It's fair to say that March 13th is a date to circle on your calendar if you're a boxing fan, as DAZN give us great shows on both ends of the day. The first of those is from Thailand where Srisaket Sor Rungvisai takes on on Kwanthai Sithmorseng in what is a tune up bout for the former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion. The bout has a number of posters, with two of those coming under the "WP Boxing" banner, one in Thai and one in English. There is also this image being used as a promotional image by DAZN. This is, by far, the least interesting of the posters. It's monotone, dull and very boring, if we're being honest, but it's nice to see some effort being made, albeit very little effort, being made to try and attract Western viewers to a bout from Thailand.
Yesterday WP Boxing announced their next show, set for March 13th, and released a poster in Thai (WP Boxing (March 13th 2021)) one thing we forgot to share at the time was the fact they had also released a poster in English for the international fans wanting to know more about the event. The poster is pretty much the same as the Thai poster, just with the Thai text replaced by English text. A simple change, but one that shows an awareness of the wider market the show is appealing to.
On February 20th fight fans in Binan City, Laguna, in the Philippines will get the next show from Elorde International Productions. The show is a title double header and features two very interesting all-Filipino bouts, with Vic Saludar clashing with Robert Paradero in the main event event and a chief support that'll see Alphoe Dagayloan take on Bienvenido Ligas.
The poster is a pretty standard one, but does when, where and who will be involved. Though we are curious as to whether the show will really take place from 8am to 11PM....
On March 13th we'll see Ring Magazine and WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi make his US debut as he defends his titles against Axel Aragon Vega. Sadly the stand alone DAZN poster for this bout is a pretty dull. It features the two men, their names and the DAZN logo all in black and white. We know it's to focus on the DAZN identity, which is black and white, but it does look a bit dull as a result. Where's some colour guys?
Earlier today saw the announcement of an April 28thh card set to take place in Japan as a joint promotion between Kadoebi, and their Slugfest banner, and Dangan. Although the full show wasn't announced the main event was, and a poster image was also released. The main event will see former IBF world champion Yukinori Oguni take on Shingo Wake, a in a rematch of a 2013 bout between the two men. The really sells on the two fighters in a basic, but striking and clear design. Nothing too amazing from an artistic point of view, but this just works. It's very simple, but very effective.
In mid-March we get the return of the WP Boxing series, and it's return to the DAZN platform, with what is a bumper card. It features not only Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, in a tune up bout against Kwanthai Siithmorseng, but also interesting bouts involving young regional champions Chainoi Worawut and Phongsaphon Panyakum, who will both be clashing with notable veterans. The poster for the event is really clear, with the three main bouts being being shown on it, along with the date and the channels that are showing the event, Workpoint in Thailand and DAZN globally. It's clear, it makes the star of the show look like a star and is a pretty solid poster. Nothing spectacular, but very solid.
On March 13th boxing will return to Tarlac with a show jointly promoted by Ultimate Knockout Challenger and VSP. The bout has a strange poster/promotional image/bout sheet released featuring two of the fighters and a bout list. We suspect another poster will be made available close to the bout, but if not this is a rather weak promotional image. Then again it does list the when, where and who. Nothing special here, but it is what it is.
Filipino hopeful Charly Suarez hasn't had the quick rise through the ranks that he and his fans from the amateurs would have wanted. Despite that there is still some hope that he can be moved going forward. With that in mind it was great, this morning, to see a poster promoting Suarez and his future, with the title "A New Beginning" and a clear sign that he will be back in action in February. The poster image isn't one for a specific bout, but it is still some promotion for a fighter who many had viewed as a really bright hope when he turned professional. Fingers crossed 2021 will be the break out year that he needs.
On January 30th we get the second KBA show of 2021 and it's a strange one in some ways as it will be headlined by a Korean Heavyweight title fight. Sadly the poster really does leave a lot to be desired here. It's very basic, very plain and very, well, "meh". Given how rare Korean Heavyweight title bouts are we expected something a bit more eye catching and exciting than this dull, uninspired effort.
On January 29th we'll get the next show from Eye of the Tiger Management, as they take their brand of boxing down south and head from Canada to Mexico. Despite the new location their high standard of posters, from the fantastic Jason Toufexis, have continued. This show, dubbed "Un Combo Qui Frappe!", or "A Striking Combo!" for those who don't speak French, features brilliant Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov in one of the main bouts and one the poster.
By now it's pointless saying much about Jason Toufexis' posters, you just need to look at them to see they are the standard bearers that others need to aim for and this is the latest in a long line of fantastic designs.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.