On February 27th we get an MP Promotions show in General Santos City, and it's a rarity as it features an all-Filipino world title fight. That fight will see Pedro Taduran, the IBF Minimumweight champion, defending his belt against Rene Mark Cuarto in a very interesting match up. For the match up the poster has a relatively basic poster, but one that still tried to make the main event look really important. It's nothing amazing but it's certainly a clear, straight forward design.
On February 27th action returns to Almaty, Kazakhstan for an MTK show headlined by the fast rising Kazakh Cruiserweight Kamshybek Kunkabayev, who takes on Northern Irish fighter Steven Ward in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Cruiserweight title, which hasn't been fought for in well 2 and a half years. The poster for the show is a pretty basic one, though that's not a bad thing. Just basic but effective.
Every so often we get show posters that do little to entice. One recent example is this one from India, which has more sponsors on the poster than fighters. In fact does pretty much everything it can to take away this is a boxing event. Really poor poster and one does almost nothing to sell the event. A huge shame.
When we think of Kazakh boxing we tend to think of fighters who have left Kazakhstan to make their name. In recent years however the Kazakh scene has been building over in the Central Asian country with Tukeshov Promotions and Suleimen promotions both putting on frequent shows. On January 26th Tukeshov put on a show with in Almaty. The poster does well in showing that the care has a lot of bouts, and does well in showing so many fighters that they hide the fact the show doesn't have a main event star leading the show. A solid poster that makes up for the event's weaknessess.
Some events tell you exactly what they are, and we have one such event scheduled for January 30th in Macao. The show tells you exactly what it is, with one of the longest show names in recent memory, though sadly has a line up which is really not that interesting, sadly. The poster seems to spend just as much space telling you what the show is are who is on it and it looks very...uninspired.
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.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.