On February 23rd in South Korea we'll get a Rookie card as part of the Rookie KO Parade on a KBA card. The poster is a really basic and uninspired one that looks very much like an amateur effort. It's unpolished, and just uninspired.
Every so often a show has a bout that gets over-looked, with the wider card getting more attention than, potentially, the best bout on the show. One example of that is on Thursday when DAZN show an interesting card with an excellent match up between Murodjon Akhmadaliev Vs Daniel Roman. The main poster for the show hard features the two men, but this poster for the bout is much more eye catching, and is genuinely a an interesting and dark one. Excellent work from those involved.
On February 23rd 2020 we'll see the KBF Rookie tournament, "Rookie to Rocky" kick off for it's 2020 edition. The tournament isn't the only rookie tournament in Korea, but it is a notable one and seeing the tournament kick off is always good. Sadly the poster is as generic as they come and very uninspiring.
Earlier this month we spoke about the original poster for Hopeful Fight Vol 33 and we didn't think it was great. Thankfully the team have put out a second poster for it, which looks a lot more coherent. This still isn't a great poster but it does push Masayuki Kuroda as the star of the show. Better than the original poster, but still not great.
On February 8th Mongolian fighter Tugstsogt Nyambayar gets his long awaited world title fight, as he takes on WBC Featherweight champion Gary Allen Russell Jr. Sadly the Showtime poster, or poster type of thing at least, is terrible. It's dull, bland and basic. It keeps in with how PBC Showtime bouts are solid, but it's just uninspired.
We've not had a lot of great posters so far this year but the one for the February 27th Dangan card, Dangan 234, is genuinely brilliant. It sells the show not on the fact it's part of a tournament, held to celebrate 30 years of Hajime No Ippo, but also the OPBF Welterweight title bout on the same show, and the under-card bouts, which feature Shuhei Tsuchiya and Tsuba Koura. A really good poster that fits a lot in and catches the eye. Excellent work.
On February 7th in Ilocos Sur we see a trio of LUZPROBA title fighters on a card that looks low key, but interesting, from Elorde Ilocos Sur Promotions. The poster makes it looks like some kind of festival using a bright background behind images of the fighters. It's certainly not flawless, the images of the fighters are particularly disappointing, but it does catch the eye and looks different enough to like. It's not amazing but certainly a solid effort.
On February 22nd unbeaten action fighter Carl Jammes Martin will take on his toughest test to date, as he battles Renoel Pael for the PBF Bantamweight title. The poster does a good job at selling the bout as something big but doesn't really see the show as a whole, just adding that there would be 11 exciting bouts as well as the main event. They'd have been better off listing the names involved in those bouts to try and add to the hype. This actually works better as a banner than a poster for us and it just looks horribly under-finished as a promotional poster.
On Sunday in India there will be a card live streamed on youtube from Team Roshan. The poster is a very weak one, with too much in the center and poor use of the actual space on it. It makes it seem like it would be a better banner than poster, though it does have plenty of details, including where the show is and where to stream it. A workable effort, but could have been much, much better,
On February 1st in the Philippines Elorde International Production will put on their next show, and it's one littered with interesting fighters. The main event will see Roldan Aldea defending the PBF Lightweight title against veteran Monico Laurente whilst the co-feature is a brilliant match up between Carlo Penalosa and Alphoe Dagayloan for the vacant PBF Flyweight title. The bout tries to sell both of those bouts but due to the large text in the middle it looks a bit of a mess, sadly. Given the match ups we would have hoped for a much more polished effort here.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.