freshboy
One of the final Japanese shows of January takes place on Thursday and is an interesting card even if it's not the most exciting on on paper.
The show, which features 26 fighters in total, has 13 bouts all scheduled for 4 rounds. Unfortunately this is a show that sees quantity instead of quality, this is evidenced clearly in the fact that we recognise very, very few of the fighters on the show.
Although the card is certainly not a highly quality one it's one that is very competitively priced with the most expensive tickets costing just 10,000 yen (shy of $100) whilst the cheapest tickets are just 3,000 yen (just over $29). For the amount of fights it's great value even if none of the fighters are big names.
Amnat Ruenroeng v Rocky Fuentes
When we see fights fall apart we rarely get anything exciting to replace them. As British fans know all too well, when a fight falls apart we tend to get Mr TBA stepping in. For Thai fans however it seems they've gotten very lucky and whilst Moruti Mthalane pulled out of a fight with Amnat Ruenroeng they won't have any real complaints with the fact Amnat will now be facing the world ranked, and current OPBF champion, Rocky Fuentes.
We'll admit we were disappointed when Mthalane decided to vacate his title instead of fighting Amnat but we have no issues at all with this bout which looks brilliant on paper and finally gives Fuentes his long awaited world title fight. Folks this is a "replacement" bout that is every bit as interesting as the original contest that Amnat was supposed to be in.
For Fuentes not only is it his first world title bout, but one he'll be ready for having been in training for a fight anyway. This is partially what makes the bout so great, both men were ready for big tests and both men will have to put disappointment behind them in an attempt to claim an IBF world title.
In regards to the poster, which was put together very quickly, it seems to be just a quick edit of the Amnat/Mthalane poster. That'd not a bad thing however with the poster having all the details on it that we need. The date, the channel and the fighters. What we will say however is credit to all those involved, the fighters, the promoters and the IBF. Well done guys!
One of the strangest posters we've come across since starting this site is this one, for Yoshinori Nishizawa's retirement bout.
The main fighter on the poster is of course Mr Nishizawa who is posing with his 3 belts. As well as the belts he also has more than a few wrinkles, that's because he's old. Nishizawa, who started his career way back in 1986 is 48 years old and as such he's wearing his age a bit. Despite his age however he is a popular fighter in both Japan and in Australia, where he's fought much of his career over the last 6 years.
Best known for losing a WBA Super Middleweight title fight to Anthony Mundine and a WBC Super Middleweight title fight to Markus Beyer, both in 2004, Nishizawa is certainly a man who perhaps has been forgotten by the Western world.
The rest of the poster is a bit disappointing really. Whilst Nishizawa is the main attraction the poster does limit the visualisation of the 16 fighters in competitive bouts who are left with very small inset pictures.
"Mexico vs Japon"
Over the past few weeks it seems that we've seen a lot of the Mexico/Philippines rivalry with a number of bouts, and even shows, dedicated to the clashes between two of boxing's biggest and most important nations. On January 25th however the focus changes from Mexico against Philippines to Mexico against Japan for a show dubbed "Mexico Vs Japon".
The show, headlined by a bout between the big hitting Adrian Estrella and Japan's Yuta Matsuda, sees two Mexico/Japan bouts. The biggest, the aforementioned Estrella/Matsuda, is expected to be a mismatch with Estrella likely to have too much power for Matsuda. The second bout, a meeting between former female world champions Tenkai Tsunami and Arely Muncino, looks to be nothing short of enthralling and the type of bout that is slowly making female boxing so big in Latin American.
With titles expected to be on the line for both bouts the card is a real treat for fans in Mexico, where the show will be televised.
As well as the two bouts of note for us, we also need to give credit to the promoters behind the show for having a genuinely excellent poster. It's a poster that shows the two major bouts, shows details about the card and generally looks pretty different. Well done to Promociones Del Pueblo who of course were the promoters who put together a very infamous poster earlier this year, this is a genuine good one.
Horacio Garcia v Fernando Lumacad
This Saturday is a pretty busy one Asian's fighting abroad, in fact there are two Filipino's in title fights in Mexico. Unfortunately neither is truly represented on the posters relating to their fights, though after last weeks poster faux pas it's somewhat understandable.
For the show in Guadalajara, Asian interest will be centered around Filipino fighter Fernando Lumacad who will be looking to claim the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight title. Unfortunately for Lumacad, he'll be the big under-dog against the unbeaten Horacio Garcia and will need to put in a career defining performance to defeat the unbeaten man.
Of course Lumacad has a bit of an up and down career. He's been the distance with both Carlos Cuadras and Hernan Marquez, though was stopped in a round by Felipe Orucuta and in 3 by Jorge Arce. He'll need to be at his best to make Canelo and Golden Boy regret not having his image somewhere on the poster. Unfortunately we don't expect to see Lumacad survive the 12 round distance here against the very promising Garcia.
With the poster not featuring Lumacad's picture we don't really rate the poster, and that's with out even meaning how it sort of looks....wrong, especially in the case of Yazmin Rivas's face which fails to match her neck and body in this picture.
Mexico v Filipinas
A week removed from a poster controversy in a show dubbed "Mexico v Filipinas" it appears the Mexican promoters have learned their lesson and this time a "Mexico v Filipinas" poster is left a lot simipler with only the "name" Mexican fighter actually featured on the poster.
The main fight, which pits the hard hitting David Sanchez (23-2-2, 18) up against Filipino banger Marco Demecillo (19-1-1, 14), has been put together effectively at the last minute afater Sanchez's original foe, Breilor Teran (12-9-1, 5) was forced out of the bout. On paper it's hard to believe that Demecillo is actually replacement opponent and although the call has come late in the day the Filipino should be in great shape given that he has been busy sparring in Japan recently.
The fight, which takes place at the Gimnasio del Estado in Hermosillo, is expected to be televised and promises to be an absolute cracker if you can get the chance to see it. Great fight!
One thing we often hear on forums when it comes to Japanese boxing is that the shows, at least at title level, often double up on titles and to be fair we do tend to get title double headers. The first of 2014 comes on February 10th at "Dangan 93" a show that features both an OPBF title fight and a Japanese national title fight.
The headline bout is the OPBF Super Bantamweight contest between the wonderful talented Shingo Wake and Japanese based Filipino Jovylito Aligarbes/Jovylito Katsumata. Wake, defending his belt for the 3rd time inside a year, will be the clear favourite though Jovylito has won his last 3 bouts in Japan following a stoppage loss to Nobuhiro Hisano last April.
In the chief support bout the unbeaten Rikki Naito will be facing the much more experienced Hiroyasu Matsuzaki in a battle for the vacant Japanese Super Featherweight title. The belt, which was vacated by Daiki Kaneko, prior to Kaneko's world title fight with Takashi Uchiyama, is the 3rd Japanese title fight of the year and looks set to be a genuinely excellent one.
As a poster we like this one. It has the 4 main fighters clearly visible as well as 3 of the undercard fighters, in small inset pictures, it tells us what the show involved and it has a very much "classic" look to it. Excellent over-all work by the Dangan team for this one.
Mexico v Filipinas
It's not often that we get posters from "the west" but this week we get one such rarity as Mexican promoter Promociones Del Pueblo bring us a special night of action with a trio of Mexico/Filipino bouts.
The fights, as you can see on the poster, will see Nery Saguilan, sporting a cool Lucha Libre mask in the poster, fighting Adones Aguelo, Tomas Rojas, a former world champion, fighting Vergel Nebran and Ramon Garcia Hirales, also a former world champion, battling Lionel Mark Duran.
Whilst we're looking forward to this show, which will be televised in Mexico on Televisa Deportes, we are left wondering if the picture of Vergel Nebran is actually Nebran or in fact Milan Melindo. Worryingly Nebran is actually spelled "Nebram" on the poster.
Sadly we don't see any of the Filipinos winning here, though we do wish them all good luck.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.